Beyond Beauty is Advocacy

pilar mateo sni THE “P” TALKS

BY: Pilar Mateo

WEARING A crown. How does it feel?

Power. Legitimacy. Victory. Triumph. Honor. Glory. That’s what it symbolizes.

On July 28, 2019, our very own Lovely Gervacio Tanjan will compete with 39 candidates from all over the globe for the crown of Mrs. International.

She is representing the country as Mrs. Universe Finest Woman 2019 at Encoure In Melaka, Malaysia.

Lovely is jetting off to Malaysia on Monday with her team. Mrs. Universe 2019 Representative Patricia Javier (who will vie for the crown in the US come November) is flying with Lovely to give her that much support.

“Kinakabahan dahil nagsi-sink in na ‘yung pressure. But of course, gaya ng sabi ng mga sisters ko sa beautu pageant, just enjoy the moment. My family will fly to Malaysia. My husband. My girls (8 and 2 years old) will be left behind kasi may school.”

Lovely Gervacio Tan (1)

Lovely, who describes herself as determined, passionate and strong believes that “I go by the belief that you have to love yourself first. You cannot love others unconditionally if you yourself cannot love yourself.”

Married now for almost 10 years, Lovely has been an advocate of anti-bullying and anti-domestic violence.

“Marriage is not a bed of roses. But it is you and your partner who works together to make it stronger. Marami ka pa ring matututunan in the process. Isa na is to have that total communication no matter what to achieve that understanding.

“If I wear the crown, I will continue being an advocate of anti-bullying, anti-domestic violence amd anti-abuse to women and children. I will focus on helping victims, more importantly on how to help every woman to realize their swlf-worth so that problems such as these may be prevented.”

Lovely has been doing her share of the advocacy long before she was picked to join the pageant bit.

A registered nurse who for a rime worked in Dra. Vicky Belo’a clinic, Lovely decided to face the domestic front to make her kids her priority.

“But long ago, pareho kami ng wish ng Daddy ko na maging piloto ako. Si Mom ang nanalo kaya naging Registered Nurse ako. Gusto ko sanang mag-try mag-Pilot. Kasi alam ko, gusto ng Daddy ko na ako ang magtuloy ng pangarap niya. Sasakay na lang ako ng plane. Hindi na magpapalipad.”

Lovely Gervacio Tan (4)

And Lovely will soar as she glides and romps on Encoure’s 360 degrees size of a stage Theatre, vying among 39 candidates.

“I am extremely happy na may ganitong pageant na hindi naka-focus lang sa pag-rampa mo or kung gaano ka ka-sexy ka-ganda o ka-brainy. ‘Yung meron ka pa pala purpose. Being an empowered woman there’s much you can do pa pala.

“I have my crown as the Queen of my husband’s life and my daughters’, too and ibang crown na itong ipagdasal natin na iuuwi ko next week.”

Lovely hopes to get the support of our kababayans especially if online voting will be opened.

Nasib baik! Membawa home the crown!

Lovely Gervacio Tan (3)

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