MANILA — Gazini Ganados had a ready answer when asked what sets her apart from Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray, her Miss Universe Philippines predecessors who went on to claim the international title in 2015 and 2018, respectively.
“Everyone’s unique, and I know for a fact that we all carry different causes. I think that’s what makes me unique, the causes that we bring into Miss Universe,” she said, referring to her advocacy of improving elderly care in the Philippines.
Wurtzbach was known for her vocal stance on HIV/AIDS awareness, while Gray drew attention to the lack of education for underprivileged children in Manila.
Ganados spoke with ABS-CBN News’ Dyan Castillejo on Friday on the sidelines of the ongoing Miss Universe 2019 pageant in Atlanta, USA, where Gray will her crown her successor on December 8 (December 9 in Manila).
Ganados and Gray met briefly the night prior during a pre-pageant activity, as seen in a selfie the 2019 candidate shared on Instagram.
“She’s really sweet, she’s still nice,” Ganados said of her compatriot.
“I think that she is doing really, really great. She told me that she can’t wait for the new journey she will have.”
At the time of the interview, Ganados was set to undergo a preliminary interview with the judges, where candidates are usually quizzed on their personal background.
“What I want them to know is that I’m not just a beautiful representative from the Philippines… I am a woman with a purpose, beyond beauty,” she said.