By Evo Joel Contrivida

Photos by Jayson Pascua
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“I’m really grateful , masaya dapat tayo, kahit ano man yan basta I had the chance to represent our country in an international pageant…at masaya na ako dun.”

The new Queen is home. Recently crowned as Miss Globe 2015, Ann Lorraine Colis was presented to the media yesterday afternoon at Novotel in Araneta Center, Quezon City. She just got back from Toronto, Canada, where the finals of Miss Globe took place last Oct 8, 2015 at Rose Theatre Brampton.
On her speech, Colis admitted that aside from beauty, charm and wit, it’s the overwhelming support of the Filipinos, particularly the different Pinoy communities in the said country. There were 38 candidates around the globe, who joined the international pageant. She took it as a booster and didn’t feel homesick because of the many kababayans who visited her at her hotel.

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“The support I got from our countrymen were so overwhelming until the coronation night, “ she shared. “Feeling ko hindi sa traits ko, hindi sa mukha ko, sa katawan ko or kahit anupaman, kung di yung suporta ng mga tao, ng mga Filipinos. I said Filipinos are the best cheer leaders in the globe, yung positivity na binibigay nila sa akin, yung support, yung love nila, mas lalo ako ginanahan sa ginagawa ko.”
The kind of treatment from the Filipinos in Canada, and the popularity she got, made her a threat to other candidates from the start of the competition. “Pagdating ko pa lang sa venue, all eyes were on me na,” she revealed. “Everytime I greet some visitors, and introduce myself to them and tell them my country, sasabihin nila…’Oh, from Philippines, I’ve heard a lot from you’, so parang ganun, mga first impression nila. The first week was so intense. Nakikita nila na marami akong supporters, sini-search nila ako sa internet, the next week naman maayos ang pakikisama ng mga girls, at saka marami talaga ako naging friends”.

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The 22-year old Accounting graduate from University of Sto. Tomas also admitted that she really don’t know how much cash prize she is receiving, aside from the crown worth a thousand dollar. Due to her hectic schedule right after winning, she needed to return home right away. She didn’t sign the contract yet, and needed to talk to Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. about the schedules and projects to come.
Based on the laid out plans, there are talks that she might be based in Albania, the home of Miss Globe. Schedules need to be discussed, especially regarding her duties and the various travels to different countries, such as USA, particularly Los Angeles, New York, and Dominican Republic.

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This provincial lady from Mexico, Pampanga, also shared sentiments that her first goal during the competition was to win the national costume, wherein Filipino designer John Cliff made her white terno gown, with Philippine Fauna prints, but nevertheless she was happy when she placed second for it.
Ann also clarified that she was happy when BPCI chose her to be the delegate for Miss Globe, rather than competing for Ms. Tourism International (the title she really won for this year’s pageant). But in recent years, there’s no record that that a contest was mounted in the said international contest.
At the presscon, Ann also admitted that she’s willing to give showbiz a try, in case there is an offer, or TV shows. And her dream leading man? Of course, no less than John Lloyd Cruz. She is part of Aces of Queens, a company that trains aspiring beauty queens, headed by Jonas Gaffud.
The second in a family of four, Ann’s father is an Electrical Supervisor in Saudi Arabia. She also revealed that she has a fiancé at the moment.
“Yung respect to everyone, yun lang naman po ang gusto kong ipaabot sa mga tao. That Filipinos know how to respect, lagi nilang kino-consider yung nararamdaman ng kapwa nila, yan po ang gusto ko iparating sa mga tao around the globe”, she explained about the best trait of the Filipinos.

 

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