New Zealand’s bet for Miss Universe wants to visit Pangasinan, her mom’s hometown

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  • New Zealand’s bet for the Miss Universe beauty pageant is part-Filipino
  • Tania Dawson said she wants to visit her mom’s hometown
  • Dawson said she got what it takes to win the competition

New Zealand’s bet for the Miss Universe beauty pageant, Tania Dawson, who is half-Filipina, expressed her desire to visit her mother’s hometown – Pangasinan.

As mentioned in an Inquirer article by Gabriel Cardinoza, Miss Dawson, who is a teacher in New Zealand, wants to visit a public school in Santa Maria town, where her mother Margarita Garcia Palabay spent her early schooling, and to pay a courtesy call to provincial and municipal officials.

Ms. Dawson had emailed the municipal tourism officer of the province, Ms. Doris Ramos; expressing her desire to visit the town next week, as per the Inquirer story. Ms. Ramos said they have prepared for the expected visit of the half-Pinay New Zealander. However, the visit will not push through as the director of the Miss Universe Organization handling the beauty pageant has rejected the idea.

“MUO gave us certain requirements that were impossible for us to comply with,” Doris Ramos said. “But we have prepared everything, including Tania’s itinerary and welcome tarpaulins.”

Being part-Filipino, Ms. Dawson believes she would be one of the crowd favorites in the competition that will be held on January 30, 2017 at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

“Being of Filipino heritage, my mum’s Filipino, I think people in the Philippines will be able to relate a bit more than the other contestants,” Dawson said; adding, “But in terms of judging, it’s not about your popularity or your ethnicity, but it’s about what’s inside.”