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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

yKalinga beauty queen crowned Miss Baguio campaigns against bullying, advocates self-love

Ghenesis Dalayday Latugat, an yKalinga beauty queen crowned as Miss Baguio 2021, returns to pageantry after a three-year hiatus to campaign against bullying and to promote self-love.

In an interview, Ghenesis, 22, a 4th year BS Architecture student at St. Louis University, revealed that she developed insecurity within those 3 years she did not join any pageant. In her come back and in her second attempt to win the Miss Baguio crown, she realized she should use the platform to campaign against bullying and to promote self-love.

“This time I realized that this is a great platform to voice out my advocacy and motives as a beauty queen. After three years of not joining any pageants, my insecurity of myself built up. That's why my advocacy focuses on ‘Stop bullying and Promote Self-love’,” she said.

Preparation and challenges faced

After gaining back her confidence with the help of her glam team and friends, especially to her manager, CY Magat, her team started training her with her pasarela and Q and A prior to the screening for Miss Baguio.

Ghenesis’ other preparations for the pageant include going to a fitness gym, going to a parlor to get her nails presentable in every event, and ensuring her skin is in a healthy condition.

While her sponsors and glam team were there to support and prepare Ghenesis, joining the pageant was very challenging for her because she had to balance the event with her studies.

“As an architecture student, joining a pageant while you are studying is already very challenging. It's hard to manage my time to attend practices and events of Miss Baguio while I have classes to attend and plates to finish,” she recalled.

But through her considerate instructors and supportive friends who updated her on matters she missed out on at school, she had managed to balance her studies and the pageant amidst exhaustion and challenges.

Other titles

Ghenesis first joined a beauty pageant when she was 14 and still in high school. Her first attempt resulted in her winning the Miss Tabuk City National High School of 2014.

Her other titles include Ms. St. Joseph - Innandilla 2015 2nd Runner-Up; Ms. Tabuk City Agriculture 2016; Miss Silka 2016; Ms. Baguio 4th Runner-Up 2016; Ms. Cordillera Queen of Festivals 2016 and Ms. Sophie La Trinidad 2017 2nd Runner-up.

Miss Baguio 2021 is the daughter of Gerbacio Latugat from Guilayon and Elenita Dalayday from Cudal, Tabuk City, Kalinga.

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