EDITOR’S NOTE: The Miss Lipa Tourism pageant is holding its Platinum celebration this year as it celebrates its 20th year. We want to introduce the Miss Lipa Tourism 2020 candidates to our followers. For this series, we sent a list of questions to the candidates. Read on for their answers so you can get to know them better.
Full Name: Patricia Ann M. Gonzales
Barangay represented: Pangao, Lipa City
Course/Occupation: Grade 12 student
Motto in life: Everything happens for a reason
Past awards, if any:
Binibing kalikasan 1st runner up (division level) 2016
Binibing kalikasan 2nd runner up (regional level) 2018
Performer of the year 2018
Best in talent on MTBS Jollibee ambassador 2019
Academic excellent award with honor 2019
Academic award best in math 2019
ADL Ms. Intramural 2019
Ms. Philosophy 3rd runner up 2020
1. Can you please introduce yourself to our followers?
Hi everyone. I am Patricia Ann M. Gonzales one of the candidates of Ms. Lipa Tourism 2020. I’m a simple girl that will do everything to reach my dreams.
2. Can you describe your usual day?
In weekdays I usually wake up 6am and in weekends I wake up 8am. I help my father in preparing our meal every day and I also do household chores. And after doing my projects and homework, I watch Korean drama, post and scroll on my social media accounts. In the afternoon I am doing some workout. Before going to bed I pray to our Almighty God and thank Him for the blessed day.
3. Can you describe the modern Lipeña?
Modern Lipeña is equally beautiful, intelligent, kind passionate and empowered. They are not just ordinary women but they are strong women, who fight for their rights and not afraid to face the challenges. They are resilient. Lipeñas are proud to the beauty of our city, Lipa.
4. What’s your favorite Lipeño food?
My favorite Lipeño food is Goto. It is good to eat especially in rainy days.
5. What made you decide to join Miss Lipa Tourism 2020?
I decided to join Miss Lipa Tourism 2020 because many people believe in me and it is also a privilege to represent my barangay. I know joining this pageant is a big challenge in my life. It is a risk that I decided to took because it makes my dream one step closer to me. I also know that this pageant will change me to become the best version of myself. Joining this pageant is not for fame but I want to help my fellow Lipeños with my advocacy and to promote and represent the beauty of Lipa.
6. Why do you think you should win Miss Lipa Tourism 2020?
I am just a simple girl with faith in God and with an extraordinary dream, a heart full of courage and love, a soul unique like each one of us. If I’m going to be crowned Miss Lipa Tourism I will show my care for greater purpose, I will make sure that I am not only doing this for myself but also to inspire people especially youth. It is also a chance to share what I’m truly passionate about and it is to share my advocacy about mental health which is timely and relevant especially with the crisis we are facing right now.
9. How do you plan on helping your fellow Lipeños as a candidate of Miss Lipa Tourism 2020?
As a candidate of Miss Lipa Tourism 2020, I will be an instrument to the Lipeños especially to the youth and make them aware in the importance of mental health to have a better life because it affect our patience, discipline and our decision-making. I would like to influence everyone to be resilient so everybody can withstand the situation we are facing right now.
10. What is your advocacy?
My advocacy is to strengthen the mental health of Lipeños especially the youth. Because now a days we are facing a lot of problems and it affects our life and our purpose. Problems in school, love, society, peers and family are some simple but it can ruin one’s life. Some problems make them suffer and eventually surrender. And some of them choose to end their suffering by ending their own life not knowing the consequence of their chosen path. They believe that they already face their problem but no, they escape from it and make their love ones suffer by leaving them behind. Being aware in mental health will help you think positive and solve your problems responsibly. God gave us only one life so we must live our life to the fullest, lift up each other and make a difference.
11. What’s your message to your fellow Lipeños?
Let us help each other for the betterment of Lipa, even you are in the government, professional, a parent, a student or even an ordinary citizen we can make a change, we can make a difference. A cleaner and peaceful Lipa with well-mannered society. Be humble and kind people who stand up for justice. Everything will be possible if all of us decide to be a good and responsible Lipeños
12. Why do you deserve to be chosen as the Hello Lipa Brand Ambassadress?
I deserve to be chosen as the Hello Lipa Brand Ambbassadress because I’m willing to serve as an instrument to the youth, and I can also be able to promote the tourism of Lipa not only by using my voice but also through my influence in social media, because nowadays social media has been a great platform and a huge impact which helps to inform the netizens about the beautiful spots of Lipa and the several unique qualities and traits of Lipeños.
Also, being resilient in spite of all the challenges that slap the truth of life just like the recent natural disaster that we’ve witnessed – volcanic eruption and the life threatening Covid 19 that gave so much realization to all of us, this I think is one of the best things that an ambassadress should have, because this will really help not just me, but most specially, the youth to learn how to stand again from downfall. Firm, and confident to face the life towards the light.
13. Anything else you want to tell us?
Pageantry is my biggest dream since when I was young and now that I have the opportunity to be one of the candidates of Ms. Lipa tourism, I will work hard to prepare my mind, heart and body and I will give my best shot to prove myself that I deserve this spot. At the age of 17 I want to explore the pageantry world and enhance my skills and make a difference. And also I want to thank all the people behind this pageant because all of you believe in my abilities. Thank you Hello Lipa for giving us the opportunity for our voice to be heard. Mabuhay ang Lipa! Mabuhay Hello Lipa! Kapit Lipeños! Kaya natin to!