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: Princess Andreia L. Lao
Brgy Represented: Brgy. Marawoy
Course/Occupation: Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Motto in life: A mentor once told me: “There is confidence and there is also arrogance; always make sure to know the difference..” I think it is a good reminder to live by.
Homecoming Band Queen, Senior Year, Olympian High School
Drum Major/Flute Section Leader, Olympian High School Marching Band
Graduated with Honors, Olympian High School, Batch 2018
1st place, Model Plane Making Contest. Aerospace Engineering Dept. San Diego State University.
Can you please introduce yourself to our followers?
Hello! I am Princess, a sophomore student in San Diego State University. I currently live in Chula Vista, California but I was proudly born in Lipa City. I am one of your aspirants for Miss Lipa Tourism 2020 and I am happy to virtually meet you all!
Can you describe your usual day?
Outside of school and part-time work, my usual day consists of leisurely activities at home. My interests include reading, playing video games, practicing my flute, and sometimes writing short stories. I also love eating out with friends and exploring new areas with them. When my parents are free from work we also go on spontaneous trips. I cherish every moment I spend with people around me because I believe the biggest mistake you can do is to rush life.
Can you describe the modern Lipeña?
A modern Lipeña is a woman who embraces her roots wherever her endeavors may take her. A woman who is proud of her genuine accent and authentic tradition even in a foreign land. A woman who is fearless in pursuing her dreams but never forgets the significance of her values, her standards, and her family.
What’s your favorite Lipeño food?
Lomi! I have been a lot of places where they try to match it, but the one from Lipa is still hands down, the best!
What made you decide to join Miss Lipa Tourism 2020?
Friends and family have been encouraging me to join beauty pageants but I was waiting for the right moment and appropriate stage. I came across Miss Lipa Tourism and was impressed with its legacy and felt the calling. I want to be an encouragement; I want to continue sharing good deeds and it’s a good start through Miss Lipa Tourism.
Why do you think you should win Miss Lipa Toursim 2020?
Miss Lipa Tourism celebrates Lipeñas of different beauties and background. It empowers them to realize their goals and purpose. If given the crown, I will be the best asset to the organization as I have the warrior’s spirit to pursue its legacy and a servant’s heart to further promote our people and beloved city.
How do you plan on helping your fellow Lipeños as a candidate of Miss Lipa Tourism 2020?
I plan to help my fellow Lipeños from within; to inspire and serve as a shining example. In order to make change, one must first have inspiration and motivation, and I plan to serve as every Lipeños influence to be better. Nothing is impossible, and I believe that if we constantly try to be better as Lipeños who cradles our heritage and culture, then we can achieve great heights.
What is your advocacy?
My advocacy is to promote Lipa tourism with environmental awareness and social responsibility. Tourism is a good source of proceeds for the city but must be practiced with balance and must not be exposed to neglect and overutilization. I would love to head programs that has a strong will on spreading awareness on how to respect, protect and preserve our heritage and resources, so the people of Lipa will have continuous benefits.
What’s your message to your fellow Lipeños?
Be steadfast and always strive to be better but with solidarity. Do not let divisiveness prosper and let us have our culture of helpfulness be always in our hearts. Let us be a society that ask not what the city can do for us but rather, what can we offer our city? The number one wealth of Lipa are its people. People that respect its resources, people that preserve its culture, and people that just not love its neighbors but also accepts their differences and people that are proud of their heritage.
Why do you deserve to be chosen as the Hello Lipa Brand Ambassadress?
Hello Lipa is a great structure in promoting our beloved city and has the equivalent values of the programs that I would love to pursue. I would like to be the face of Hello Lipa because it is a great podium to collaborate both our platforms which is the wellness of the city and its people. I would like to take a great part and give support in fostering the advance of Lipa city.
Anything else you want to tell us?
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. It is an honor to be chosen as one of the candidates for Miss Lipa Tourism 2020 and hopefully be given the crown.
If ever, I would wear it with pride and shoulder the responsibility given. I am focused, I am driven and I will be the best emblem.