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PAGEANT expert Jonas Gaffud has said that he has only one wish this Christmas – that the staging next year of the Miss Universe 2016 pageant in Manila will be smooth.
“Yun lang ang Christmas wish ko ngayon at wala nang iba,” said Gaffud during an exclusive interview prior to the arrival of Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa at the Novotel in Cubao, Quezon City recently.
Gaffud also said that he is not resting on his laurels on pageants and he won’t stop until the Philippines becomes the No. 1 powerhouse in all pageants.
“Sa ngayon hindi naman tayo ang No. 1 sa pinakamaraming crown. Gusto ko pinakamarami ang Philippines (na crown) hanggang sa mawala na ang beauty pageant,” said Gaffud.
Gaffud also also said he wants his beauty queens to inspire others by involving themselves in advocacies during their reign.
“Kami sa Aces and Queens, ang gusto namin ang beauty queens namin, manalo man o matalo, may ginagawa silang mabuti during their reign,” he said.
“Kunwari si Kylie. Nag-uusap na kami ni Kylie kung ano ang gagawin n’ya. Dapat may gagawin s’yang role dahil role model s’ya. Dapat ipakita n’ya na s’ya ang best Miss International. And we have to find a way how she will do it. If no one is doing it, we will do it,” Gaffud said.
Gaffud, who is busy these days helping the Philippine government in the staging of the Miss Universe pageant in January 2017, also made his Christmas wish for some of his beauty queens.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach – “Sana maging stable ang love life nya.”
Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray – “Sana s’ya ang maging second Miss World from the Philippines. It’s not impossible.”
Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa – “I hope to find the right projects for her during her reign and she’s very eager to do it.”
Miss World 2013 Megan Lynne Young – “Sana she will have a better showbiz career and ituloy-tuloy n’ya ang beauty with a purpose n’ya habang buhay.”
Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup – “Sana yung daughter n’ya maging katulad din nya.”
Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj – “She has found the Lord and I hope that she will be a better role model for the young.”
Miss Globe 2015 Ann Lorraine Colis – “Sana maging mabuti s’yang beauty queen at hanapin n’ya ang role n’ya sa buhay.”
Miss Grand International 2016 first runner-up Nicole Cordoves – “Sana magkaroon s’ya ng talk show.”