|Subject: IN FOCUS WITH SUZETTE HERNANDEZ: THE QUEST TO MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2012
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Date Posted: 16:54:04 05/04/12 Fri
**All photos courtesy of Kuna Lu, of Kuna Lu Photography **
IN FOCUS WITH SUZETTE HERNANDEZ: THE QUEST TO MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2012
By Andrew Alcalde
One glance at Suzette Hernandez and you are taken in by her beautiful eyes, million dollar smile and lovely personality; you are mesmerized. Her beauty has the ability to effortlessly take you in and fully engage in her aura.
Why does she look familiar, you ask? Well, Suzette has loads of experience previously competing in pageants in the Philippines. Suzette was the first runner up in Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2010. A year later, she became an official delegate for Binibining Pilipinas 2011, where she was trained by the amazing Maria Venus Raj (4th Runner Up, Miss Universe 2010) and alongside eventual winner, Shamcey Supsup (3rd Runner Up, Miss Universe 2011). But don’t be fooled! Suzette is a true blooded, all-Canadian-girl, at heart. Having gotten to know her over the past year, I can tell you that she represents everything that Canada is all about. She loves her hockey, enjoys her Tim Horton’s donuts and is “blasphemized” when someone uses Aunt Jemima on their pancakes over Canadian maple syrup. If that’s not Canadian, I don’t know what is!
Having emigrated from Lemery, Batangas at a very young age, Suzette grew up Richmond, BC. She completed her high school education at Gladstone and continues to strive for her degree in business at the University of British Columbia. When she’s not hitting the books, she’s hitting the runway as a freelance ramp-model. Suzette has modelled for Vancouver Fashion Week, every year since 2007, with the exception of this year so that she could focus on the Miss Universe Canada Competition. In her owns words, she is ready to represent the true diversity of Canada in addition to highlighting her proudly Pinoy roots. Many of you will remember Suzette as Candidate #35 at Binibining Pilipinas 2011. Well, Suzette looks at that experience as a stepping stone into the woman she has become today. Competing at Binibining Pilipinas was an experience that opened her eyes to self-evolution and betterment and is completely aware of what she needs to do, this time around. As you can see, Suzette has been training for this to the best of her ability, and damn! It shows!
In addition to her preparation, Suzette has always been well rounded in philanthropy, volunteering her time with fundraisers such as Habitat for Humanity, Dress for Success Vancouver and The Batangas Club of British Columbia throughout the years. More recently, Suzette had organized a successful “Fashion Charity Show” fundraising proceeds to the SOS Children’s Villages Nicaragua with a very successful outcome. At the end of the day, Suzette’s ambition is to continue to use her positive influence within her community and hopefully, if fortunate to be crowned MUC 2012, empower and make a difference in this world.
So why do I feel that Suzette is the ideal candidate to represent Miss Universe Canada 2012? In my honest opinion, I feel that a titleholder should embody not only the natural beauty, intelligence and the physicality of a well groomed, versatile “beauty queen”, but she must also possess a genuine and REAL personality. Time and time again, we’ve seen delegates represent their countries, or better yet, themselves, and come across as completely fake personified. The best qualities that any competitor should possess is a strong sense of confidence, focus, morality and sincerity. That is what makes her stand out from the rest of the competition. I’m not going to lie, beauty plays the most important role in a pageant , hence the title “beauty pageant” but add the above mentioned qualities and you have yourself a true winner.
From my perspective, Suzette undoubtedly embodies these qualities and much, much more. Through the eyes of her family and friends, she has EVERYTHING IT TAKES to be your next Miss Universe Canada, and she is more than prepared to do her best this coming Sunday, May 19th. I have no problems standing behind Suzette as her number one supporter, because I know how much this means to her. She really is a woman of substance and it is evident in everything she does in her life. Suzette is motivated, determined and fully prepared to represent the Beauties of Canada Organization this year, if she is given that opportunity.
I asked her this question: How will you persevere throughout the Miss Universe Canada Pageant and distinguish yourself to conquer the overall title?
Suzette: I will persevere and distinguish myself throughout the pageant to conquer the title, simply by continuing to be the positive role model that I have been all of my life. I believe that hard work and determination always pays off and in this case, I have been working very hard to prepare for this pageant. Canada, I am ready to demand that attention you so rightfully deserve and bring us back to the Miss Universe stage, if given this remarkable opportunity!
Winning answer, I must say
In conclusion, I just wanted to share with you why I believe in her so much. We all have our favorites for the title and everyone here will be bias to their opinions. I am proud to say that Suzette happens to be mine! She truly is someone that I can see making everyone in her life proud (regardless of whether or not she wins the title), but above all, bringing our country back to the Miss Universe semi-finals. In a bevy of exotic beauties competing at the pageant this year, Suzette will definitely stand out at the International level. Suze (as I call her), is more than ready to compete at MUC and once you see her in motion, you’ll “get it”.
Suzette Hernandez is my number one choice, she is my Miss Universe Canada 2012.
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