Pamela Bianca Manalo left Wednesday night for the Bahamas where she will compete in the 2009 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant on August 23.
At the send-off party at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Manalo, 22, said she is ready and challenged to bring the title once again to the Philippines.
“I believe that if you really want something, you have to give it your 101 percent,’’ said the former flight attendant, who stands 5’10’’.
In preparing for the pageant, Manalo said she took language courses, reviewed Philippine history, geography, economics, and arts and culture, and brushed up on her knowledge about the Bahamas.
The beauty queen has also undergone on-cam training, like hosting and angles, plus hair and make-up lessons since she will have to do her own hair and make-up during the Miss Universe pageant.
Manalo is a sister of Miss World semifinalist Katherine Manalo-Hernandez.
Their aunt is former Miss Philippines International Nini Ramos Licaros.
She has been taking part in humanitarian missions to uplift the plight of poor Filipinos, and improving the morale of the country’s wounded soldiers.
She also finds time to take part in community-based projects. “I am very thankful that my family has always been blessed but I’m also concerned about the plight of the poor families in our community.”
“Before I joined Bb. Pilipinas, I’ve always been happy to volunteer for Gawad Kalinga in building houses for the poor, joining medical missions and participating in our community’s feeding programs,’’ Manalo said.
When she competed in the 2009 Bb. Pilipinas pageant, Manalo also won special awards such as the Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice Award, Miss Natasha, Miss Philippine Airlines, and Best in Swimsuit.
Prior to the competition, Manalo stood out in cheerleading during high school and college. She also dabbled in modeling when she was 14 and also tried her hand at TV hosting. During her safety training as a flight attendant, she graduated first honorable mention among 75 cabin crew members.If she wins the Miss Universe pageant, Manalo will be the third Filipina to win the title. The past winners were Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran