Earlier this month, New Zealand’s bet for the Miss Universe beauty pageant, Tania Dawson, who is half-Filipina, expressed her desire to visit her mother’s hometown, Pangasinan, as well as her blood relations … and she did!
She met her Filipino family and as per her posts on Instagram, she loved getting to know her roots in the Philippines.
Tania’s mom, Mrs. Margarita Palabay, was likewise ecstatic over her daughter’s visit and admitted she’s trying to convince Tania, who’s a teacher in New Zealand, to enter Philippine showbusiness, as per an interview with Bombo Radyo Dagupan.
The proud Mom also said if she could have her way, she would prefer her daughter to live in the country so they would be together. But of course, it’s Tania’s life and she won’t get in the way if her daughter would go back to being a full time teacher in New Zealand.
Palabay also shared that it was her who prodded Tania to join the pageant after the latter became a supermodel in 2014.
It’s so unbelievable, she said, that her daughter is right there and will be among those who will vie for the Miss U crown come January 30.
In the same interview, Palabay also disclosed that she met Tania’s father when she was working as a saleslady in a store in Baguio.
Before Tania’s flight back to New Zealand on February 4, she said their family is hoping Tania will spend more time with them at Barangay San Vicente, Sta. Maria in Pangasinan.
Meanwhile, being part-Filipino, Tania believes she would be one of the crowd favorites in the competition that will be held at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
“Being of Filipino heritage, my mum’s Filipino, I think people in the Philippines will be able to relate a bit more than the other contestants,” Ms. New Zealand said; adding, “But in terms of judging, it’s not about your popularity or your ethnicity, but it’s about what’s inside.”
Her visit to Pangasinan: