1 on 1 with the Quintentennial Miss Cebu 2022
EMBODYING the poise of a goddess, ethereal grace and otherworldly beauty, many ordinary people would find themselves intimidated to be in the presence of a beauty queen. Most of the time, however, we forget that pageant queens are human beings too. They are the ones who work hard under indescribable pressure without batting an eyelid and above all are expected to always embody the utmost poise and poise on stage.
Having won the prestigious title of Quincentennial Miss Cebu 2022 on March 16, Gabriella Mai Carballo is the perfect example of grace and youthful elegance. The sculptural stunner is someone who shines brightly, inside and out. “My faith in God is such a stronghold in my life!” That’s what Gabbi wanted us to know about her. It was a simple and relatable statement that humanized the beauty queen – faith being something all human beings cling to when dealing with life’s daily puzzles.
Let’s get to know the queen behind the crown:
She values learning, has concrete goals and prioritizes her education.
Throughout her journey through pageantry, Gabbi has always prioritized her education. Currently a student at Cebu Doctors’ University College of Medicine, she aspires to become a dermatologist. One tip she mentioned that helped her juggle her duties as a medical student and preparing for the pageant was to plan ahead and make a checklist.
She knows how to kick back, relax, and enjoy social media, just like the rest of us.
To relax and prepare for her future tasks, Gabbi likes to keep a journal and meditate. She said, “It helps put me in the mood for a good, productive day, whether it’s studying, planning projects or hosting meetings.”
“You will also find videos of me singing on Facebook or Instagram for fun,” she confessed, adding that she grew up learning to play different instruments and sports as well, all of which made her a fairly complete person.
She also has little mantras and quotes that help her dust off when the going gets tough. The mantras she lives by are: a.) Small steps each day; b.) It is what it is; and c.) Do it.
“Clearly the last is Nike’s slogan,” the beauty queen said. “But these quotes help me overcome the little daily challenges of feeling tired or unmotivated, or even when things don’t go as planned. I really mentally repeat them to myself when I need a pick-me-up.
She loves music – and good old Cebuano, local music too! Gabbi said the “Simply Cebuana” jingle always gave him LSS – Last Song Syndrome. She said, “It will forever be a reminder of my Miss Cebu experience.”
“I also have a playlist of local Cebu music by artists like the Wonggoys, Intertwined, Vincent Eco and Lourdes,” she said.
She has a power color, a spirit animal, and a pattern.
“My power color would be any shade of blue because it’s usually associated with masculinity, but can be worn by a woman and still look good. My spirit animal would be a tiger because he is majestic yet graceful,” referring to her role model, she then added, “My role model is Rep. Yedda Kittilstvedt-Romualdez. (For me) she is the symbol of a beautiful autonomous Cebuana.
About the contest
How did you prepare the
“I had to look back on my performance at Miss Mandaue 2018 and become aware of my weaknesses, which I personally felt to be my gait and poses, as well as give more concise and short answers during the Q&A.”
What challenges have you encountered along the way?
“I battled burnout more than once throughout the journey. Balancing medical school and a competitive exam is no joke, and at times I felt like my mind was still overloaded because after a long day of activities I had to go home and study for two, three hours. Truth be told, there were times when I just had to cry to let him out! I really lucky to have a very supportive group of friends, especially in medical school, and they constantly uplifted me.
What was the most nerve-wracking moment or challenge that night and how did you cope?
“Q&A of course! The setup was different from most contests, where we each had a different final question and could hear each other’s answers. So I was standing up there tackling both my nerves about the question I was about to ask and trying to keep my brain from focusing on being better than those who answered before me I can honestly say I don’t know how my answer turned out unrolled so easily.
How did you feel the moment you heard them call your name as the winner?
“My God, I was nervous! For some reason, every time I enter a pageant, I’m always up against some of the smartest and prettiest girls! Although I was confident in the answer I gave, I didn’t receive any major awards from the evening of the contest itself (Best in Evening Gown or Best in Modern Kimona), so I knew it was anyone’s game. When I heard them calling my name, I couldn’t help but cry a little. God knows how much I’ve been through in the last six months and it was liberating to be rewarded for all my hard work.
How did you get into the apparatus?
“It actually started when my classmates in nursing school nominated me to be their class muse for Miss Nursing! After winning Miss Valentine 2017 in Nursing, I ran into the late Jonas Borces and he looked at me for a while before he came to me and asked for my number, saying that i had a future in pageantry.i started working with him when i decided to join Miss Mandaue 2018. »
Did your aunt, Miss Cebu Tourism 1991 Vita Grace “Golda” Ceniza-Villanueva, give you any advice or words of inspiration?
“She told me to be more expressive with my eyes on stage! I tend to have sleepy eyes, so I tried to make sure I kept that in mind.
So what’s next for Miss Cebu?
“I plan to plan and implement various projects with the Miss Cebu Charities organization and JCI Zugbuana throughout my reign, and of course fulfill my various duties. I (also) hope to graduate by 2024 of the faculty of medicine. As for the competitions, I don’t know yet if I will participate in the nationals, but I’m not closing any doors!