New Filipino beauty queen to help empower youth

Published September 22, 2018, 1:51 AM

by Lee C. Chipongian

By Robert Requintina

Newly crowned Miss Tourism Worldwide 2018 Zara Carbonell has arrived home following her successful stint in Indonesia as she focused on empowering the youth for social change.

Miss Tourism Worldwide 2018 Zara Carbonell. (Photo by Robert Requintina)
Miss Tourism Worldwide 2018 Zara Carbonell. (Photo by Robert Requintina)

At a victory press conference held at Vikings Restaurant in Makati City last Friday, Zara said that she will be visiting countries to help uplift and empower people as part of her responsibilities as a beauty queen. “The journey to the pageant has been super exciting and eventful. We are already looking for partnerships with the community worldwide.”

Zara added: “We are already looking forward to giving talks and workshops in other countries. And strengthening that, we will begin workshops here in the Philippines.”

Staged in Batam, Indonesia last Sept. 9, the inaugural Miss Tourism Worldwide pageant promotes tourism and culture exchange to the world.

“When it comes to pageantry, my heart and soul has always been the same and consistent ever since. It is always to, as cliche as it sounds, make the world
feel better.”

“With Miss Tourism Worldwide, what’s nice about it is that tourism is showcased, yes, but more than that, it is focused on tourism. So this year, I will be going to different countries visiting different communities and really share my advocacy by empowering the youth in all these places,” she said.

“So I think that’s something Miss Tourism Worldwide is very proud to be having. All the tourism pageants have their own advocacy but with Miss Tourism Worldwide, specifically, they use tourism to uplift and empower other people.”

Zara, daughter of actor Cris Villanueva and former fashion model-turned-businesswoman Zharine Marie Carbonell, finished Organizational Communication at the De La Salle University in Manila. She travels a lot and has started her own v-log called “In Zee’s Shoes.” She’s also into soccer, Muay Thai, and boxing to keep her fit.

She also says that she always wanted to become a beauty queen and being a beauty queen is included in her bucket list.