Thank you for having me! Ever since I was young, I felt like I could break out of my shell through public speaking. When I was in high school, I took a journalism program at Brown University, then decided to take up Communication for university.
I began auditioning for radio and TV when I was seventeen years old and it all was just a hit or miss. I got rejected numerous times (and still do!), but patience resulted in huge opportunities and big breaks.
If you could collaborate with anyone past or present, who will it be?
I’ve always been a huge fan of Alicia Keys – not just of her music, but everything she stands for as well, from women empowerment to embracing your natural beauty.
What was the experience like participating in Miss Philippines Earth 2020?
It was a whirlwind experience. This was the first time that Miss Philippines Earth went virtual and I struggled with finding enough resources to stage my best performances. There were numerous times throughout the competition where I questioned whether or not I could even make it to the top 10 because I was often the underdog in the predictions.
However, what really motivated me was working with numerous NGOs to distribute relief goods to the marginalized communities affected by the pandemic and making meals for frontliners. During the intelligence and environmental awareness round, I got to speak from the heart sharing about that and that was when I began to shine. All of the hardships were worth it when I was eventually crowned as an elemental queen.
How is a typical day like for yourself?
Prior to quarantine, I worked six jobs, so I would just be driving around the entire city between shoots, radio, and teaching indoor cycling. Now, I moved into a bigger space and have decreased my workload, so I take more time for myself. I usually wake up no later than 8am, sneak in some cuddles with my puppy, and do some sort of workout – whether it be HIIT, cycling, or teaching on the versa climber for Rise Nation.
Then, I go between zoom meetings, visiting the various companies I partner up with, or hosting Miss Earth events (as the international pageant is on-going). In the evening, I work remotely on radio for my show, The Vibe, on Wave 89.1.
At night, my boyfriend and I cook ourselves a healthy dinner and watch Netflix (crime documentaries and movies based on true stories are our favorites)!
Do you have any guilty pleasures when it comes to food?
I love anything with chocolate and anything with cheese. My friends said they have never met anyone who could consume as much chocolate and cheese as I do. I try to limit myself to eating something chocolate-y or cheesy only once a week, making sure that when I do indulge, it’s absolutely worth it.
Would you rather be completely invisible for one day or be able to fly for one day?
I would love to be able to fly for one day! Traveling is one of my biggest passions and there is so much of not just the Philippines, but the entire world that I still want to explore. It would be fantastic to at least see the beautiful aerial views for a day.
What do you not get about the opposite sex?
There’s a beauty in vulnerability, so I never understood why societal standards have built negative connotations with men who share their feelings and emotions.
I especially respect when those of the opposite sex are unafraid to share that part of themselves because it equates to more efficient communication and building stronger relationships.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Gianna. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
For me, there is nothing more stunning than a person who can instantly light up a room as soon as they walk in. Sexy is not only embracing, but being genuinely proud of every part of yourself – from features to flaws. Sexy is knowing that you look good because you feel good.
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