Philippine bet Zara Carbonell was crowned as the 2018 Miss Tourism Worldwide held in Indonesia last Sunday, September 9.
Zara’s win also means that she is now officially the ambassador for international tourism. Her key responsibility is to promote underrated places and to protect the popular destinations at the same time.
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It’s 6 am and I’m watching the sunrise from a hotel suite in a beautiful underrated city and right at this very moment, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. They say that your biggest wins come right after rock bottom and that right there is your silver lining. Those who know me well know all that I’ve had to lose and learn to get here and all the times I was ready to walk away from this dream and believed that maybe I just wasn’t cut out for it. I’ve learned that if you give the universe enough freedom to decide when and how it manifests what you ask for, it shows up in the most unexpected ways. Things do make better sense in hindsight, thankful for all the setbacks, failures, and people who told me I’m better off not trying – you made me stronger. Grateful for all those who never left my corner even when I’d forgotten to believe in myself. Thank you to @arnupocamay for the superb gowns I wore during the competition, @hanzcoquilla and @markedbymalaya for my everyday wardrobe, @ayumi.eyelash for making sure I came in full battle gear from nails to lashes, @colormanila for supporting me since day 1, @christophermunar for frosting me with your breathtaking pieces, @bragaisjojo for making sure I wore only the best heels on and off stage, @aces_and_queens for having seen potential in me even before I was ready for a crown, my @msworldphil sisters who held my hand through the ups and downs, Doc Ian Laurel for making sure my skin was healthy and glowing all day everyday, #Zaranatics for all the nights you stayed up to win the miss social media queen award! My @dearselforg girls (@sabmonasterio and @margaritarivera_) for always pushing me forward and reminding me that I am worthy of my dreams, @edukasyonph family for giving me time to chase my dreams. To my family and friends who saw past the doubts and defeats, you are my rock. To my parents who sacrificed soooooo much to support my dream from groggy sleepless nights from taping just to watch me do what I love to needle pricks just to make sure I feel at my best, thank you. Thank you for always seeing the best in me, you always will be all the best pieces of me. Philippines, we did it! We #GotZeeCrown
“They say that your biggest wins come right after rock bottom and that right there is your silver lining,” she captioned her most recent Instagram post after her win.
Her caption came from her long career at pageantry, when she competed in the 2011 Miss Earth, the 2012 Bb. Unibersidad where she won Miss Teenager Universe-Philippines and World University-Philippines, and the 2017 Miss World where she won as the 2nd Princess.
Zara Carbonell’s moment in the Q&A part of the pageant was documented by her celebrity father Cris Villanueva.
“Congratulations and I love you Zara,” Cris wrote.
We won, Philippines won!!! My daughter won!!! Congratulations to Miss Philippines Tourism Worldwide for winning Miss Tourism Worldwide in Batam Indonesia!!! ? ? ? ?Congratulations and I love you Zara ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Cris Villanueva on Sunday, September 9, 2018
When asked what Zara’s proudest accomplishment is, the 25-year-old answered that it’s being a co-founder of a social enterprise in the Philippines that forwards self-awareness to the youth.
The other winners of the Miss Tourism Worldwide 2018 were Miss Thailand (1st Runner-up), Miss South Africa (2nd Runner-up), Miss France (3rd Runner-up), and Miss Siberia (4th Runner-Up).
Miss Tourism Worldwide 2018 Zara Carbonell be back on September 15. Congratulations on taking home the crown, Zara!