Mitzie Go Gil, a 40-year-old native of Sultan Kudarat, was named Mrs. Asia Pacific Tourism 2018 after besting 22 married women from Asia and Pacific countries at the finals held recently at the Phoenix Forest City Garden Hotel in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Gil, a mother of three, a travel entrepreneur and a philanthropist, also took home the Mrs. Glamour, Best in Smile, People’s Choice and Special Queen Ambassador special awards in the pageant where compatriot Eurresse Czeurisse Misola, a 24-year-old Cebuana, won as Mrs. Asia Pacific All Nation 2018, and bagged the Best in National Costume and Mrs. Encouraging Woman special awards.
Gil and Misola joined other winners including: Mrs. Russia Ulyana Kofanova, Mrs. Asia Pacific Global 2018; Mrs. India Urooj Ashaish Khan, Mrs. Asia Pacific Intercontinental 2018; and Mrs. Malaysia Elisse Lim, Mrs. Asia Pacific Cosmopolitan 2018.
The five-day pageant was a presentation by Lumiere International based in Singapore exclusively for married women advocating women empowerment, among others.
The pageant’s national director Annie Refrea, believes that Gil’s sincerity and being authentic helped her a lot to win this international competition and she was so happy seeing Gil bringing the crown and trophy.
Go is the wife of retired PNP Gen. Virtus V. Gil, who currently acts as vice president of V.V.G. Realty and manager of the Eagles Fly Travel & Tours. She considers Davao Mayor Sarah Duterte as her role model. She dreamed as a kid of becoming a beauty queen and at the age of 10, she experienced her first pageant in a small town in Sultan Kudarat, finishing third among three contestants.
Go was invited to represent the country in the Mrs. Asia Pacific after being spotted at a Christmas party of the National Association of Independent Travel Agency (NAITAS) when she won as Star of the Night.
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