Huelar said her inner strength comes from the challenges she had faced when she was young. She lost both her parents at the age of 20, a loss which she turned into one of her biggest advantages whether in pageants or in real life. Huelar won a crown on her third attempt in the national pageant.
“It was the moment that I needed to be strong no matter what life throws at me, and I became an independent woman,” the 24-year-old Huelar said during the send-off hosted for her and Miss Universe-Philippines Catriona Gray at the Novotel Manila, Araneta Center.
Huelar, who hails from Mandug, Davao City and graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Finance from Ateneo de Davao University, has been appointed Ambassadress of 2018 International Assembly of Youth for UNESCO (Y4U). She was recognized by the National Association of UNESCO Clubs in the Philippines for her valuable efforts in inspiring the youth in the grassroots level through her advocacies in sports with the Maharlika Sports in Davao, expression through film with the Film Academy of the Philippines Mindanao, and health of young seafarers via Positibong Marino, a seafarers group supported by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITWF).
Being a seafarer’s daughter, Huelar strongly supports the Associated Marine Officers and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP), helping draw awareness to the welfare of Filipino seamen, considered the biggest number of employed crew onboard merchant vessels around the world.
Present during the pair’s send-off were Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) chairperson Stella Marquez Araneta, Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental Karen Gallman, Bb. Pilipinas-Globe Michele Gumabao, Bb. Pilipinas 2nd runner-up Samantha Bernardo and Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul who gave Huelar some tips for her competition.
Huelar is currently in Malopolska, Poland competing at the 10th Miss Supranational along with other 80 delegates from around the globe. If she wins the crown, she would be the second Filipina to bring home the title.
Coronation night is on Dec. 7 in the mountain resort of Krynica-Zdroj.
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