Patricia Cruz and Kyle Patrick de Guzman were named grand winners in the Search for Mr. and Ms. Philippine Youth 2020 during the grand coronation held at Tanghalang Pasigueño on Jan. 12. Mr. and Ms. Philippine Youth International 2019 Rikki Mae Dela Peña and Angelo Basa passed on their titles to Cruz and De Guzman.
The rest of the winners were Mr. and Ms. Philippine Youth Prince and Princesses Eve Janine Valdez and Drake Aclan, Rinrin Raz and Gian Garcia, Ashley Antonio and James Lorenzo Damaso, and Marielle Lim and Joseph Leo.
Cruz, former Princess Universe 2015, is the 16-year-old daughter of ‘hero cop” and the original Gwapulis, Police Brigadier General Gilberto DC Cruz, director of PRO13 (Caraga Region), and former actress and now Mayor of Pola, Oriental Mindoro, Jennifer “Ina Alegre” Cruz.
An 11th-grade student at San Beda College, Cruz wants to become a police officer someday following in the footsteps of his distinguished father.
“Thank you so much to everyone who supported me in this journey. I feel so blessed, I never expected to win such a prestigious title,” Cruz said after the coronation.
“To my family and friends, Tita Jovita, Mama Ram and EJhosh, thank you all so much. You helped me believe in myself and become more confident about myself. You pushed me to do my best. As Miss Philippine Youth 2020, I will make sure to fulfill my duties for the Philippine Youth, to take every opportunity and to make efforts to push forward the advocacies that I have,” Cruz added.
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Mrs. Tourism-Universe 2019 hosts radio program ‘HR Pilipinas’
Mrs. Tourism-Universe 2019 Giselle Legaspi Barrion hosts the weekly radio program HR Pilipinas, which aired its pilot episode on Jan. 5.
The first radio program for human resource professionals hosted by actual HR practitioners tackles issues about talent management, organization development, rewards and recognition, labor relations, and employee engagement and human resources.
The program airs live every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on DWDD 1134 kHz AM and streams live on Facebook on Katropa DWDD-CRS Virtual RTV page.
Barrion, who won the first-ever Mrs. Tourism-Universe title in October 2019, was a former host of Oh My GAD!, a segment of the weekly radio show Voice of the Teachers Multimedia on DWDD 1134 kHz AM Katropa Radio, which won a Gawad Tanglaw Jury Award. She also appeared as a resource person for people development or soft skills in CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Ngayon, DZMM Teleradyo’s Sakto and SalitangBuhay, TV 5’s Perfect Morning, Radyo Veritas’ Veritasan and PTV’s The Medyo Late Night Show with Jojo A.
Barrion, a 38-year-old, Human Resources consultant, corporate trainer and motivational speaker, graduated with a Business Administration degree at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and earned her Master in Business Administration (cum laude) at the UST Graduate School. She is presently a PhD in Organization Development candidate at the Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute (SAIDI) School of Organization Development.
As facilitator and consultant, she has designed and conducted numerous customized programs related to HR-OD, Strategic Planning, Teambuilding, Values & Culture Building, Leadership, Effective Business Writing, and Customer Service. She also authored the You Can Do It! The 6 Keys to Personal Development (A Guidebook for People at Work).
Barrion is one of the Philippine Empowered Woman of the Year 2019 awardees and was awarded Outstanding Corporate Training and Organization Development Consultant in the Philippines by RDH Entertainment Network. She received the 2019 Distinguished Thomasian Alumni Awards (5th Year) along with Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco, Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up Miriam Quiambao, TV host Julie Yap Daza, and former senator Kit Tatad.
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