ON MY WATCH
By MANUEL L. CABALLERO
R’BONNEY GABRIEL LEGIT MISS UNIVERSE; LOIDA LEWIS' BOOK OUT IN MARCH; EX-VP ROBREDO TO KEYNOTE REUNION OF FELLOW UP ALUMNI IN AMERICA
Did you notice our title is about three empowered women?
To us, the most Miss Universe-like candidate in the most recent universal beauty pageant among 80+ contestants was our own R’ Bonney Gabriel of Texas. Why did I bring this topic up? Please read the following which I also wrote.
R’BONNEY GABRIEL RESIGNS AS MISS USA TO FOCUS WORK AS MISS UNIVERSE
R’Bonney Gabriel, the first Filipina American Miss Universe, after resigning as Miss USA in order to concentrate on her reported $250,000/year job as Miss Universe, became the object of fraud accusations in her winning the universal beauty contest.
In a statement, Gabriel said, "You know, I have to be honest. It is very hurtful. It's very disheartening because I have put my heart and my soul into it...I know there are always rumors that can start.... There will always be people that try to bring you down."
"I'm focused on being successful," she concluded.
The Miss Universe Organization, defending Gabriel and the Organization, issued a statement saying that instead of focusing on unfounded accusations, they will continue to do their good work.
The wonder Filipina American from New York, businesswoman Loida Nicolas Lewis has a new book scheduled to come out by the end of March. It is an autobiography. Title is "Why Should Guys Have All the Fun." If you have not read her flyer, please do so. See below.
The 3rd empowered woman in this week's column needs no introduction, former PH Vice President Leni Gerona Robredo. This October, she will be the keynote speaker during the Grand Reunion of her fellow alumni from UP in America. The event will be held in NJ.