Very excited si Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu nang makasalamuha nito ang ilang pageant fans na matiyagang naghintay sa kanyang pagdating sa Pilipinas nitong Linggo ng hapon, April 24, 2022.
Bukod sa kanyang home country na India, ang Pilipinas ang unang bansang pinuntahan ni Harnaaz matapos nitong koronahan bilang Miss Universe sa Eilat, Israel noong December 2021.
Personal siyang sinundo ni Narvacan, Ilocos Sur Mayor Luis "Chavit" Singson at ng anak nitong si Architect Richelle Singson-Michael mula sa India gamit ang kanilang 12-seater private plane, ang Air Beauty One.
"I’m very excited to explore," pahayag ni Harnaaz sa local press, kabilang ang PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), paglapag niya sa Platinum Skies Hangar sa Pasay City.
Patuloy ng reigning Miss Universe, "And I’m so happy that Mr. Chavit and his daughter Richelle came especially to India just to pick us up.
"And it was a fun flight at Air Beauty One, and… it was such a wonderful and smooth flight.
"And I just keep on checking my time to come here in the Philippines and meet you all. So I’m finally here."
MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES 2022
Isa sa mga dahilan ng pagpunta ni Harnaaz sa bansa ay ang pagiging bahagi niya ng judging panel ng Miss Universe Philippines 2022.
Ayon kay Harnaaz, nakatutok na rin siya sa social media upang makilala ang mga kandidata. Ngunit mas excited siyang makilala ang mga ito nang personal.
"With judging, and I think it’s one of the most difficult things one can do, to be a part of a judging panel. I have been watching girls. They all are incredible.
"And I can’t wait to meet them in person and see the spark and X-factor, to represent this beautiful country."
Sa tanong naman kung anong characteristics ang hinahanap niya sa susunod na Miss Universe Philippines titleholder, sagot ni Harnaaz, "I think she just needs to be authentic and confident in herself.
"And she’d be very wise of whatever she believes and she’s ready to prove it... And have that caring and courageous attitude to change the world."
MINI-REUNION WITH MISS UNIVERSE BATCHMATES
Masaya si Harnaaz na natupad ang isa sa kanyang mga hiling na makapunta sa iba pang bansa bilang Miss Universe, lalo't kasalukuyan pa ring nasa COVID-19 pandemic ang buong mundo.
Excited din siyang makitang muli ang kanyang Miss Universe batchmate na si Beatrice Luigi Gomez lalo't naging malapit din ang dalawa nang sila ay bahagi pa ng kompetisyon.
Aniya, "I think I have manifested and I’ve been praying out loud, I hope this COVID ends and it gets better so that I could travel to the Philippines.
"And fortunately, it’s happening, and Bea is one of the closest girls that I have met during Miss Universe.
"And we shared a lot of things together. And I’m really excited to make some new memories."
Isa pa sa mga bagay na nilu-look forward ni Harnaaz mula sa kanyang week-long trip sa bansa ay ang reunion nila ng iba pang Miss Universe 2021 candidates.
Kabilang dito si Miss Nepal 2021 Sujita Basnet at Miss Singapore 2021 Nandita Banna na manonood din ng grand coronation night ng Miss Universe Philippines.
"If I'm not wrong then, Miss Nepal and Miss Singapore are also joining.
"So the fact that the four of us were together, managed by one supervisor... So we can't wait to recreate those memories..."
EXPLORING THE PHILIPPINES
Kahit isang linggo lang mamamalagi si Harnaaz sa bansa, excited na siyang makasubok ng iba't ibang Filipino food.
Aniya, "I’m so, so happy and excited to be here in the Philippines. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time and [it’s] the first country I’m visiting after India.
"So, I’m so happy. This is is starting with all your love and support and I can’t wait to try some Filipino food."
Dagdag ni Harnaaz, "I think I want to explore the city. I want to try some Filipino coffee and some food.
"I’m sure there will be a lot of other things so I’m open to exploring anything possible."
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