Steffi Rose Aberasturi: Cebu Province's Undefeated Queen

by Arniel C. Serato
Aug 29, 2021
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Cebu Province's Steffi Rose Pearson Aberasturi eyes Miss Universe Philippines 2021 crown: “I believe with a winner mindset, it will really take me somewhere. I’m here to win it! For I strongly believe in the Law of Attraction.”
PHOTO/S: Courtesy: @steffiaberasturi on Instagram

Matinik ang pangalang Steffi Rose Pearson Aberasturi pagdating sa local pageants, partikular na sa Queen City of the South, Cebu.

Mula 2011 hanggang 2018, pitong beauty pageant titles na ang napagwagian ni Steffi: Sinulog Festival Queen 2011, Miss Campus Femme 2012, Miss IPI 2012, Miss Mandaue 2013, Reyna ng Aliwan 2014, Miss Beauche International 2015, at Binibining Cebu 2018.

Kaya naman tinagurian siyang “undefeated beauty queen.”

Lahad ng 26-year-old beauty queen sa panayam na lumabas sa SunStar SuperBalita Cebu nitong August 21, “’Undefeated’ is such a big word! I prefer the word ‘blessed,’ I guess.

“And for me to achieve that, I have to undergo a lot of preparations, immeasurable hard work, strong dedication, and a whole lot of prayers.

“The journey was like a rollercoaster ride, never easy yet exciting and fulfilling.

“And most importantly, have an unwavering faith to our dearest Creator for I believe with prayers, nothing is impossible.

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“It’s also very overwhelming seeing many Filipinos rooting for me, especially the people of Cebu.

“No words can express how grateful I am for all the support they are showing me.

“I just have to do my best and take it ‘One STEFF at a time.’”

WHO IS STEFFI ROSE PEARSON ABERASTURI?

Kahit tunog banyaga ang kanyang pangalan, sa Pilipinas ipinanganak at lumaki si Steffi na may dugong Spanish, Australian at Filipina.

Ang kanyang lolo ay kapitan ng barko sa Espanya. Nabighani siya sa ganda ng Leyte, nakapag-asawa doon, at tumira ang pamilya niya sa Southern Leyte. Nagpunta ng Cebu ang ama ni Steffi para doon mag-aral sa kolehiyo.

Ang lolo naman niya sa ina ay isang mining engineer sa Australia. Bumili siya ng lupa sa Mindanao at nakapangasawa ng Pinay. Lumipat ang kanyang pamilya sa Liloan, Cebu para manirahan malapit sa beach.

Kaya naman sa Cebu nagkakilala ang mga magulang ni Steffi, at doon lumaki ang beauty queen.

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Ipinanganak si Steffi noong September 20, 1994.

Nag-aral siya ng kindergarten, elementarya, at high school sa San Roque College de Cebu (SRCDC), Liloan.

Nagtapos naman siyang cum laude sa University of San Carlos (USC) sa Cebu City sa kursong Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management.

THE SECRET OF HER WINNING STREAK

Matapos koronahang Binibining Cebu 2018, naitanong kay Steffi ang sikreto ng kanyang palagiang pagkapanalo sa mga pageants na kanyang sinalihan.

Dito ay binalikan ni Steffi ang isang beses niyang pagkatalo noon sa isang pageant.

Kuwento niya sa panayam ng Cebu Daily News (CDN) na lumabas noong October 27, 2018, “Well, I was first runner-up in a CESAFI [Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. 2013] event once, and I am always thankful.

“Because in joining a competition, I never join something na I feel that I don’t have a chance of winning.

“I always make sure of my chances and probabilities of me bagging the title.

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“I don’t know, like naa lang ko’y ma-feel nga kani siya nga competition naa ko’y dako nga chance. [I don’t know, like meron akong nararamdaman na itong kumpetisyon na ito ay meron akong malaking chance.]

“So dili lang ko go lang nang go just for the sake of joining, dili ko ingon ana. [So hindi ako go lang nang go just for the sake of joining, hindi ako gano’n.]

“So when Binibining Cebu opened its doors, I just trusted my gut feel, like there’s something inside me urging me that I am destined for this.

“It’s like this, every time I join a competition, I always think that I am already the winner.

“The mind is really powerful, and when you’re optimistic about something, you can push yourself to the limit.

“Pushing yourself harder to be better. When I was signing the application form, I was already claiming it, winner na 'ko.”

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Ang role model ni Steffi pagdating sa beauty pageants ay si Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.

Kuwento pa niya sa CDN interview noong 2018, “It has got to be Pia Wurtzbach. Ever since she won Miss Universe, she has been an inspiration in terms of reaching one’s goals and in making a positive mark in this world.

“Aside from her being generous, she has such adorable qualities. Her bubbly personality inspires many people, she made us believe that we can be our own Miss Universe in our own way.”

STEFFI, BOYFRIEND CELEBRATE 8TH ANNIVERSARY LAST JULY

May longtime boyfriend si Steffi—ang schoolmate niya noong college sa USC na si Karl Vincent Arcenas.

Noong July 18, ipinagdiwang nila ang kanilang ikawalong anibersaryo.

Pagbati ni Steffi kay Karl, “Celebrating 8 amazing years w/ boss KDA [two hearts emoji] thank you for being so supportive of my dreams and always having my back ! Love you always & forever

#Karffineverdies #happyanniversary

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Mensahe naman ni Karl sa kanya, “Happy 8th Anniversary to my Universe. You do know how much i love you lang and im always here to support you on whatever endeavors you want in life.

“Go forward and make your dreams come true [heart emoji] Keep shining [sparkles emoji] @steffiaberasturi

MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES 2021 JOURNEY

Umingay ang pangalan ni Steffi sa Miss Universe Philippines 2021 pageant nang makopo niya ang Top 1 sa Runway Challenge ng pageant.

Naungusan kasi ng pambato ng Cebu Province ang mga frontrunners na sina Asia's Next Top Model Season 5 winner na si Maureen Wroblewitz (Pangasinan) at ang young star na si Kisses Delavin (Masbate).

Top 2 at Top 3 respectively ang naging ranking nina Maureen at Kisses sa challenge.

Top trending topic sa social media ang pagrampa ni Steffi sa ginagawa pa lamang na Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway sa Cebu.

Marami ring memes na may hashtag na #unsteffablewalk ang naglabasan dahil sa kanyang pagrampa sa nasabing tulay.

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Ito ang naging entry niya sa nasabing challenge ng pageant at matagumpay niyang naipanalo.

Pasasalamat niya sa lahat ng bumoto sa kanya, “We shine brighter together!

“Words can not justify how thankful and overjoyed I am for all the support. From reaching 100k followers on Instagram, seeing all the creative memes, being in awe of the fierce versions of the #unsteffablewalk, to ending the week with winning a challenge among this sisterhood of such strong and inspiring women - the overwhelming flow of love truly makes my heart full.

"We, the contestants of MUP, have given our all to this pageant, so that at the end of the day, we can put a smile on everyone's faces amidst this trying time.

"Despite all the challenges that come our way, let's not forget to be thankful, be happy, and to always bring joy to others."

Pasok na rin sa Top 50 si Steffi.

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Naikuwento ni Steffi sa SunStar Superbalita Cebu ang kanyang paghahanda para sa pageant.

Aniya, “Lately, I’ve been working out in Consolacion gym with the help of Coach Rane Repique.

"He’s been pushing me to my limits and mentally encouraging me to stay fit and healthy.

"Also, I’ve been training Pasarela walk and Q&A in Labangon with Karla Supersoft, and online Q&A with my mentor in Manila.

"Labangon is quite far from my house in Liloan, but I don’t mind, for I’m taking it as a challenge to show how determined I am to win this prestigious competition.

"I’m under KF [Kagandahang Flores] Cebu, but as I go to Manila, the KF Manila led by Rodin Flores will be behind me."

STEFFI'S ADVOCACY

Malaking bahagi sa beauty pageant life ni Steffi ang kanyang adbokasiya na makatulong sa mga local businesses.

Isa rin kasing maliit na negosyante si Steffi, na kumikita sa pamamagitan ng online selling.

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Sa video introduction na ipinasa niya sa Miss Universe Philippines, sinabi niyang ang tawag ng kanyang mga kaibigan sa kanya ay “Queendera,” or “queen” at “tindera.”

Tindera na raw talaga siya mula pa noong high school. Ilan sa mga binebenta niya noon ay pagkain, damit, at mga beauty products.

Sa panayam sa kanya ng SunStar SuperBalita Cebu, sinabi niyang nais niyang matulungan ang mga maliliit na negosyante.

Lahad pa ni Steffi, “I am an advocate of encouraging small businesses and I empower them through inspiring, supporting and promoting.

“We have to adapt into this changing times and advance our entrepreneurial practices while promoting our local fashion, arts, and culture.

“It’s relatable to me since I’ve been an online seller ever since when I was in high school, and that is something I want to teach to the youth, and at the same time helping and supporting our small businesses adapt to this new normal."

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“MINDSET OF A WINNER”

Sa ngayon, ongoing pa rin ang botohan para sa final batch of qualifiers. Mula sa Top 50, 30 candidates na lang ang makakapasok sa finals.

Umaasa si Steffi na mapabilang siya sa Top 30 para maibandera niya ang dangal ng Cebu province.

Isinasaisip na ni Steffi na maiuwi niya ang korona at titulo ng Miss Universe Philippines 2021.

Saad ni Steffi sa kanyang panayam sa SunStar SuperBalita Cebu, “I rate myself a 10! Not to sound boastful and bragging, but for me to win and take this challenge, I have to have this mindset of a winner.

“And having this positive mindset keeps me going. It’s not gonna be easy, especially competing against empowered ladies from all over the Philippines, but I just need to throw caution to the wind and take the first step.

“I don’t need to see the whole staircase, all I just need is to take the first step and keep climbing until I reach the top.

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“I believe with a winner mindset, it will really take me somewhere. I’m here to win it! For I strongly believe in the Law of Attraction.”

Sa September 25 gaganapin ang grand coronation ng Miss Universe Philippines 2021.

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Cebu Province's Steffi Rose Pearson Aberasturi eyes Miss Universe Philippines 2021 crown: “I believe with a winner mindset, it will really take me somewhere. I’m here to win it! For I strongly believe in the Law of Attraction.”
PHOTO/S: Courtesy: @steffiaberasturi on Instagram
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