RIDING the wave of current triumph’s of Filipino women in beauty pageants last year, 26-year-old, part time model Christine Paula Love Bernasor finished first runner up in the Miss Scuba International 2013 held at the Sutera Harbor Country Club Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia on Dec.20 also last year.
Bernasor, a Master of Science in Nursing at Cebu Normal University, competed with 14 scuba-diving ambassadors from Australia, China, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.
United Kingdom’s Jaime Lee Faulkner won the title while United States’ Chanel Alexandra Hason, named best diver, was second runner up.
A finalist of Bb. Pilipinas 2013, the 5-foot-7 Bernasor followed last year’s top five finish of Philippine bet Janicel Lubina. Bernasor currently serves as volunteer for Couchsurfing Philippines, a group that works for foreign visitors in the country showing them the Filipino life, provides help for victims of calamities, and conducts feeding program for poor children in Metro Manila.
Bernasor, who hails from Ormoc City, is an active supporter of Island Rescue Organization (IRO), an organization of volunteers dedicated to the plight of animals in the Visayas region. IRO aims to rescue homeless animals, promote responsible pet ownership and advocate humane treatment of animals, and is working to establish the first animal rescue center and sanctuary in the province of Cebu. Bernasor said that working for Couchsurfing has made her more aware of the problems of the country on which people could work on to make it a better world tourist destination.
The Miss Scuba International, only on its 3rd year, is a one of a kind beauty pageant that promotes scuba diving and ocean conservation while celebrating the inner beauty and courage of today’s modern women.
Miss Scuba International 2013 will take her to a year of ocean conservation campaigns to educate and inspire people from around the world to contribute to the efforts safeguarding the oceans and marine life.
Miss Scuba International pageant founder Robert Lo, an avid scuba diver, believes in sustainable development within the realms of our marine environment and hopes that by sharing the beauty and wonders of the underwater world with the help of beauty ambassadors, more will get a better understanding of the oceans, and how they can help to protect these fragile bodies of water.
The pageant also aims to promote safe diving practices through worldwide professional training organizations, and to elevate international tourism and cultural appreciation.
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