Half Pinay Arielle Diane Garciano is New Zealand bet to Miss World 2014

BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO
 
 
A Filipina was chosen to represent New Zealand in Miss World 2014, the Philippine Embassy in New Zealand said in a news release.

The beauty pageant was held at Rendezvous Grand Hotel in Auckland last April 26. Garciano, who has a Filipino father, comes from Lyttelton, Christchurch.

Garciano is the youngest of four siblings. Her father came from Camotus Island, Cebu.
 

The 22-year-old stunning beauty with a big heart actively helped in the Miss World New Zealand Beauty with a Mission project in collaboration with the Rotary Club of New Lynn to raise money for Loren, a Filipino child who has been chosen by the Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children to undergo a successful facial surgery at Starship Hospital in Auckland.

Garciano is working as a branch sales coordinator in a retail store in New Zealand.
 

In her profile, Garciano said that being a New Zealander with parents of different ethnicities “has enabled me to widen my life’s perspectives.”

Garciano thanked her Filipino supporters and the Filipino community in New Zealand who gave her the confidence to best the pageant.  
 
She has gone to the country a few times to visit her father's family.
 

She hopes to accept the crown from Filipina actress Megan Young who was crowned Miss World last year after besting 126 candidates.

The Philippines has yet to choose its Miss World bet after Young became the first Filipina to bag the title in 2013.

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