During the Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Pre-Final Screening at Novotel Manila Araneta Center late last month, I remember (now) Binibini 34 Gabriela “Abby” Ortega and how she captured the interest of Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta when – during the small talk between judges and candidates – they conversed in fluent Spanish. That could have been a plus point, I reckon. But setting aside the small detail, this Aces & Queens bet is a total charmer on her own merits. She is very vibrant and engaging in person.
courtesy of Beauty Pageant Updates
Allow me now to give Abby the floor:
“My full name is Gabriela Patricia Madarieta Ortega. It is so long that in the attendance list of school my name got cut and they kept asking for Gabri, looking for a boy in class with that name.
You can call me Abby or Gabriela. My parents wanted a name with G like my dad, Gerardo Ortega. They wanted my initials to be G O so it was Go!; and perhaps so I could reuse some objects (haha) my dad had his initials on (like his analogic camera which I sometimes use). My parents were watching a tennis match one day, they saw Gabriella Sabattini, an Italian tennis player and loved the name.
I was born in Madrid where my mom (Ma. Victoria Madarieta) and dad met and when my paternal grandfather, Manuel Ortega, was still the Philippine Tourism attaché there. We moved to Barcelona when I was very young. In that city alone, there is a big community of Filipinos and we would participate in some activities. I always prticipated during some weekends because I lived in a town next to Barcelona City.
I am the oldest of 3 sisters. My dad, Gerry, tried to get us all to like basketball and play with him, but he wasn’t lucky. I am clumsy with ball sports, but I love skiing, roller skating, and adventure water sports. I listen to all music styles. It just depends on how I feel. Guitar solos touch me to the chore and when I am in a rock concert, my eyes close out of joy. I recall several times the security guards of a techno club asking me to leave because they were closing and I was dancing alone with my eyes shut! Hahahaha”
“Now that I am part of Binibining Pilipinas, I still can’t believe I am in the most prestigious pageant of the country. I am honored and so happy. I have learned so much already. Before my training, my knowledge of make-up was none and they have taught me how to enhance myself and be more beautiful. These tips will always be useful.
I do believe in community work, cooperation, communication, respect and general understanding. I wanted to do something more in order to help, and being a Binibini is a great platform for women empowerment and for our advocacies.”
There is a special quality in Abby that you will only get to see face-to-face, and that is her catchy joy in life. She is such a enjoyable speaker because there is pride and happiness in everything she talks about.
Will your Binibini 34 become a certified Bb. Pilipinas soon? 😉