You could say that the 18th pair of Official Candidates for Mr & Miss Hannah’s World Tourism Philippines 2018 is a unique duo. True, they’re both fashion models. But the similarity stops there. He is a hardened survivor of Typhoon Yolanda who found the meaning of life in Cebu City. And she is the youngest entry in this batch – a sixteen year-old Fil-Brit who thinks and speaks beyond her actual age.
Meet Giovanni Ramos Viter #IndependentMan and Elisa Taylor #MoreThanSweet16.
Call him Vann for short.
Gone were the days when he went to hell and back during the destruction of Tacloban City by Typhoon Yolanda back in November, 2013. He has survived that devastating part of his young life. And now that he is a self-supporting resident of Cebu City, he continues to live by this mantra – the only person you can depend on is yourself.
“After the typhoon, the family decided to move to Bacolod City since my mom is an Ilongga. At age 18, I decided to live on my own and migrated to Cebu City where I do regular modeling jobs to support my family, to earn and continue my studies and to pursue my dreams. With the hashtag #IndependentMan, I learned to be strong because it toughened me up and made see things more realistically. I strongly believe that life is not for us to find, but life is for us to define.”
While standing on his own has helped Vann become a more mature individual, he has not forgotten the simple pleasures in living like having a loving relationship with his girlfriend. The bad boy image he initially projects on the outside is just a first layer reserved for those who still haven’t earned his trust. Getting through to his innermost feelings could be hard, but there is nothing impossible with the kind of personality he possesses. The heart of gold will show – in bits and pieces at first. And in small chunks later.
Most would be surprised upon learning that Elisa is the youngest candidate of Mr & Miss Hannah’s World Tourism Philippines 2018. But at the age of 16, she is already a Professional Model who can rule the catwalk in all her fashion show engagements. And you can never discount her ability to speak and communicate her feelings. She has a tender way with words, this Fil-Brit of a stunner.
“As a individual, I could say that I’m quite unique in way. How so? Well as many people know I’m still quite young, 16 to be precise. And with that, many people doubt my deeper sensibilities. They think I’m too young to do anything. I was told do just study and be a good girl but that’s not how I work. That’s just not me. I’m a person who will do anything to get what she wants, and I believe no matter what age or size you are, you can do it. Since the challenges are made by God, He knows where our limits are. But if we truly want it, then we will achieve it. And with Hannah’s, what I want is to win not for me but for my supporters, my advocacy, and for the Philippines. Like I said before, the reason I joined is to encourage the people of my generation to do what’s right and to be there and to preserve our natural beauty not only as a country but to the people as well. This is my dream to be a voice and to help others to find they’re voice in this world fueled by judgement and hatred.”
Strong words from a young lady who still has more than a year to count before being called a debutante. But there’s no stopping Elisa. Not now when she has vast opportunities knocking on her door.