Miss World Megan Young bring her big heart to the Big Apple

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 25, 2013

NEW YORK – Megan Young, the first Filipina to ever win the Miss World Crown is on a U.S. media tour. Her first stop was New York City – visiting iconic landmarks and enjoying a bite of the Big Apple.

“I’m really happy to be back in the States. It’s been a while since I’ve been back. The last time I was here was in 2009,” she shared.

During her coronation at the Miss World Pageant in Bali, Indonesia last September, Young promised to spread kindness and be the best Miss World ever.

“I would like to share what I know and educate people on what they could do also to help. That’s what I’m going to do,” she said.

Young met with Ambassador Mario de Leon of the Philippine Consulate General Wednesday to find out how they can work together to help kababayans in need back home, especially the children.

She said Miss World is supporting two foundations in the Philippines. One of them is the Philippine General Hospital foundation where Miss World is providing educational support to long-term children patients, as well as ventilators for those who can’t afford. The other beneficiary of Miss World is Tuloy Foundation that provides housing, education and food for hundreds of orphaned and poor kids in Alabang.

But Megan said, what is more important for her is to give these children back their dignity and appreciation of themselves.

“You know you can give these children clothes. You can give them education. You can give them material things. But at the end of the day, these kids on the streets — they can just get that anywhere,” Young said, “ But the number one thing that you can give to them is your time, and they learn to cherish that,” she expressed.

While nothing is set in stone yet, Miss World organizers are also in discussion with the Philippine Consulate on how they can work together with the Filipino community to help the victims of disasters and calamities in the Philippines.

“The legacy that I really want to leave is to make a mark with the Filipino community and unite them for common goals,” she said.

Young is visiting 40 other countries beginning in Haiti at the end of the month — to spread kindness and generosity as she fulfills her duty as the reigning Miss World 2013.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • JD
    29 October 2013 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Nice to hear you say, that you want to make a mark with the filipino community and unite them for common goals ! It’s going to take long time before they understand what your trying to do?