Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar talks about 'incredible' Manila visit
MANILA, Philippines – Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar was in the country for the formal announcement of the Mr World competition in Manila. Although she just stayed for a few days, she said she had an "incredible" visit to the country.
During the press conference on Tuesday, May 2, Manushi shared how she was able to do some sightseeing during her free day.
San Agustin Church was part of her itinerary, and Manushi could not help but gush about the church, one of Intramuros' most popular landmarks.
"I wanna get married over there. It's beautiful," she said.
In an interview after the press conference, Manushi gave more details about the visit to San Agustin. She said that she loved the church because of its rich history.
Although she's not Catholic, Manushi said she can't help but "want to get married in that church because it's beautiful."
"I think it's like a dream place to be in," she added.
Manushi said she managed to experience a lot of things while in Manila and she tried Filipino food as well, though limited to vegetarian choices.
"Unfortunately, I'm vegetarian so the only Pinoy dish I tried was the noodles,"she said, referring to Philippine noodles or pancit.
Beauty with a Purpose project
Prior to winning Miss World, Manushi was a medical student in India. Her Beauty with a Purpose project focuses on menstrual hygiene, which she started back in high school. Manushi and the Miss World continental queens have traveled to India and other countries to promote the importance of menstrual hygiene.
.@MissWorldLtd @ManushiChhillar at HICC Convention Centre Hall to spread awareness about Women's menstruation and also talk about her Beauty with a purpose project. #MissWorldBWAPTour #BreakingTheBloodyTaboo #femininehygieneawareness pic.twitter.com/3BcaZdnU8P— Miss India (@feminamissindia) February 1, 2018
At the press conference, she said that she's grateful for the support for her advocacy.
"I think today, my project with the menstruation [hygiene] in India was able to do [well] because of the support of the Miss World organization. So [a] big, big thanks to all of them," she said.
Manushi recalled that when she thought about her advocacy back in high school, the only people who supported her were her parents.
"As I grew to learn more about it, it has changed me as a person. I became more compassionate to these people. I became more understanding towards people's circumstances," she said.
She got even more support for her project after she won Miss World India. "At that point in time, I got more support. And after Miss World, the project has grown beyond my imagination. I never thought in such a short period I'll be able to do so much," she said.
Manushi also said that when she arrived in the Philippines, she was excited to see Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann, who she mentioned shared the same passion for health, and whose project on milk bank for babies was also chosen as a beneficiary of the Miss World organization.
"When you see such great done work of girls like you, the same age, you realized that you're one global village. And this year, I think it's an honor that I have been chosen as a representative to be able to carry out all these projects." – Rappler.com