HA: So like I mentioned, I did grow up in Australia, so I was very privileged to have amazing access to education, and I kind of took it for granted. My mom would always tell me the stories of her schooling when she was growing up in Masbate, her and her siblings, they really struggled with the distance they had to travel, the access to school supplies, and every year when I would visit Masbate and my relatives, I would also see those struggles were still there.
Even after so many years, they still didn’t have the best access. My parents, my siblings and I, we really started donating school supplies and things like that from a young age, from when I was younger.
And of course when it comes to pageantry, with that platform, it’s such a bigger platform that you can really create your advocacy in a bigger way. So I created a page called Books of Tomorrow, because the saying that I have is, “With a book, a child can learn to read today, and with a pencil, they’ll write their own future tomorrow.”
So I’m so grateful that people are really listening and following and wanting to donate school books, writing equipment, libraries, and I’m so excited for more communities that we’re going to reach.
KM: Okay, so that’s the Facebook page, right? Books of Tomorrow?
HA: Yes, yes.
KM: For all our viewers who are tuning in, please like and follow Hannah’s advocacy. The Facebook page is Books of Tomorrow.
So Hannah, of course we look at you and we wonder, “How do I become as gorgeous as Hannnah?” So let’s talk about the different aspects that you’ve been working on maybe in your daily life, even before you joined the pageant, and then maybe after you joined the pageant.
Let’s talk about fitness first. What is your exercise or workout routine? And what do you do when you don’t feel like exercising?
HA: So honestly, during 2020 when the pandemic and lockdown started, I honestly was quite lazy, and I really let myself go with the diet and exercise. I didn’t find the motivation anymore. I would save the YouTube videos, I would save the Instagram videos where people were working out, and I’d tell myself, “I’ll do that later.”
But honestly, I wouldn’t move that much.
And then when I realized how much it was affecting my mood, and how I wasn’t really accomplishing my goals that I needed to complete in the day, I would just start off small. So a simple task such as jump rope, skipping rope, or even if you don’t have a skip rope, you can just pretend and jump in the spot, I would do that to start the day. Just for a few minutes in the morning.
And then a few sit-ups at night, that’s how I would begin. And then I enrolled in some core classes, because thanks to online, Zoom and everything, we can still work out and connect to many people. So that’s what I was doing in preparation for the pageant.
And now, I have become a little bit more busy, so I am just trying to at least move my body for about 30 minutes, whether it’s just walking up and down the stairs, or again, just pretending to do the jump rope. It really helps.
KM: Okay, so jump rope, and then sit-ups at night, right? Okay, got it.
Okay, so how about your diet? Because they say that’s the bigger part of what keeps a person fit. Not the exercise; it’s what you eat. So tell us about your way of eating, Hannah. What do you do to stay in shape?
HA: So for breakfast, I really do like to have something light. A porridge, some oats, or a cereal, that’s how I like to start the day. But if also there’s some pineapple juice, orange juice, something quite refreshing like that. And then I do make sure that I have my vitamins, so I have multivitamins, or I take a Vitamin C, how you put it in the water, and then it helps you feel a bit more energized for the day.
And then for lunch and dinner, honestly, I will eat anything that my tita will cook. So traditional Filipino dishes, lots of rice, lots of gulay, whatever ulam, I will eat it. I honestly wasn’t really depriving myself of anything during the pageant, even now.
Actually just before [this], I had unli Korean barbecue, so I’m really eating anything and everything, just as long as I’m remembering to move my body for a little bit everyday.
KM: Right, so it’s really balance, not deprivation. What is your guilty pleasure, Hannah? In terms of food?
HA: Of course now that traffic is picking up again, and most of my commitments are quite far away from my house, I will usually ask the driver if we can go through some of the fast food drive-thrus, and I’ll always get chicken nuggets and fries. I think I need to limit myself a bit more, be a bit more disciplined.
KM: Well that sounds like the BTS Meal. Are you a fan?
HA: Yes, yes, that’s the one. I hope it will stay for a lot longer.
KM: Yeah me too, I love the sauces, they’re really good.
HA: Yeah, they’re so good.
KM: Alright, how about hair and skin care, Hannah? How do you take care of your skin? I’m sure people look at you and they say, “Ah, she has naturally good skin.” But I think — I’ve met a lot of beauty queens, the 2013 batch for example, when I was very active.