UB Tourism stude is world heritage ambassador

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BAGUIO CITY (PIA) – – A third year Tourism student of the University of Baguio bested  representatives from 31  countries and crowned as Miss Heritage 2014 in a pageant held at Johannesburg, South Africa  last December .

Odessa Mae Tadaya, 19, and native of Guimba, Nueva Ecija,  earned the right to represent the country in the prestigious event after winning the Miss Filipinas Heritage last March 2014.

Winning with Tadaya  were representatives from St. Vincent Granadis and Botswana, 1st and second runner-up, respectively.

Tadaya, in an interview, disclosed  that Miss Heritage is a new breed pageant that is only in its second year and aims to promote the conservation and preservation of world heritage. First winner of the crown was Shequera Grace King of the Bahamas.

“The pageant itself  is unique as it does not involve a swimsuit competition but more on debate and presentation of every participant’s culture such as (indigenous) cooking, traditional games, national anthem and national flags”, she  shared.

Tadaya  said  that  aside from the fame,  she is more eager about the responsibility that comes with the crown, which is to be an ambassador of heritage.

“It is a very important responsibility  to promote heritage sites and advocate the restoration, conservation and preservation of heritages  which we have inherited. It shows our culture and history”, she said.

As reigning Miss Heritage, Tadaya is on call for world heritage events and advocacies, though for now she is  concentrating on her studies and doing her best to balance her time in school and being a heritage ambassador.

Tadaya also discloses that before the actual pageant, she travelled in different heritage sites to learn about their history and significance.

Heritage sites  in the Philippines like that of Vigan City and Iloilo are comparable to that of the other countries, in terms of grandeur and  significance in showcasing one country’s history, she bared. (JDP/CCD – PIA CAR)

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