Former Miss Universe Philippines candidate Alaiza Malinao has announced she is pregnant by showing off her baby bump in a stunning maternity shoot.
The beauty queen from Davao donned a Jo Rubio white terno gown while cradling her baby bump for the pictorial, as seen on her Instagram page yesterday, Aug. 28. Her portraits were taken by photographer Jerick Sanchez.
“Hindi kayo namamalikmata. Malinaw na malinaw na [I] am going to be a mama!” she said. (Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. It’s really clear that I am going to be a mama.)
Malinao also looked back at the past year, where she felt the “surprising” love and support of her fans. She was one of the top 16 finalists in the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant.
“Gusto ko lang naman patunayan na kaya ng isang Inday ipakita kung sino siya bilang isang Pilipina. Pero kahit hindi pabor ang universe sa plano ko, pinakita nya sa akin ang kahalagahan ko,” she added.
(I just wanted to prove that an Inday can show what she is as a Filipina. While the universe was not in favor of my plans, it showed me my worth.)
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Malinao noted that her life did indeed change with Miss Universe Philippines 2020, even when her dream “died” on the pageant’s coronation night.
“Sa gabing yun, namatayan ako ng pangarap pero totoo din yung kasabihan na ‘We have to [lose] something precious in order to gain something priceless,’” she said.
(On that night, my dream may have died but the saying “We have to lose something precious in order to gain something priceless” is true.)
Malinao received greetings from fellow beauty queens, including Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Miss Universe Philippine 2020 Rabiya Mateo.
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