She’s all set to study two languages: French because of her interest in culture and history, and Filipino because, well, she’s one. Filipina-Australian Stephanie Rose is a stunning beauty who made heads turn at the last Miss Philippines-Australia beauty pageant.

The verdict: she walked away as the community’s new 2011 Queen (apart from being named Miss Friendship and Best in Swimsuit).

Soon she may even land a slot in the prestigious Binibining Pilipinas pageant where her entry is being endorsed by the Philippine Australian Sports and Culture. That may not be a far-fetched idea. She has the looks. And the 5’6” beauty who is inclined to deeper intellectual pursuits is interested in doing charity. Just the right ingredients for a beauty titlist.

Her preferred charity work will focus on children. “I hope to collaborate with charity organisation ‘Ang Bata at Kalinga’ which looks after poor children in the Philippines. I would like to see myself as an ambassador for a charity organisation such as UNICEF. I am very passionate about helping the less fortunate in the Philippines. Especially children.”

Currently residing in Rouse Hill, Stephanie’s Filipina-Australian lineage is traced to her mother being from her Australian father and her mother who hails from Alabang in the outskirts of Metro Manila. She’s the eldest in the siblings that include Liam (8) and Lachlan (13).

She’s a habitual visitor to the Philippines and had fell in love with the country – including its food. “We frequent the Philippines as my mum has a residence there. I always stay in Alabang, if we are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Manila we stay in Calatagan, Batangas. I have experienced the beautiful island of Puerto Galera but am yet to visit Boracay.”

She recently just completed her HSC. “I now plan to study French language and culture at the University of New South Wales.”

She’s probably not the typical 18-year old who loves to dig into the realm of classy thinkers counting George Orwells “1984” as one of her favourite books. The other is Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

Films? She loves them but would go for movies like “The Shawshank Redemption” or “Apocalypse Now” or “any other Martin Scorsese film.”

“I confess to be a bookworm. My favourite subjects in school was English and History.”

Indeed, there’s something about Stephanie that makes her an exceptional beauty queen. Very different. In fact her favourite actress is Audrey Hepburn and a music band for her means The Beatles.

But what could be Stephanie’s most important pursuit now has something to do about her being Pinay. She vowed to master the Filipino language very soon. She speaks it but “Konti lang,” she laughs. “My mum tells me I used to speak it quite a bit when I was much younger, I seem to have forgotten a lot of the language. I plan to take lessons in Tagalog and one day become fluent.”

Issue: magPinoy December 2011

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