If there is a beauty queen I have known personally and have grown up together in many of our vacation trips to our home island, Siquijor, its Gladys Duenas. Gladys really has embodied the journey one lady who has all in the world; beauty, brains, fame and great friends, has to undertake and collect fond memories and leave indelible marks for other young women to follow. She has journeyed well already as she is married to a handsome husband and mother to a lovely daughter, so for that, she has a LIFE others can also be inspired of.
Recently in 2010, I met Gladys and her daughter, as well as her nieces and sister in the residence of Congressman Antonio Cerilles and Governor Aurora Enerio-Cerilles, on one occasion where they paid a courtesy and thank you visit. She still remained the humble and down-to-earth Gladys I came to know back when we were still kids. She exudes the gracefulness and kindness of someone of her stature visiting her home city and reconnect with old friends and families.