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Beauty queen who wants to be an OB gyne

June 17, 2024 Leah C. Salterio 167 views
Nineteen-year-old Gabrielle Lantzer who represents Manila, wants to be an OB Gynecologist after her pageant experience

BEYOND her dreams of joining a nationwide pageant, 19-year-old Gabrielle Lantzer found it really fitting to participate in Miss World Philippines, especially with the advocacy part that she has been promoting.

“As a young person myself, I am still exploring myself and exploring my passions, as well,” said Gabrielle, who is a bio-chemistry freshman at De La Salle University (DLSU). “It is my pre-medicine course and I’m hoping to pursue my academic dream of becoming an OB-Gynecologist.”

Ever since she was in sixth grade, Gabrielle really wanted to work on women’s health.

“I believe Miss World will provide me a platform to explore my advocacy primarily because it’s something that I’m quite passionate about,” Gabrielle said. “It is also going to be my academic pursuit.”

Gabrielle believes it is still quite early for her to disclose about her ambition. “People are not really sure what they really want to be,” she said. “I’m quite set on being an OB-Gyne. I’m quite set on it.”

Gabrielle lamented there have been important women in her life who struggled with fertility through the years.

“It’s not really a topic that a lot of people seriously talked about,” she said. “But for me, I feel that an untouched topic is the infertility of women who want to become a mother and start a family, but biologically, they couldn’t.

“They have to suffer with the pain of it. It is very sad. In the Philippine industry and the medical industry in general, there is not enough OB-Gynes to take care of regular women, pregnant women and even transgender women need an OB-Gynes. I would like to become a resource person for these women to go to.”

Gabrielle looks up to her dad’s sister, as well as her mother, whom she idolizes. “My aunt was the first person who I ever heard of, she struggled with her infertility,” she said. “She really wanted to start a family, so she tried to conceive children.

She was told that she could get pregnant. But almost always, she would lose the child. She will always miscarry the baby.

“The first time I heard a person can struggle with infertility and to hear that story at such a young age, I would ask, why is my cousin African-American? That is the reason I have four, lovely adopted cousins.

“They did not sugar-coat it. They told me the actual stories, her struggles with infertility. They had to adopt in order for them to start a family. Infertility is such an untouched topic in our family, in general.”

Gabrielle is an only child. Her mom also previously struggled with infertility. “That was the reason I became an only child,” she disclosed. “I had to be induced at birth. Because if my mom was to give birth at me in full term, that would be very difficult situation for my mother. I had to come out a month and a half earlier. That was the reason I am an only child.”

Whether in pageantry or academics, Gabrielle is someone who really goes head-on into things.

“It’s a pretty hard course,” she said. “I’m pretty challenged in everything that I do.”

Gabrielle joins 34 other candidates in this year’s Miss World Philippines pageant that will take place July 19 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The 2024 Miss World Philippines will proclaim three winners. Aside from the main crown, also to be proclaimed are Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas and the Miss Philippines Tourism titles.

In 2011, Miss World Philippines was formally launched by Cory Quirino, who resigned in 2016 due to personal and business reasons.

Talent manager and concert and film producer Arnold L Vegafria took over also in 2016 and holds the franchise up to this day.

Miss World Philippines will be crowned on July 19, as well as her four other queens.