Daiana Menezes is new face of 'Choose Philippines'

By Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 25 2013 06:14 PM | Updated as of Jan 26 2013 11:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Brazilian actress-model Daiana Menezes has been chosen as the new face and endorser of ABS-CBN's international tourism campaign, "Choose Philippines".

Daiana Menezes. File photo

At the sidelines of a press conference for her underwear endorsement on Friday, Menezes said she is probably the most credible endorser of the Philippines since she has been a long-time resident of the country.

"I really love the Philippines and I really feel like a Filipina at heart," she said. "I also pay my taxes, perhaps more correctly than other Pinoys!"

Menezes will host a yet untitled "Choose Philippines" show featuring local tourist spots to be aired on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) and The Filipino Channel (TFC) this summer.

The star said she is also honored to be chosen as the spokesperson of the 55-year-old Filipino-owned lingerie firm Lady Grace.

"They could have chosen a Filipina, but they chose me because I am also like a Filipina," she said, laughing.

With new TV shows, endorsements and a Fil-Am Hollywood movie coming up, Menezes is expected to stay longer in the country.

But more than work, the most important reason is her engagement to Cagayan de Oro Congressman Benjo Benaldo. The wedding is set in the summer.