Ariella to celebrate birthday through charity work
MANILA – Miss Universe 2013 third runner-up Ariella Arida is not expecting to be welcomed with the traditional motorcade parade a day after returning to the country.
In an interview on “Mornings@ANC” on Wednesday, Arida said they have yet to discuss plans about her motorcade, stressing that their top priority is helping in relief efforts for victims of super typhoon “Yolanda.”
“Wala pa pong napag-usapan [tungkol sa motorcade] after all of this,” said Arida, who arrived in Manila on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Laguna-born beauty has dedicated her victory in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant to “Yolanda” victims in Visayas.
She said she feels happy to be home and that she can now focus on helping her fellow Filipinos.
“Sobra akong hindi makapaniwala na pwede siyang mangyari,” Arida said, referring to the onslaught of “Yolanda.”
“Parang ang helpless [ng pakiramdam ko] kasi nasa Moscow ako. Noong time na ‘yon, kami ni Janine (Tugonon, Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up) feel na feel namin ‘yun kasi pinag-uusapan namin kung ano pong nangyari,” she added. “Pero ngayon na andito ako, mas at ease ako na mas malapit ako sa mga kababayan natin na parang kaya kong tumulong.”
Arida is set to take part in the relief operations of ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya on Thursday.
The Miss Universe 2013 third runner-up is also planning to celebrate her 25th birthday on November 20 through charity work.
“Kung pwede lang na ako mismo ‘yung mag-distribute ng mga relief goods [sa Visayas]. Pero from what I’ve heard, it’s not yet advisable na pumunta doon,” she said.
“Basta ako on my birthday, my plan talaga is kahit papaano mag-share ng help sa mga kababayan natin.”
Arida hopes that through her small ways, she can bring more smiles to those who were affected by the typhoon.
“Sana talaga malampasan natin ‘yung nangyayari sa atin ngayon,” she said.