Monday, October 10, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.39 - Señorita Honduras 2011

In pre-Columbian times, modern Honduras was part of the Mesoamerican cultural area. In the west, the Maya civilization flourished for hundreds of years. The dominant state within Honduras's borders was that based in Copán. The Mayas of this civilization survive in western Honduras as the Ch'orti' tribe. Remains of other Pre-Columbian cultures are found throughout the country. Much of the country was conquered by Spain who introduced its predominant language and many of its customs in the sixteenth century. It became independent in 1821 and has been a republic since the end of Spanish rule. Honduras borders the Caribbean Sea on the north coast and the Pacific Ocean on the south through the Gulf of Fonseca. The climate varies from tropical in the lowlands to temperate in the mountains. The central and southern regions are relatively hotter and less humid than the northern coast. The Honduran territory consists mainly of mountains, but there are narrow plains along the coasts, a large undeveloped lowland jungle La Mosquitia region in the northeast, and the heavily populated lowland Sula valley in the northwest. In La Mosquitia, lies the UNESCO world-heritage site Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, with the Coco River which divides the country from Nicaragua. The Islas de la Bahía and the Swan Islands in the Caribbean Sea are part of Honduras. The region is considered a biodiversity hotspot because of the numerous plant and animal species that can be found there. Like other countries in the region, Honduras contains vast biological resources including rain forests, cloud forests, mangroves, savannas and mountain ranges with pine and oak trees, and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. In the Bay Islands there are bottlenose dolphins, stingrays, parrot fish, schools of blue tang and whale shark. Hondurans are often referred to as Catracho or Catracha  in Spanish. Tegucigalpa is the capital of Honduras and seat of government of the Republic, along with its twin sister Comayagüela.  The city is located in the southern-central highland region of Honduras in the department of Francisco Morazán . It is situated in a valley, surrounded by mountains and both Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela, being sister cities, are physically separated by the Choluteca River. Tegucigalpa is Honduras' largest and most populous city as well as the nation's political and administrative center. Honduras debuted in Miss World 1955 but no representative have placed in the semifinals. This year, Bessy Beatriz Ochoa López, Señorita Honduras 2011, will try to break the drought and become Honduras' first placement in Miss World 2011.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Bessy Beatriz Ochoa López, Señorita Honduras 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
I have 17 years of age. I speak English and Spanish. I live in the municipality of Choloma, in the Cortés Department. I am in my senior year with a grade of 99% and when finish my studies and commitments as Señorita Honduras 2011, I'll start my career in international relations in London, England. My family is made up by my parents, an older sister, a younger brother and I.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
My country is full of culture and natural wealth. It is divided into 18 departments and four regions. We are proud to have the second largest coral reef in the world and three lovely islands: Utila, Roatan and Guanaja. It is a country that is identified by its Spanish, Garifuna, Maya, Lenca, Miskito and Chortis cultures. We also have several nature reserves declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
• The Rio Platano Biosphere
• The lush mangrove Cuero y Salado
• The imposing and majestic Copan Ruins, cradle of our ancestors the Mayas. They are enigmatic and mysterious and are studied by scientists worldwide trying to decipher their hieroglyphics and because of its astral location.
My city is called Choloma and is 15 minutes away by land from San Pedro Sula. It is held financially by the national and international industry complex that is strategically located. That is why it is called the industrial city of Honduras.
I was born in San Pedro Sula and raised in Choloma, Cortes Department.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
Besides being a personal challenge, it is a commitment to my people, the government and the organization that I proudly represent. It's the opportunity that life gives me to convey to the world that Honduras is a country of peace and that we fight to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, and crime. A situation faced by all developing countries and we are struggling to cope: people, government and government agencies.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
I would choose the song Filing because I am a sensitive and humane person always given to good causes and firm on my beliefs and decisions.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
Some days ago it was routine, but today with my commitments my daily routine begins with a morning of study, and a whole afternoon and evening dedicated to the gym, makeup classes, public speaking, knowledge and international dance, catwalk and visits to burned children institutions, nursing homes and families living in the open along the edges of rivers and streams.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
It is difficult to predict the future, but I see myself as a diplomat representing my country and possibly making my home as a loving wife.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
My director Eduardo Zablah is a person who has demonstrated during his years as director his strength, determination, dedication and love for his country. He prepares us to make us strong and encourage us to fight for our principles and ideals, making us aware of the meaning of being Honduran

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I am proud of being born in Honduras and if I had to choose another country it would only be for my studies and to achieve perfection in my career. I would not choose any other country because I'm proud to be Honduran.

9. After the Sendai Earthquake, nuclear energy has become a focus of attention. Are you in favor or against the use of this kind of energy as a way to reduce the dependence on oil?
I am in favor, because I believe that it should be mandatory to evaluate all possible means and mechanisms to provide energy and not rely specifically on oil.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
I think any type of injustice and prejudice goes together no matter the type because all of them lack respect to human values and principles.

11. What are your duties as Señorita Honduras?
Covering social events, but mostly involved with charities and community service, but more fundamental is the duty of representing the Honduran woman anywhere in Honduras and especially abroad with intellect, humility, ability and attitude.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
Social media has become necessary and direct, since the world uses it to be informed of what's happening in the world and serves to develop and strengthen knowledge.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
It is the God-given right to man to be different from other species around you and the God-given capacity of leading the world with principles and values.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
My purpose is to serve those in need, serve the country where I was born, achieve my goals and leave a mark along the way.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Let humility surpass all human barriers with intelligence you can reach positive goals.

and finally…
Personal Motto: Es tonto el que quiere ser tonto o vivo el que quiere ser vivo (this motto can be interpreted and adopted to every human being)
Personal Goal: Succeeding in all the goals I set.
Personal Dream Destination: London, England
Favorite Food: All Asian food
Favorite Color: White because it is full of light
Favorite Song: Filing
Favorite Movie: Romeo and Juliet
Favorite Book: Green Prison
Favorite Singer/Band: Beyonce
Favorite Actor/Actress: Antonio Banderas
Favorite Hobby: Browsing the Internet
Favorite Sport: Dancing

Eduardo Zablah, National Director of Miss World in Honduras
Bessy Beatriz Ochoa López
, Señorita Honduras 2011

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