Wednesday, July 18, 2012

PANAMA | 2012 Meet the Misses e.40 - Miss Panamá Mundo 2012

Panama is the bridge of the Americas. It is situated on the isthmus that connects North and South America. It is bordered by Colombia, Costa Rica, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Panama became a republic in 1903 with the help of the United States allowing the Panama Canal to be built. Revenues from the Panama Canal represent a significant portion of the country's gross domestic product. Panama has the largest rainforest in the Western Hemisphere outside the Amazon Basin which is home to an abundance of tropical plants, animals and birds. Some of them to be found nowhere else in the world. The dominant feature of the country's landforms is the central spine of mountains and hills that forms the continental divide. The divide does not form part of the great mountain chains of North America, and only near the Colombian border are there highlands related to the Andean system of South America. A nearly impenetrable jungle forms the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia. This and forest protection movements create a break in the Pan-American Highway, which otherwise forms a complete road from Alaska to Patagonia. Panama have a population of over 3.4 million with more than half the population living in the Panama City–Colón metropolitan corridor. Panama debuted in Miss World 1967 and finished in sixth place twice in 1983 and 2009. This year, Miss Panamá Mundo 2012, Maricely del Carmen González Pomares, will represent her country in Miss World 2012.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Maricely del Carmen González Pomares, Miss Panamá Mundo 2012, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself, your country and your hometown.
I am a happy person and I enjoy the simple things of life. I was born in Panama City, and when I was 5 years old I moved with my parents to Barcelona, Spain. I came back to my country at age 8 and when I turned 17 I went to Florida, USA where I lived for 4 years. Panama is a melting pot full of wonderful people and different tourist attractions.

2. What are your plans for the future?
In the professional area, I would love to have my own spa, with a different concept. A concept not limited to offer aesthetic treatments and relaxing but also having discussions of self-esteem and spiritual development. On the other hand, one of my most cherished dreams is to have a family. (Including 2 cats and 2 dogs) I'm an animal lover! :)

3. What are you most proud of?
I am proud of many things, mainly the family God gave me. It is a loving family that has managed to teach me the true value of things and to always fight for my dreams.

4. Which activities make you lose track of time?
A LOT! When you do something you love, usually time flies! When I read an interesting article, when I talk on the phone with a friend whom I haven’t seen for a long time or even when I take a nice relaxing bath I lose track of time. (Of course, only if I have no commitment, but I always put my alarm on.)

5. If somebody was describing your personality what would they say?
This depends on who describes it. haha. They would say that I am a happy person, always positive and very active.

6. What is something you know you do differently than the most other people?
Well, sometimes I eat dessert before dinner, but do not think I'm the only one doing this.

7. Have you done anything memorable lately?
I met a family with many needs which I help through a show in my country called Singing for a Dream. Seeing the state in which they live, I realized that sometimes we complain about small things. We have the capacity to help those genuinely in need.

8. Which is worse, failing or never trying? Why?
Without a doubt, never try. For me nothing is impossible, we put barriers ourselves. I believe that failure is part of our lessons in life, to stand up and make things better. The most important decisions in our lives are often taken when we get a hit, which is why I firmly believe that we must always try to fulfill our goals.

9. If you could teach anyone anything, what would that be?
It is very difficult because we must learn many lessons. However, I would choose patience. Most of the time we are too desperate to do things, we don’t listen, take hasty decisions and make mistakes that can be avoided.

10. How do you define beauty? How will you prepare for Miss World to achieve your vision of beauty?
I define Beauty as self-acceptance. I define beauty this way because you cannot please everyone. There are certain attitudes, skills, physical features, well, a set of things that society accepts as beauty. My concept of beauty is achieved when we are happy with ourselves, when we have confidence and when we are at peace, as this is reflected in our eyes, smile and our actions.
For the Miss World I prepared a lot, I received physical entailment, reading lessons, grooming, catwalk classes, etiquette, among other things.

11. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Thank you very much for the support. A great big kiss from Panama where they were waiting with open arms for you to meet this beautiful country that is small in population but big in heart!

and finally...
Personal Motto: Everything is in the attitude!
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Song: I will always love you (Whitney Houston), My heart will go on (Celine Dion) many more.
Favorite Movie: Titanic, My Sister's Keeper and The Notebook
Favorite Book: Listen to your heart (Andrew Matthews)
Favorite Singer/Band: Whitney Houston, Shakira etc.. / The Phantom of the Opera
Favorite Actor/Actress: Al Pacino / Meryl Streep

Marisela Moreno, National Director of Miss World in Panama
Lenin Belloso, Organización Miss Panamá Assistant
Maricely del Carmen González Pomares, Miss Panamá Mundo 2012

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