CHITCHAT OVER COFFEE: Beauty queen raises 12 million for underprivileged Filipinos  – Manila Bulletin


Zara Carbonell
You’ll discover most magnificence queens strutting on runways or posing for journal covers, however Zara Carbonell tells a distinct story. Instead, you’ll discover her on the soccer area scoring touchdowns for much less privileged Filipinos. Just final weekend, the inaugural Miss Tourism Worldwide 2018 title holder, collectively together with her co-founders Justine Cordero – Em, and Steve Near, raised P12 million in healthcare options for Filipinos within the far-flung areas of Visayas and Mindanao.

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Zara Carbonell has all the time been identified to work with organizations of affect from the training sector, to violence towards ladies, and now diving into healthtech. Last December 3, within the spirit of Christmas, Zara’s newly-launched firm – The Manila Flag Football League (MFL) mounted a full-day match in partnership with KonsultaMD – a pacesetter in healthtech underneath the Ayala-led Globe group, to lift funds for underprivileged and underrepresented Filipinos.
Throughout MFL’s Santa Bowl 2022 match, KonsultaMD vouched to donate P100,000 in healthcare options for each catch made in the long run zone to Zara’s beneficiary accomplice – FPUA, a non-profit group devoted to rebuilding communities affected by pure calamities. This drove extra athletes to maximise each minute on the sport clock to attain extra!
“It was heartwarming to see over 100 athletes working collectively for greater than only a win, however for the lives of our fellow Filipinos,” the sweetness queen expressed.
MFL’s Santa Bowl was supported by 10 of the highest flag soccer groups within the nation hailing from Olongapo, Cebu, and everywhere in the Metro. With about 600 onsite athletes and spectators coming collectively on a weekend to 1000’s of on-line viewers, the stated match is certainly turning heads within the sports activities scene. Who would’ve thought {that a} flag soccer match may have ever been a platform for one thing larger? 

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When requested in regards to the inspiration of her latest initiative, Zara shares: 
“The older I get, the extra I understand how essential the little issues we take for granted are. I’m fortunate to have the ability to name my physician after I’m not feeling effectively. I’m fortunate that I may be rushed to the hospital when an emergency strikes or that I can name somebody to assist me course of my feelings when issues begin feeling murky. But I’m realizing that this can be a privilege too many Filipinos don’t have, and if I’ve it in my energy to someway bridge that hole, I’m glad to take action. I’m simply grateful that KonsultaMD rallied behind this trigger and that I’ve companions who share the identical imaginative and prescient of making one thing greater than ourselves, and even greater than only a ‘sport.’”
Currently, Metro Manila has 1 physician out there for each 1,000 sufferers and in rural areas it’s 0.25 medical doctors (sure, not even one!) for each 1,000 sufferers. This is a quantity that ought to be daunting, however much more that some households are pressured to decide on between feeding their children or utilizing that cash to make a journey to the closest city with a residing physician simply to get checked. In truth, 6 out of 10 Filipinos die with out ever being seen by a health care provider, and numerous first-time mothers die all through their being pregnant as a result of they aren’t ever capable of seek the advice of with a health care provider.
“When we constructed MFL, our aim was easy – to create a extremely aggressive match for flag soccer athletes. We wished to develop the game and groom extra Filipino athletes, as a result of we’ve seen so many which might be past succesful to compete at a better stage. And now, with the Santa Bowl, my companions and I hope to create greater ripples of change by means of our tournaments. Sana this 2023, we’ll be capable of take greater strides and assist extra individuals. So thanks, to all our companions for supporting this imaginative and prescient.”
The magnificence queen additionally expressed an elaborate letter of gratitude to the entire group, its supporters, companions, and even its critics on her social media web page the place she stated: “Thank you to everybody who shared their sentiments in non-public so we are able to repair them & bec they perceive that criticism is just constructive when it’s delivered with empathy and despatched with factors for development.”

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The Manila Flag Football League is only one amongst Zara’s a number of successes. Before her taking house the Miss Tourism Worldwide crown, you’ll keep in mind her at Miss World Philippines 2017’s 2nd princess alongside Laura Lehmann, Winwyn Marquez, Thia (*12*) Sophia Senoron, and Glyssa Perez, respectively. Since then she’s additionally based The Social Startup, a digital advertising agency and has authored Lost You, Found Me, a self-help x memoir about life in your 20s. 
We requested her if she thought her pageant expertise performed a job in her success right now and he or she transparently stated that whereas her pageant journey “wasn’t all stunning” she did study lots from it. She discovered find out how to take defeat gracefully, that typically issues don’t go as deliberate – “Same as with sports activities, you do your greatest however typically it’s simply not but your time. You gained’t all the time get calls that favor you, you gained’t all the time have the proper terrain or climate, nevertheless it’s the way you maintain your self accountable for issues inside your management,” she provides.
She additionally expressed gratitude to her pageantry profession for displaying her what she wished to spend her time doing. And the way it taught her that affect can by no means be performed single-handedly, one of the best issues are all the time performed by means of collective efforts.
She credit the success of her newest endeavor to manufacturers who perceive the worth of community-building. Besides KonsultaMD, MFL has additionally partnered with Anessa Philippines and Alveo Land Corp. 

“I believe it pays to accomplice with manufacturers who’re simply as targeted on affect as our group is as a result of at MFL we do extra than simply play flag soccer, we’re right here to make a distinction. We actually work collectively to do extra for the game but in addition for Filipinos who want the assistance. And to make that occur, it actually takes all stakeholders – our group, our model companions, the athletes, even the MFL spectators. I’m proud to say that everybody is concerned on this. 
Take Anessa for instance, they’ve taken it upon themselves to construct a homegrown MFL group from scratch as a result of there are numerous potential athletes who simply should be supported. We hope to see extra homegrown groups within the coming years.” 

Zara shares that this coming 2023, MFL is taking flag soccer to a grander enviornment by means of flag soccer’s first-ever worldwide championships,  they’re additionally brewing a ‘Flip the Script’ flag soccer match in partnership with Women’s Fitness Philippines the place MFL’s coed 6s can be taking a flip into flipping the unique guidelines. As for her, she’s additionally taking a plunge as she prepares for her wedding ceremony with MFL co-founder {and professional} athlete, Steve Near.
From being a broadcast writer, to launching a number of companies, to being a ‘Pinaypreneur’ to be careful for, who is aware of what 2023 has lined up for Zara Carbonell? One factor is for sure, Zara resides proof that Filipinas show to be gamechangers in no matter they pursue. Not solely are Filipinas stunning, however they’re good, strong-willed, and might most positively obtain no matter they set their eyes on.


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