Woman of the globe

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Sunday, June 1, 2014


WIFE, mother, pediatrician and model Stephanie Tiro-Sitoy has added another role to her already full and busy life. She earned the title of Mrs. Philippines Globe at the pageant’s recent coronation night in SM Aura’s Convention Center.

Not to be mistaken as a pageant by the telecommunications company, Mrs. Globe is a pageant founded by Dr. Tracy Kemble in the United States. Candidates from the Philippines have been sent to compete in the pageant since 2010. Since 2012, Mrs. Globe has held pageants in the Philippines to select representatives through national director and licensed producer Carla Cabrera Quimpo.

What makes this pageant different is that it is open to married and single mothers from 26 to 45 years old, and it isn’t just about beauty. Mrs. Globe is a fund-raiser for the charity organization Women in Need (WIN), which supports women and children who are victims of abuse.

Stephanie was especially drawn to join because of the charity. As a pediatrician, she has first-hand experience dealing with children and families on an everyday basis. “Being able to help families and see them happy is so rewarding for me,” the doctor shares.

Being chosen to be a finalist for the pageant was a surprise and a challenge for her.

She felt a little hesitant hearing that she would be competing against seasoned title-holders. The last time she had joined a pageant was in 1994 as Miss Cebu Tourism, and she had never competed in a national pageant before. But with her genuine nature, Stephanie won over the crowd, the judges and the crown for her first national beauty pageant. She’ll be representing the country in the international Mrs. Globe pageant in China this November.

Looking at Stephanie’s fit physique, one wouldn’t guess that she is 43. With her busy lifestyle, she says she’s not into makeup unless she has special events, and does not have time to pay many visits to the dermatologists or salon. She didn’t even start her cleanse-tone-moisturize routine until she was in her mid-30s, and has not had any cosmetic surgery or procedures. As she said to a pageant panelist, “I have embraced my imperfections perfectly.”

Is the secret in her diet? Nope: “I eat everything, and I love sweets,” she confesses candidly. But she maintains an active lifestyle and goes to the gym, or does Zumba, boxing, or Muay Thai. She took after her athletic parents, and played different sports in high school aside from being involved in extracurricular clubs. She was on the dean’s list during college; prioritizing her studies was another reason she didn’t join many pageants before.

When asked how she manages to have time for both her patients and her family, Stephanie says it’s all about time management and not wanting to be bored. Now that her children Enzo (11), Matti (eight), and Raya (five) are all in school, she finds ways to keep herself occupied while they are in class. She also teaches part-time at Cebu Institute of Medicine, Cebu Doctor’s and Gullas schools. At the end of the day, she and her husband, neurologist Apollo Sitoy, make it a point to be with their children.

She credits her husband for being very supportive, and says he even practices with her for the pageant Q&A portion. “We are just the perfect match,” she gushes. “I love him to infinity.”

Aside from having a wonderful husband and children, Stephanie says that having good relationships with people and with God make life more meaningful. “God has always been with me. When bad things happen, I try to give them positive meaning. Even trials are a blessing in disguise.

You just have to give it time. When you look back, you’ll understand why these things happened.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 02, 2014.

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