“Your daughter will have the best dress of the evening.”
This is what Miss Bulgaria Violina Ancheva said when she handed over the gown that she wore during the Miss Universe pageant before she flew home that day.
The winner is Issay Gallano, a single mom of a 15-year-old girl named Zyra Nicole Cifra who will be attending her prom night just a few weeks away. Being the sole breadwinner, Gallano said she can’t afford to buy her daughter a dress that’s why she didn’t think twice taking on Miss Bulgaria’s kind gesture.
Ancheva and Gallano met at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City. Zyra was not there to personally receive the dress because she was still in school. Her mother, however, was able to capture her reaction on camera.
“I know how she feels and I’m happy I gave it to you”, Ancheva told Mommy Issay. Miss Bulgaria added that this is one of the most touching moments in her life because she was able to help other people in her own way.
The two-piece, navy blue gown was made by Sherri Hill, a famous American fashion designer whose works have become a staple in Hollywood and world pageants like the Miss Universe.
But one netizen has this to say about the lucky winner of Miss Bulgaria’s gown: