TACLOBAN CITY — The registered nurse-turned-police officer who won as “Ms. Ganda Pulis 2017” is an academic achiever.
PO1 Arla Ray Paciencia, 24, completed Bachelor of Science in Nursing as cum laude and a scholar at Colegio de Sta. Lourdes Foundation, Inc. in Tabon-Tabon, Leyte in 2012 and passed the Nursing Licensure Exam on the same year.
She bested 26 candidates from different regions, support and administrative units across the country to win the title “Ganda Pulis: Miss PNP 2017” during the coronation night Tuesday at Camp Crame.
A native of San Jose district this city, she represented the Philippine National Police Eastern Visayas regional office in the first Miss PNP pageant.
Paciencia, who is now taking up law studies in this city, is currently assigned to the PNP regional headquarters in Palo, Leyte.
She was first assigned at the Samar provincial police office and was later transferred to the Eastern Visayas police regional office.
This is not the first time she joined a beauty pageant. Before joining the police force, she sashayed on stage and won first-runner-up in the Miss Pintados 2012 pageant.
She was awarded with a plaque and a gift check worth PHP300,000.
“I still could not believe that I won. I just enjoyed the pageant and make sure that I represented our region with pride and honor. Despite challenging circumstances that we encountered before, during, and after the pageant, still we worked under pressure,” she added.
She suffered vitiligo, a disease of the skin that losses the skin color in blotches. But this did not stop her in pursuing her dreams to have a better life for her and her loved ones.
“In life, it’s not how many times you fall, but how you rise up to fight again another day,” she said in a mobile phone interview Wednesday afternoon.
Completing her court were PO1 Nova Em Lago from Davao Regional Police Office, PO1 Leizel Abejero from Zamboanga Police Regional Office, PO1 Bernie Jane Dela Cruz from Central Luzon Police Regional Office and PO1 Janice Etang from the Caraga Police Regional Office.
The week-long search for confidently beautiful policewomen is in support of the Women’s Month celebration, through the Police Community Relations Group (PCRG).
The winner will continue to advocate the PNP programs and serve as ambassadress of goodwill of the police force. Vicky Arnaiz/PNA-northboundasia.com