By Kyle T
This lady has got the most beautiful green eyes
I have ever seen. She simply stared at me straight, and I felt
hypnotized by her looks. Among the candidates, Ivana is one of
those who do not go out of their way to win attention and the like.
More often than not, she stays on the sidelines and would hug the
limelight only when her turn comes. This is the most
identifiable characteristic of Miss Croatia. And although I must
admit that she appears to be having lots of fun, there remains some
inner calmness that radiates in her external persona. This is
one profound individual who can share her deep insights if given the
chance. But since the interview was structured like a chat, all
our verbal exchanges are quite basic.
How do you find the Philippines so far?
Philippines is so far, yeah. But when I came here, I was
thrilled because I found out that I like the country. I like the
people. I get this feeling like I was already living here for
almost one year. I've been here for only a week and I like
everything…food, people, everything…everybody is so friendly that
I don't miss my family anymore. They must be mad at me right
Have you learned any word in Tagalog?
Did you have any special preparations for the Miss
"…I didn't do anything
special, except that I am part of this rural organization where we
clean the beach because I live in the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
We clean every month different parts of the beach, and for me that's
normal. That's nothing unusual."
Did you come here to win, to place, or to just
"…I think every
girl who says that she does not expect anything, that's a lie!
Because we're hoping to get something, if not the crown, then to be in
the finals maybe. But more than anything, what's important is
the experience. I meet lots of girls from different parts of the
world. I meet lots of different cultures, and for me that's the
What for you is the most essential value or virtue any
woman should have?
"…For me, that would
be beauty from inside, intelligence, and a good moral attitude or good
character. And I think that every woman today is very modern and
they just want to have careers. But for me, it is important to
have a family, a normal family life which can be combined with a
Beauty queens are expected to stay fit
and healthy all the time, name me one food you cannot resist eating.
biscuits, chocolates…I can't live without ice cream and anything