Miss Bulgaria passes on gown to 15-year-old girl

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The search is over: Miss Bulgaria 2016 Violina Ancheva fInds a new owner of the gown she wore at the Miss Universe pageant.

Before she returned to Bulgaria Tuesday night, Ancheva announced she would pass on her Sherri Hill gown to a girl who needs a prom dress.

 

Each Miss Universe contestant received a gown as a present from the American designer.

Related: Miss Bulgaria was looking for a Filipina to own her gown

The 15-year-old daughter of Issay Gallano, a single mother of two, received the surprise of her life.

Gallano's daughter, Zyra Nicole Cifra, is attending her prom in a few weeks, but her mother — the only breadwinner — couldn't afford to buy a ball gown.

"I was checking my SSS (Social Security System) already so I can buy her a dress because she really wanted a memorable prom this year. And then this necklace I'm ready to pawn this just to add to the budget," Gallano said.

Gallano said she messaged Ancheva, but did not expect a reply from the beauty queen.

But Ancheva ended up choosing Gallano among the thousands of people who sent her a message.

 

Ancheva responded to a few messages but did not get a reply. One of them was from a mother in Davao City, but Ancheva doesn't have time to go there because she's was leaving Manila Tuesday night.

Ancheva said she felt blessed to have been a part of the beauty pageant. 

Her thoughts went back to another happy moment in her life: her high school prom. 

Right then, the Bulgarian beauty queen felt she had to share the blessing.

 

"I know how she feels and I'm happy I gave it to you, and your daughter will have the best dress of the evening," Ancheva told an emotional Gallano.

Ancheva said it is important to pass on the gown to allow another girl to share in her blessing.

"This is probably the most beautiful thing that I have ever done for somebody, the most touching thing," Ancheva said.

 

Galllano said the gown would be a surprise for her daughter, who was still in school when she got the gown from Ancheva.

The beauty queen even asked Gallano to send her a video of her daughter's reaction to the surprise.

 

Last year, Miss Bulgaria 2015 touched Filipinos' hearts when she cheered Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach to claim her crown.

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