Me: Meg, can I showcase your beauty in my blog?
Meg: tita! that’s so sweet of you! i don’t mind, it’ll be an honor for me, as a matter of fact
Me: Thanks Meg! Your beauty reminds me of the super model Cindy Crawford.
Meg Tanael is the daughter of my friends, Maria Liza Rodriguez and Rolando Tanael, all natives of Bato, Catanduanes. Both parents were my batch mates in high school. Meg is 20 years old, a senior in University of Asia and the Pacific majoring in Information Technology. She has an older brother named Daryl Tanael whom she fondly calls “kuya,” a term filipinos use as a sign of respect to an older brother.
She was born in Pasay, Philippines. At age six, her parents accepted job offers in Saudi Arabia. They took with them Meg and her brother and started new careers and brand new life in some strange place in Saudi Arabia, reason why she was hardly known in Bato or in Catanduanes. She graduated from high school in International Philippine School in Riyadh in which she was a consistent honor student.
I had had a chance to exchange email with Meg’s father several years back, and he mentioned how beautiful her daughter has evolved and blossomed, and I could tell how proud he was of her. I get same feedback from her mother who is now based in USA. Though she has been persuaded a career in modeling for the last several years in the Philippines, her mother has adamantly insisted that she finish her college first before she ventures into such things. One thing that strikes me about Meg is she is a very sweet girl and she minds her parents. Most kids these days do whatever they please regardless of what their parents say. When Meg celebrated her 20th birthday, she wanted very much to go bungee jumping, and she asked me if i could entice her mom to allow her to do it. I didn’t talk to her mom. I just reasoned with her that bungee jumping is such a risky activity, that she should save this reckless abandonment stuff for later. Lo and behold, she listened which made me so proud of her.
Her beauty didn’t go unnoticed in the Philippine community in Saudi Arabia. At a young age of 15, she was crowned first Binibining Pilipinas-Riyadh 2004. As a result, she became more and more popular even in the Phillipines. I could imagine how proud her parents are of her. I know I am.
She now resides with her older brother in the Philippines. Now and then, she visits her mom in the USA or vice versa.
Lately, she has had many pictorials from various Philippine photographers, currently modeling for Circuit Fashion for Multiply sellers (designers) & Publicity Events Dep’t. (PED) of the UP Public Relations Advertising Society (PR+Ads)