Miss Universe 2002, Pauline Pasek, now on her first visit to Bali, claims to have fallen instantly in love with the Island. And, by all indications, the feeling is mutual.
The Chief of the Bali Tourism Authority, I Gede Pitana, presented honorary membership in the Balinese community of Pasek to the woman, dubbed the Universe's most beautiful, during her current stay in Bali.
The recognition, was presented to Ms. Pasek during her stay at the Begawan Giri Estate, just north of Ubud, on Saturday, June 21, 2003.
A native of Panama and a long time resident of New York City, Pauline Pasek was delighted to hear that her family name is so common to many Balinese families that an entire community is so named.
Admitting she was initially dissuaded from visiting Bali due to negative official travel warnings, she found the island both safe and its beauty and charm beyond anything she had ever imagined.
Pauline told Bali's tourism Chief that she would be happy to become an Ambassador for Bali tourism and thanked him for the honor of becoming an honorary Balinese.
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