New Pageant Bets on Deaf Mute Beauty Queen
Three beauty pageants were in the news recently. Two of them—Queen of the Philippines and Miss Global Philippines—are new and defy conventions because they open their doors to deaf mute and single mother beauty queen aspirants.
The new pageants are an addition to the oldest running mainstream pageant in the country. Mutya ng Pilipinas will again send a delegation to Miss Asia Pacific International where the Philippines has had four winners in the past.
“This pageant gives a chance to deaf mutes and single mothers which is something new,” said Reneé Salud, fashion designer and one of the organizers for Miss Global Philippines 2014.
“We want to give them a chance because we believe that disabled women and women who have a past deserve a chance to participate and be represented in beauty pageants,” he said.
The Pinay beauty pageant embraces both single and single mothers who possess not just beauty, but also the passion to serve and the commitment to make a difference for the Philippines and its people. Three contestants this year to this pageant are single mothers.
There is a tourism component to the pageant. Organizers and sponsors acknowledge deserving Filipino women who can promote Philippine heritage and world-class destinations and bestow on them the title Tourism Ambassador.
Some 23 official candidates to Miss Global Philippines 2014 were presented to the press recently at Hotel H2O. The contestants’ ages ranged from 18 to 27 and represent different parts of the Philippines.
The coronation night is slated on October 11, at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre of Resorts World Manila. The winner will be sent to compete on December 19, in Miss Global International Finals, to be held aboard the Crown Princess Cruise, which sails from Los Angeles to Mexico.
Meet Princess Alanis Pura, 18-year old deaf mute who was recently crowned 2014 Queen of the Philippines at the Subic Yacht Club in Olongapo City.
“This is a dream come true. I never thought this would happen for me,” said Pura. “I am thankful to Queen of the Philippines for giving a person with disability like myself a chance to become a beauty queen. I aspire to become a role model to others and represent the country in the best way that I can.”
The reigning Philippine queen will compete in the Face of Beauty International, to be held in Taichung, Taiwan in November, with 59 other contestants from all over the world. The pageant has no height and weight requirements for its contestants.
Other winners of the pageant who will compete internationally are Guillen Diaz, who is delegate to 2014 Face of the World (World’s Prettiest Girl,) and Lyka Antonette Johnson, who competes in the 2014 Yacht Model International.
Meanwhile, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 crowned 19-year old Cebuana nursing student and model Eva Psychee Patalinjug as Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International at the coronation held recently at Solaire Casino and Resort in Pasay City. Glennifer Perido was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism while Patrizia Bosco won as Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Community.
It has been a while since the Philippines participated in Miss Asia Pacific. The international pageant has grown and reformatted since then to become Miss Asia Pacific International and even spawned other franchises elsewhere.
Patalinjug will attempt to become the fifth Filipina to win Miss Asia Pacific, which was last won by Michelle Aldana in 1993.
Jaycon Yaneza is based in Manila. He is an AB Literature graduate of the University of Santo Tomas. He has written for Manila Bulletin and Icon magazine. You can get to know Jaycon on his blog divasr4ever.
Photos courtesy of Queen of the Philippines, Miss Global Philippines, Mutya ng Pilipinas, Princess Pura, Eva Patalinjug, Reneé Salud, Lito Sy, Dexter Ferdinand S. Nicolau, GMA-7 and OMB Worldwide.