The 49 candidates in this year's Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant visited Airport Casino Filipino in Parañaque City last week to witness the signing of a partnership deal between the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), headed by Chairman/CEO Cristino L. Naguiat, Jr., and Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI), led by Chairperson Stella Marquez de Araneta.
In his short remarks, PAGCOR Chair/CEO Naguiat said he is optimistic that the next Miss Universe will be a Filipina, that's why they're all-out in supporting the country's premier beauty pageant. To express this confidence, the state-run gaming firm is giving a R3-million sponsorship for this year's Bb. Pilipinas pageant to be held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on April 14.
Naguiat added that the agency is honored to be part of the Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant, which is also celebrating its golden year.
In 2010, Maria Venus Raj was named Miss Universe 4th runner-up, while architect Shamcey Supsup came in third place during the Miss Universe 2011. Last year, 23-year-old Janine Tugonon almost won the crown when she emerged as 1st runner-up to Miss USA Olivia Culpo.
For her part, Mrs. Araneta - herself a beauty queen who was crowned as the first Filipina Miss International winner in 1960 - expressed her gratitude to PAGCOR for being one of the sponsors of this year's Bb. Pilipinas pageant.
"It is a privilege and honor to be associated with PAGCOR and we hope that we will have many future plans for the country with the help of the beautiful women in the Philippines," she said.
Aside from promoting the beauty of Filipinas, the Bb. Pilipinas pageant is also a charity event. According to Mrs. Araneta, Operation Smile Philippines and Gawad Kalinga Foundation are among the beneficiaries of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 pageant.
As part of PAGCOR's sponsorship for the Bb. Pilipinas 2013, a Ms. PAGCOR Special Award shall be given to a deserving candidate who will receive a cash prize and free accommodations at Hyatt Hotel & Casino.
Among the candidates are Charin Adrianne Ramos, Miss Casino Filipino 2012 3rd runner-up, and Merce Grace Raquel, a finalist of PAGCOR's Miss CF 2012.
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Bb. Pilipinas Candidate, Dean's Lister, Artist, Etc.
Bb. Pilipinas candidate No. 42 Jacqueline Alexandra "Jam" Mayoralgo not only shines with her beauty and talent but she also has the brains and a taekwondo blackbelt to boot.
Jacqueline graduated from De La Salle University (DLSU)-Manila with a degree in Industrial Engineering and showed excellence by becoming a Dean's Lister for several terms. "I focused on my studies while I was at DLSU especially during the early years of my college life. Despite the singing performances and recording until the wee hours of the morning, I graduated as planned. I'm very thankful to my parents for teaching me the value of education," she said.
At DLSU, she was elected as asst. vice president for activities of the Industrial Management Engineering Society and was a recipient of the I Belong Youth Leadership Award.
Jacqueline also excelled in sports, performing arts and community involvement, and in fact she won as Miss Engineering and Miss Makati Tourism 2008. She is a taekwondo black belter, and she said "Taekwondo instilled in me discipline and concentration."
Jacqueline plays the piano and had recitals in Assumption College. She had also played lead roles in a number of Repertory Philippines Summer Workshops. A talented singer, she is a former member of the Opera Belles, a trio of classically trained women who sing opera crossover to popular music (their first CD released in 2011 under Sony Music Entertainment Philippines Inc.).
Together with her family, she has been involved in social action projects for the benefit of street children, underprivileged youth, and disaster victims.
Jacqueline is the daughter of Al and Lyn Mayoralgo, and the great granddaughter of Col. Alejo Valdes, a poet, composer, writer, athlete and soldier, from whom she may have inherited her multiple interests.
Jacqueline is also the great grand niece of Gen. Basilio Valdes, who served as the secretary of National Defense and Health under President Manuel L. Quezon.
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'Boracay Bodies' Makes Summer Hotter
The "Boracay Bodies," TV5's new reality show, is a day-and-night affair - with challenges to meet during daytime, and a red-light party to enjoy in the evening! It goes on its second edition tomorrow, April 13.
Meeting the challenges are "the wiseman" Luke Jickain, "lover boy" Victor Silayan, "the jester" Joross Gamboa, "Mr. Boy-next-door" Brent Javier, "Ms. Righteous" Wendy Valdez, "the sweet girl" Helga Krapf, "mysterious" Krista Miller, and the one and only "diva" Ethel Booba.
The reality show, as you must have seen during its premiere on April 6, gives each contestant a specific task to perform each day - over a seven-day period. The tasks or challenges, all to be encountered in Boracay, have built-in surprises, and though hard they may be, the participants will be rewarded with an enjoyable party in the evening with Boracay Rum providing the additional heat!
Krista Miller, alleged to have caused the breakup of Cesar Montano and his wife Sunshine, said during the launching of the reality show, that she would like to meet Sunshine, and possibly help bring her back to Cesar.
On "Boracay Bodies," Krista is known as the "Mysterious Girl."
And why is Wendy Valdez known as "Righteous?" Because she usually quotes passages from the Bible, and perhaps she would use this skill to meet the challenges thrown at her in Boracay.
Though she is called "The Sweet Girl," Helga Krapt, might throw away that moniker - or even make herself sweeter!
And Ethel Booba, though called the "Diva," might come down from her throne, and just like ordinary beings, take the easier route without rules and decorum.
It is for the viewers to find out if they will meet challenges in accordance to the contestants' characteristics or not. A R500,000 cash prize awaits the contestants who will be voted as the Ultimate Party Boy and Ultimate Party Girl.
"Boracay Bodies" airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on TV5.
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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, April 12, go to beauty guru Ricky Reyes, Chi-Chi Laperal, Gina Santos, Vicia David Pascual, Mercy Santos, Carol Rigor, Chito Siopongco, Norie Sayo, Cynthia Gapasin, Milagros Liquete, Marichelle M. Torres, Evelyn Tabor, Christine Margaret G. Martinez, and my New York-based daughter-in-law Brenda Silan-Belen...