Earlier in the day, the first leg of the NCR Screening for Miss Republic of the Philippines got underway at the Function Room of Pioneer Highlands in Mandaluyong City. Your blogger sat on the panel as part of the screening committee, alongside Miss RP President Lynette Padolina and businesswomen Marcott Almeda and Geraldine Beltran.
The screenees had a relatively long grilling time as Ms. Padolina made the extra effort to measure the ladies’ ability to explain themselves and their respective advocacies. Included among those who were short-listed for the final assessment are Riza Diego (a 5’10” beauty with good communication skills), Ma. Daziella Gange, Anna Mae Cagurangan, Jenny Rose Ignacio and Mary Rose Cajayon. They will join the rest of the contenders for the last leg on July 11 at the Fisher Mall to know the complete cast of Official Candidates who will vie for Miss Republic of the Philippines.