6 comments on “Christine Balaguer, Miss Manila 2015 1st Runner-Up

  1. One’s views of less than stellar can be exceedingly beautiful to the other. I think what Scorg was meaning to say was diversity in beauty, or a particularly secular perception of it, rather than no standard of beauty at all. One of the qualifications in any beauty contest is pleasing personality, plus others. That’s a good reason why there’s screening, and needless to say, Christine passed.

    Anybody who wishes to be in the limelight could only dream of having that so-called X factor. Unfortunately, that X factor doesn’t come by so easily these days as evident by so many dedicated hopefuls and skilled stars wanting to nail the top, hopefully remain there the longest – then fails. But just because you’re missing it doesn’t mean that you can never try. Otherwise, all other criteria would have been negligible. To further note, some people’s stars don’t even shine as bright until they’re there. So let’s give these people the chance, shall we? We might never know.

    • We understand your viewpoint, Baleleng. But MWP is all about beauty in giving. So, why don’t we let MWP be the judge of that? For all we know, Christine’s disability might actually be an inspiration to others should she win. She could even be more relatable than our usual idea of pageant winners on the premise that one’s disability is not and should not be a hindrance to pursue one’s dreams and advocacies. Also, other contenders have tried other pageants too before winning big time. So why not allow Christine if she so wanted?

  2. Baleleng, you iriritate me! Do you have anything against Christine? The fact she was adjudged as first runner up speaks volume. She was chosen by several judges for God’ sake. The girl has dreams just like everyone of us. Everyone has the right to dream and nobody should tell someone to stop dreaming i.e. don’t say that this should be her last pageant. Who are you to say that? Aber?

  3. The novelty of a differently-abled beauty queen will always be a global interest, so is a black Japanese beauty queen, and a maid-turned-beauty-queen. I hope Christine will consider trying out again for MWP. She has the qualities that can add value to MW brand, especially in this and age of radicalism, xenophobia, racism, religious intolerance, etc. She can demonstrate to the whole world that nonverbal language resonates more audibly in this noisy chaotic world. I’m positive that she can compel more people to listen to her than would any of those physically-abled beauty spokespersons.

    • If the standard of beauty is the White Caucasian or Latina types, then Christine’s beauty is what you termed as “less-than stellar”. But so are the black African types and other Asian prototypes, who win international beauty contests just as well. In other words, there is no international standard of beauty. What is ugly to one may be an exotic beauty to another. And today’s concept of beauty is not anymore confined to facial beauty but to the total package, and yes, including cerebral power and the willpower to be of service to society. That is why we have slogans like “beauty in giving”, “confidently beautiful”, “earth warriors”– all projecting images of being able to roll up sleeves or don working tees as well as wear elegant evening gowns. Please note that the reign of a beauty queen is not just spent on social functions of the well-heeled, but also, or maybe more so, in humanitarian action in orphanages, calamity areas, rehabilitation areas, hospitals, refugee enters, migrant holding areas, slums, etcetera. In other words, a beauty queen today is no longer to be simply gawked at, but to be listened to and teamed up with.

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