Times have changed. Nowadays, the provincial competitions have handsomely upraded their productions with more than adequate budgets allocated by the City or Provincial Governments for the same.Such is the case of the 3rd Edition of Mr & Miss Calamba which had its Press Presentation earlier at the 88 Resort and Korean Hotspring Spa where the forty (40) candidates – 20 males and 20 females – introduced and projected themselves to the best that they can so as to impress the members of the media who were transported to the said resort from Metro Manila. Mind you, the invited members of the Press cannot be sneered at – from representatives of the two biggest TV networks in the country plus colleagues from the broadsheet and tabloid group all the way to teleradyo/radio airing to online media – as each segment was fully represented.
The good-looking Calamba Mayor Timmy Chipeco has this to say about the search: “With the Ms Universe 2017 to be held here in the Philippines, it is high time that the birthplace of our National Hero be also known as the hometown of Filipinas with beauty and wit who will bring pride to our country like Ms Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. We were impressed by the success of one of our 2014 winners, Alexandra Mae Rosales who won as 1st Runner-Up in the Miss Southeast Asia Tourism Ambassadress Pageant held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last October 2015 and we wish to continue to produce more beauty queens from Calamba.”
I can already see a Grand Finals night on December 3 at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Calamba Campus) if today’s event will be used as gauge. Kudos to Director Gareth Blanco who is in-charge of the whole production.