This is a late post about the victory of a Filipina in an international pageant. But as they say, better late than never!
CAROSINO – Lights off and smiling faces. This does not always happen at the end of a healthy competition. All the Ambassadors of Progress from the five continents, fully understood their role and unanimously agreed with the jury’s opinion that awarded Mary Grace Jedaver Pancho Opingo, Filipina from North Cotabato, with the title of the best project on human rights and as absolute overall winner of MISS PROGRESS INTERNATIONAL 2017 held in the town of Carosino, Province of Taranto, Southeast Italy.
Jedaver won thanks to her project titled “Love IPs” (love indigenous people) and dedicated to the Rif Mountain tribes who, unfortunately, live isolated and are discriminated because of their ethnicity. With the award received by the cultural association In Progress, the organizer of the event, she will continue the tour already started in those areas bringing moral support, contributing to literacy and also providing them with necessary goods.
“I am grateful to the organizers who had invited me in 2015 and 2016 when I could not attend because the Italian embassy in Manila did not give me the visa. In the meantime, I have given birth to my ‘Caravan for Progress’ tour that I can continue to fund with the prize and also thanks to the great popularity I seem to have acquired with the conquest of this prestigious title.” said Jedaver.
Congratulations from normannorman.com. Kudos as well to the organizers led by Giuseppe Borrillo!