15 comments on “Miss Universe Philippines 2020: Spotlight on Noreen Victoria Mangawit of Kalinga

  1. @Flor on the front runners being “more consistent with the overall MU package“: I think the directional guide adhered to by MUP is the MUO tradewinds towards inclusiveness and diversity. Not only it is good business-wise but in keeping with the global cultural trends. Look at how the Black Lives Matter, Me-Too, Gay Pride and other movements, groups, “tribes”, and sub-cultures all wanting to advance their causes and want to be part of the global conversation.

    It is a positive development that this move reflects a more holistic view of beauty. That’s why as I keep on discovering more details about the candidates, what used to be simply beautiful faces and bodies are now a bevy of outstanding beauties inside and out. This is a batch of top models, top athletes, outstanding scholars and students, sought-after motivational speakers, remarkable career women, respected health and cultural workers, and credentialed community organizers and leaders– all beautiful in their own right!

    • That’s why, as Pia Wurtzbach emphasized at the latest Astie Nights episode, the MU aspirants are no longer “judged” but “selected”. The nuances of the two words are significant in the light of the adherence to the cause of inclusiveness and diversity. Pageantry should not, and must not, pit one beauty against another. It is a process of selecting who amontg the aspirants will be bestowed with the honors of taking the lead role in advancing the causes of the pageant’s brand.

  2. So culturally relevant theme. I think her cause is timely now that our indigenous peoples (IPs) are left in the dark. It’s time to value their existence because IPs are the reflection of our past.

    Win or lose, I hope this girl’s advocacy will be advanced. Go on, girl!

    That’s all.

    • @Ana Winter- Lund, I absolutely agree. Win or lose, Noreen’s advocacy should be advanced, and should be supported by MUP through the AP. MUP,after all is not just a beauty contest but a platform for worthwhile advocacies. That makes a pageant truly a celebration of beauty!

      Noreen may not fit the stereotypical physical beauty standards of most Filipinos, but physical beauty being culturally defined, makes her a very beautiful modern mountain maiden to her people. @Flor was right, Noreen reminds her of H’Hen Nie of Vietnam who was literally plucked from a northern indigenous Vietnam tribe and made waves in the beauty circuit all the way to MU Top 5! So we cannot dismiss at this point her chances at the crown. Who knows?

      • I couldn’t agree more, Scorg. Let’s see how she shines bright like a diamond on the final’s night. If she can pull off the H’hen Nie trademark, then why not?

      • @ scorg & @ Ana Winter-Lund Now we realize how JG’s assumption of the MUP franchise dovetails with his modelling agency, Mercator. HE CAN USE THIS TO DISCOVER FRESH FACES. 🙂

        That being said, I am of the impression that all the front-runners at MUT 2020 are fashion models. MUP must be given credit now for putting together a somewhat more diverse line-up of early favorites, which includes nurses (Sorsogon and Albay), a pro-volleybelle (Quezon City), and a flight attendant (Cavite). I have to admit that while the faces there are more pretty in general, the ones here may be more consistent with the OVER-ALL MU package (including back story).

        Oh, I just watched Heyadamg’s interview with Amanda Obdam. She confirmed that she went to the same (preparatory/high?) school as Daniel Peters in Thailand. He’s our Rachel’s younger brother.

  3. Mr. Tinio, is it safe to assume the three candidates you will feature in PN’s S2E2 will no longer require individual posts here in the blog, po? So, we commentators will simply have to tune in this Sunday, 20th, to know who they are…? 🙂

    • @Flor, I agree. It is a welcome development that indigenous communities get to be represented in the national celebration of beauty. And take note– Iskolar ng Bayan! I wish her the best.

      • @ scorg I have a funny-silly story about UP Baguio…

        When I was still unaware of just how accessible (read : manageable walk for the strong-footed) everything is in the City of Pines, I took a jeep at the Burnham Park Terminal, thinking the school was “from Quezon City Rotonda to Echague” in distance. Juice mio! Malapit lang pala. 🙂

        Baguio City is a STORIED place! I wonder if Bea Maynigo’s own will be just as thrilling-magical.

    • The written personal account of herself and her views has depth, reflective of an above average intellect that is solidly grounded in her indegenous roots. I hope to see more write-ups on her.

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