This was how Christine introduced herself during Miss Manila 2015 (Photo credit: Lito Caleon)
Christine as Choice of the Press
Christine Balaguer may be deaf, but that did not stop her from pursuing her pageant dreams. During last Wednesday night’s finals of Miss Manila 2015, she proved to everyone that her physical limitation does not constitute a hindrance whatsoever. If at any, it turned out to be an advantage that she was able to utilize in sharing her views to the audience in a unique way – sign language, that is. And when she made it to the Top 5 and eventually became one of two last women standing (together with eventual Miss Manila 2015 winner Kaycie Lyn Fajardo
) during the announcement of winners, the audience was hoping that she would be named #1. But 1st Runner-Up ain’t bad at all. In fact, it is a high honor to place higher than 24 other contenders.
Now, Christine is looking forward to fulfilling her responsibilities as one of Manila’s finest beauties in her own meaninful – albeit silent – way. Manila Mayor Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada will definitely benefit from having her as an ally for all the charitable and medical projects of the city.
Congratulations, Christine! 😀
Christine poses with Jonas Gaffud after the finals where she was named 1st Runner-Up (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
P.S. Watch Christine during the Press Presentation of Miss Manila 2015. She is first in line in this clip so you won’t need to fast forward anymore. 😉
courtesy of Viva Ent
Lance Jason Go is the first deaf candidate in any Philippine male pageant I know of.
Lance in his festival costume (Photo credit: Jory Rivera)
Lance (leftmost) gets loving support from fellow deaf friends Christine Balaguer and Lester Lagos
There is a deaf candidate in the ongoing Mister United Continents Philippines 2015, and he is Mister Pasay City Lance Jason Go. You’ve got to hand it to this guy for prevailing over his disadvantage and proving to all and sundry that he has as much chance as the regular comers to perform well in the male competition.
The good thing is that he is not by his lonesome in the endeavor. Lance is getting full moral support from his fellow deaf friends Christine Balaguer (you all know her, of course) and antigravity yoga teacher Lester Lagos.
Watch his advocacy campaign video below.
courtesy of Mister United Continents Philippines 2015
Good luck in the contest, Lance Jason Go! 🙂
Princess Pura could be the very first deaf national beauty contestant in the Philippines (Photo credit: Edmund Chua for OPMB Worldwide)
You have got to give credit to this 17 year-old for her courage to reach for her dreams inspite of the great physical limitations.
Princess Pura is a deaf individual trying her luck in Queen of the Philippines 2014. And in the event that she wins (which is a good publicity angle for the contest), she could very well be the country’s first deaf representative to an international beauty competition.
While the nationwide beauty contest is not as a big an event as the likes of Bb. Pilipinas and Miss World Philippines, it still is being organized to find our reps for three smaller pageants abroad. And what an interesting option to have someone like Princess wearing the country’s sash in one of them. 🙂