The Province of Pampanga has always been a rich source of potential Binibinis or Bb. Pilipinas titleholders for that matter. Names like 1979 Miss International Melanie Marquez, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1997 Abbygale Arenas, Bb. Pilipinas Official Candidates Gina Joy Howell (2012) and Emma Tiglao (2014) are usually mentioned when asked to rattle off some familiar Kapampangans who have gone either national or international in pageantry.
This year, Mutya ning Kapampangan wrapped up its search the other night with the proclamation of Mary Angelique Manto of Lubao as the fairest among the twenty-two candidates. The beautiful Communication Arts major of University of Santo Tomas proved that she has both beauty and talent to bring her to the top 5. From there, she was able to handle the final Q&A well enough to secure the title and defeat the other favorites for the crown. A former 2nd Runner-up in The Search for Ideal Thomasian Personalities 2013 (TSITP), she used the experience to help her stand out in the finals.So the next question would automatically circle around the possibility of joining Bb. Pilipinas (or Mutya ng Pilipinas if you will) next year or in 2016. You see, this pretty lass is only 18. And the future could be real bright for her in the pageant world if she chooses to further her training and polishing for the big league.
Will we see more of Mary Angelique Manto in the months to come? I have a good hunch about her.
But for now, let’s all wait and see. 😉