You asked the questions, the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates answer them. And I have a feeling you will get a more positive impression of (most of) them in the two videos below.
Here is Batch 2 of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Candidates and their Passions that never fade for Downy Philippines.
They encapsulate in ten seconds what I have been individually blogging about them for the past two months.
The Muntinlupa representative for Miss Universe Philippines 2020 could be Miss Congeniality personified. Maricres “Cris” Valdez Castro is one lady whose mission in life is to spread gentle warmth and happiness to people around her. And this is most evident in all the other beauty pageants she took part in prior to this. A shoulder to lean on and a sisterly presence to look up to – that’s her alright.
Cris is proud of her advocacy for #AdoptionAngels which addresses the plight of 1.8million abandoned children living in the Philippines. She believes that every child deserves a loving home. During one of her regular visits to its center, she prayed and played with the little ones and taught them about how they are Princesses in God’s kingdom and worthy of love. Her activities are reminiscent of the charitable deeds as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa once.
Now during this quarantine period, she has been sharing her time in Logistics Monitoring for the NGO called “Lawyers for Doctors” where they help supply and equip frontliners across 41 hospitals in Metro Manila, Palawan, Bicol and Davao. She has also been using her social media presence to inspire and call action. Thus far, three designers from two different organizations have donated over 300 masks and PPE suits in Manila and in the US. On Top of this, she negotiated for ventilators to be shipped from Washington to Philippine General Hospital in cooperation with friends in politics – former Brigadier General Oscar Hilman and Hon. Ria J Covington. The Filipino-American community deeply wants to help the Philippines during this difficult time. And at home, she started sewing masks by hand and gardening with her family to encourage fellow kababayans to grow in the backyard.
Lastly, she helped raised funds and food for orphanages such as the Tuloy Foundation, Meritxell Children’s Home, and have partnered with Target Fitness Muntinlupa to promote selling their t-shirts for a cause to feed hungry families in Metro Manila.
Sweet charity. This young woman’s heart is in the right place all the time. I hope many other individuals will try to emulate her good example.
The 16 Official Candidates of #BinibiningParanaque2020 along with the #GandangMamita2020 senior ladies were presented to the Officials and Employees of the City Government of Parañaque headed by Mayor Edwin Olivarez and First Lady Janet Olivarez.
There were a few familiar contenders among the young beauties including Sam Coloso (who represented us during Face of Beauty International 2019), Maricres Valdez Castro (who is Miss Scuba Philippines 2019 runner-up), former ICSM Infinity Pageants-Philippine Global Queens candidate Chelle R Toledo and Maria Ingrid Teresita Palanca Santamaria (photo with me below) who happens to be the daughter of former PBA player Joey Santamaria and granddaughter of concert pianist Ingrid Santamaria) – a tall (5’9”) 24 year-old discovery who should do national pageants this year or in 2021.
Finals will be on February 10 at the Ayala Malls Manila Bay for both competitions.
Good luck to everyone!
Congratulations to the new Miss Scuba Philippines Liz Mabao of Rizal Province. She will represent the country in this year’s edition of Miss Scuba International in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
Her court includes:
1st Marine Ambassador Cria Villanueva
2nd Marine Ambassador Sheikha Manglicmot
Maricres Valdez Castro and Jacqueline Formoso
Liz was crowned by last year’s winner Noelle Fuentes Uy-Tuazon in the finals held at Music Museum in Greenhills.
Photo credit for the winners’ group photo: Herson Lee Rada