“Beauty in Giving” is the slogan of the national beauty pageant, Miss World Philippines, which selects the country’s representative for the 62-year-old Miss World pageant. This pageant was formed only a little more than a year ago, on January 25, 2011, but it has already done so much to prove that its slogan fits perfectly. I’m sure that people from the Tuloy Foundation, Inc. and PGH Medical Foundation, Inc. would agree with me. The mentioned charities are both beneficiaries of the said pageant.
The Tuloy Foundation, Inc. was started in 1993 with the purpose of taking poor, orphaned, abandoned and homeless children out of the streets and into the Tuloy village in southern Metro Manila. From having only 12 children when they began, this foundation has now helped more than 10,000 children. Fr. Marciano “Rocky” G. Evangelista, SDB, president and project director of the said foundation, has received multiple awards for his work. But according to him, his true trophies are the weapons made by street children and are voluntarily surrendered to him. This signifies their will to leave their past ways behind them and continue their lives in the Tuloy village. Appropriately, “tuloy” is a Filipino word which, among a few other interpretations, means “to continue.” That is exactly what the foundation helps children do by providing them with a place to stay, a chance to learn, and everything else they will need to succeed.
PGH Medical Foundation
The PGH Medical Foundation, Inc. is a philanthropic organization consisting of dedicated volunteers that help the less-privileged get medical attention. Services are provided by the Philippine General Hospital. Through millions of donations made by selfless people, this organization has launched countless projects. Gregorio T. Alvior, Jr., MD is the president of this goodhearted organization.
CQ Global Quest, Inc.
This prestigious pageant is being organized by CQ Global Quest, Inc., an event organizing company based in Pasay, Metro Manila and owned by Socorro Alicia “Cory” Quirino Rastrollo. She is the granddaughter of the 6th Philippine president, Elpidio Rivera Quirino. But Cory definitely has not lived in the shadow of her prominent grandfather. She has successfully made a name for herself as a tri-media personality.
Miss World Philippines Owned by Binibining Pilipinas?
The local franchise for Miss World used to belong to the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI), headed by Stella Marquez. But last year, that
contract was ended by Julia Morley, president of the Miss World Organization. Julia personally awarded the franchise to Cory in Manila. She also made clear that her main reason for supporting a separate pageant is to be able to focus more on raising funds for their beneficiaries and no offense was intended to either BPCI or Stella Marquez.
The First Miss World Philippines
The very first Miss World Philippines was Gwendoline Ruais. She is remarkably beautiful. Imagine a blend of Filipina and French beauty, that’s her. She was crowned by Miss World 2010 Alexandria Mills on September 18 of 2010, at the Philippine International Convention Center, after besting 24 other gorgeous contestants. She was only 21 years old then. This lady, standing 5’11” tall, did not disappoint in the Miss World 2011 pageant last November 6 as she placed 1st Princess and won the title of Asia and Oceania Continental Queen.
Qualifications of Candidates
As in any pageant, there are requirements that the contestants have to meet to qualify for Miss World Philippines. Some of these requirements are:
- You must have good moral character, charm, poise, personality and beauty of face and figure.
- You must be compassionate, intelligent, and able to speak intelligently in public places.
- You must be a person whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute to the Miss World Philippines Beauty Pageant or the Miss World Title.
- You must be single, a female citizen of the Philippines, and not less than 17 years of age or more than 24 years and 364 days of age on the date of the Miss World Final in the relevant year.
- You must be at least 5 feet and 6 inches tall.
- You must never have been through any ceremony either valid or invalid, and whether civil, religious or tribal, which is recognized as a marriage ceremony in any part of the world.
- You must have never given birth to a child.
- If you are below 21 years of age, you are required to obtain your parent’s/legal guardian’s consent on the Official Contestant Entry Form.
- You must not be representing or have represented the Philippines in any international beauty competition/ contest/ pageant after winning any local and/or international beauty competition/contest/pageant.