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Beauty contest sans swimsuit aims to promote spirituality

By Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City (19 November) -- A beauty pageant without the usual swimsuit?

The 2011 Ms. Galicayo-Camilliana Search attempts to be different from most beauty pageants because of its mission ? to bring back among Pangasinenses religiosity and particularly veneration to Mother Mary especially young women.

Lawyer Diosdado R. Mendoza of the Camillian Foundation (Phils) Inc. said the beauty contestants will be in shorts when they vie for the Ms. Galicayo-Camilliana crown on December 4 at the Manaoag Auditorium. Five finalists will vie for the major titles.

Other awards for that night include Ms. Congeniality, Best in Creative/Ethnic Costume, Best in Shorts Wear, Ms. Photogenic, Best in Casual Wear, Ms. Talent, Best in Filipiniana Attire, Ambassadress of Goodwill, and special awards Ms. Globe, Ms. Natasha and Ms. Coke Light.

Executive committee chair Purita A. Villamoran clarified to newsmen that the event is separate from the Galicayo festival being staged annually by the municipal government of Manaoag. She noted that the festival's past editions did not get as much attention as they used to especially during the time of former Board Member John Agerico Rosario who was one of the original organizers.

Galicayo, she said, was not exclusive to the festival as it refers to the invitation to visit the well-known Lady of Manaoag.

Program Coordinators Rafael Saygo, Queene Hezzel Caballero and Kareen Manzano of the St. Camillus College in barangay Licsi of that town said the pageant is open to all Pangasinan ladies who are at least 5" 4" in height and 16 to 24 years old. Last year's winner is from Mapandan town.

Mendoza said the group's mission is to inculcate to the youth the value of Camillian spirituality and good health. The search has the theme "Powered by Faith to be Fit and Beautiful."

Pre-pageant is scheduled on December 1 at the college campus. (PIA Pangasinan) (PIA) [top]

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