First Posted 06:41 PM 09/30/2009
The Miss Bagasumbul contest was intended to showcase in a competitive atmosphere the beauty, brains and talents of young ladies who hail from Naval or have Navalian roots. The fairest of them all is expected to win in a fair contest.
However, this year, is appears that the contest has become a game of political chickens, where specific contestants are allegedly backed by personalities with manifest political aspirations in 2010. BI.com has heard that the backers include two top elective officials of the province, two former congressmen-mayors, a municipal councilor, and a political aspirant. Four of them, more than half, belong to a political dynasty. A former candidate to a high position was also rumored to have promised support to a specific contestant, but he allegedly did not deliver the promise worth P10,000.00 when push came to shove.
It would have been a source of great elation to the public if the same backers of specific Miss Bagasumbul candidates also competed with each other in providing basic services to the local population during out town’s 149th Pueblo Day last Saturday, Sept. 26. As it turned out, only one of these identified backers actually delivered some bounty to the public on Pueblo Day, and other offered drinks on Pueblo Night. The others were conspicuously absent. As for the Capitol, it would even seem that its top honcho had written off Naval as a town of this province; no public services from that sector on Pueblo Day.
A contest involving female pulchritude should be judged according to the basic criteria for beauty. It should not be measured using the yardsticks of some competitive mice among men, whose concept of victory involves blood and gore similar to scenes that one can witness in a cockpit on Sundays. We are dealing with humans, not chickens, in the Miss Bagasumbul contest. We hope the political mice understand that.