Tacloban City (June 26) – Ms. Maybelle Holanda of Palo, Leyte and a college student at the University of the Philippines Tacloban Campus was crowned as Ms Pintados 2010 before midnight of June 25 at the LNHS Gym, in a well organized pageant hosted by young heartthrob Jurus Gamboa and the reigning Ms. Pintados.
Miss Pintados 2010, Ms Maybelle Holanda (center) of Palo, Leyte, poses with her court: Ms Gianelle Marie Carian of Pastrana, Leyte, 1st runner-up; Ms Jonina Aira Del Pilar of Dagami, 2nd runner-up; Trisha Dawn Daffon of Palo, Leyte, 3rd runner-up; and Ms Monique Ayes of Barugo, Leyte, fourth runner-up. LITO ABALA BAGUNAS, LSDE
Miss Pintados 2010 was crowned by Former Governor, former congresswoman and Mayor-elect of Palo, Leyte , Hon. Remedios L. Petilla and Pintados Founding President, Tanauan Mayor Roque Tiu.
Miss Gianell Marie Carian of Pastrana, Leyte , was proclaimed as the first runner up. Her awards were presented to her by PIA 8 Director Olive Tiu and Mr. Erwin Alcala.
Dagami, Leyte ’s Miss Aira del Pilar was chosen as the 2nd runner up. This pretty student of De La Salle’s St. Benilde who was among the favorite of the crowd was awarded by PIA 8 Director Olive Tiu and the Operations Manager of APAC. Ms. Del Pilar was also chosen as Best in Swimsuit, among others.
Chosen as the 3rd runner up is another crowd favorite, Miss Trishia Dawn B. Daffon from Palo, Leyte whose awards were presented by former Ms Pintados Lourdes Golong. Miss Daffon was also awarded as the Most Popular Candidate, Best in Gown, among others.
Fourth runner up was Barugo’s Monique Ayes while Ormoc’s Darling Lelibeth Lourine Pelicario was chosen as the Most Photogenic.
Mayor-elect Remedios “Matin” Petilla (right) of Palo, Leyte, assisted by Leyte Board Member-elect Roque Tiu, puts on the crown to Miss Pintados 2010, Ms Maybelle Holanda of Palo, Leyte, during the coronation night on Friday at the Leyte National High School gymnasium. Looking in is Vice-Gov. Mimiette Bagulaya (second from left), among others. LITO ABALA BAGUNAS, LSDE
Among the distinguished board of judges were Don Pedro Rodriguez of Spain who is the Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Manila , former Ms. Aliwan and former Ms. Pintados Trisha Veloso, former Ms. Pintados Lourdes Golong, this year’s Sto. Nino Fiesta Hermana Mayor Mrs. Agaton and the operations manager of APAC Leyte.
Now on its 24th year, what makes What makes the Search for the Miss Pintados different from the usual beauty tilts is its being a beauty and talent Search with a cause, that of making the candidates appreciate the qualities and values of a true Filipina, realize the spirit of volunteerism and their social responsibility particularly for the well-being of the street children of the Region.
Caring for disadvantaged fellowmen and working for them without waiting anything in return is most fulfilling. Watching the street children and the candidates playing parlor games together, eating the same food together, this writer wonders who was enjoying who more. To the writer, the players are all the same youthful children playing and sharing fun together, no barriers, no rich or poor, no one beautiful and ugly.
There is a wonderful law of nature which states that the three things man crave most in life – happiness, freedom and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.
The Ms. Pintados candidates do not discover and enhance their God-endowed talents, they also find their heart and happiness in sharing their time and charm in bringing happiness to the street children.
This is the secret why the Search for the Miss Pintados continuous to attract contestants every year for the last twenty years, it is a search with a difference. This is the reason why most of the Miss Pintados candidates become volunteers to the various Pintados Foundation undertakings long after the Search. This is the secret to the success and more beautiful aura of the candidates after the Search.
Indeed, there is no beautifier of complexion or form or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain to the people who need people. It is good to share a meal with disadvantaged, and bring joy to those who have almost forgotten what smile and joy is all about.
For as long as the Search for Miss Pintados of the Pintados Foundation is able to mobilize people into action, building real people and future leaders in the process, able to build real people, and for as long as the people will continue to accept and support the cause of the street children, the Search for Miss Pintados is here to stay. (PIA 8)