Friday, September 30, 2016

On Witnessing Beauty and Brain on Stage

I still remember when my niece Jade  told me that she was not accepted in joining the beauty contest in school. She was then in her junior year in college at Holy Angel University in Angeles City. The only reason why she was rejected was she was not tall enough.

It has been a year. My niece once more auditioned and hoped to finally make it. She is still not tall enough however, she is now smarter and much more determined. During the preliminary pageant, she had the chance to voice out her opinion and said beauty cannot be measured by height or body size because real beauty comes from within. Having said that, she made it to the finalist. A total of 9 ladies were chosen to compete for Miss SAS & SED. (School of Arts and Sciences & School of Education).

I had a great time watching the show. All the candidates were gorgeous looking. Out of 9 candidates, only 4 will be chosen as the finalists. There were more than 15 minor awards. Miss Talent, Best in Casual Wear, Costume, Long Gown  and Miss Congeniality are among those which I think are most important of all. My niece didn't get any of them. She was awarded as Miss Professionalism, which I didn't even know what it was for. I thought of it as a consolation award.

I patiently waited for the announcement of 4 finalists. I was so scared when the first 3 finalists were called and my niece was not one of them. I looked at all the remaining ladies. There was one who was so tall who looked like a model, another one was so fair skinned and looked like a movie star. And then I saw my niece, pretty and smiling confidently, her chin was up while wearing her 4-inch heels shoes. Everything happened so fast and I was glad to hear her name being called as the 4th finalist.

The most important segment of any beauty contest is the Question & Answer portion.

There was only one question which was asked for all the 4 finalists. "How can a simple Angelite like you be a hero to other students?"

I watched and listened carefully to the answers of the first 3 finalists. I felt the tension and the their nervousness. It wasn't easy being in front of a large audience. NOVERTHELESS, when the time came for my niece to answer, she showed how smart and confident she was. without batting an eyelash, she nailed that Q&A portion.


This is how my niece answered the question - "God has given us the talent for us to use for the greater good. And that is what I am doing today. I'm a performing artist from Uyat Artista whose mission is to promote and uplift the culture, the language and the values of the Kapampangans. And in my simple way I believed that I have helped many people through this. That is all , thank you."

My niece got the title and
brought home the crown..!

I was totally glad to see how confident my niece was during the entire show. She was oozing with grace and confidence all throughtout the show especially during the Q&A segment. She captured the heart of the judges and the whole crowd. 

This is all I can say ... A beauty pageant candidate cannot just be beautiful by looks, moreover she must be smart and intelligent enough and knows how to speak with an objective.

Congratulations, Miss SAS & SED 2016 
Jade Maris Orona...!

Friday, September 9, 2016

On Being Featured on the Sunday Spreadsheet

Being featured in a newspaper is so fascinating. I recently attended a writer’s workshop. I came in a little late and knew from the start that I wont be able to sit since the event was jam packed. However, I found an empty seat at the middle. I wondered why no one occupied it. Possibly the people inside didn’t want to get much attention because getting in that seat will require you to walk right in the center of the venue. Nevertheless, since the talk will take an hour and I didn’t want to stand that long, I decided to take that seat and didn’t mind at all even if all eyes will be on me.

As I approach it. I asked the lady seated on the next chair if it was already taken. She said it wasn’t and I can just sit next beside her. The talk was very interesting and I even managed to discuss a few thoughts with her. The lady who sat next to me was so pretty and looked so familiar. Right after the talk, we said goodbye to one another and I just realized that it was Rica Peralejo I was seated next to.

*Rica Peralejo is a Filipina actress, singer, and television host and a member of ABS-CBN's circle of homegrown talents collectively known as Star Magic.

A week after I was told my office mate that he saw me featured in a local newspaper. He cut the article and gave it to me. It felt good getting featured. Funny, it made me want to look at the article more than once.