Built on Hope and Love: Miss Possibilities Continues to Provide Endless Possibilities
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, May 10, 2019 1:50pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
According to the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, one in 800 babies per year is born with down syndrome—a genetic disorder associated with delayed growth, intellectual disability, and distinct facial features. These differently-abled children deserve the best special attention and inclusion in society. This is what Miss Possibilities Foundation is all about—creating social awareness, not only for those with down syndrome but for everyone with special needs.
Miss Possibilities was founded by Suzanna Yuzon, a mom of a child with down syndrome. It started five years ago when she saw a poster of a pageant for girls with special needs in a mall overseas and thought of doing the same event in the Philippines. Miss Possibilities became the first pageant of its kind in the Philippines and Asia. This pageant expressed the message anything is possible for girls with special needs. Just like any beauty competition, it has a fashion show, talent exhibition, and a question and answer portion. Every girl who joins will win a crown, but only one can obtain the Miss Possibilities title. Since then, Miss Possibilities became an organization and it created a community of parents and volunteers who aim for inclusivity in society to embrace everyone wholeheartedly despite the differences.
The pageant is open for girls 12 years old and above. A year after, Miss Possibilities created a fashion show to include boys and it is open for differently-abled individuals of five years old and above. Apart from the pageant and fashion show, they also do medical missions for those who can’t afford the right medical attention for kids with special needs—it includes free therapies (like speech), dental checkup, and eye exams.
All of these activities are for the well-being of people with special conditions—down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy to mention a few. Miss Possibilities wanted to create attention, create awareness about their condition, and to promote inclusion for these individuals through pageants, fashion shows, and other activities. The organization wanted to provide them with the same and equal opportunities with others as much as possible.
Miss Possibilities also collaborated this year with X Factor’s United Vibe, an international boy group from the United Kingdom. United Vibe wants to promote their music in the Philippines and also perform for a cause. So, Miss Possibilities created a mini-concert of hope and love in Kureji’s Malakas Branch in Quezon City for the kids of Heart at Play Foundation—a partner organization for kids with special needs. The group brought an afternoon full of energy and happiness to the children.
Through Miss Possibilities, the members and volunteers learned there are a lot of people who would like to help special individuals. The foundation continues to steadily grow mostly composed of volunteer members. So they welcome any kind of donations, whether in cash or in kind, or anyone who would like to volunteer—moms, dads, even single people who have the heart to help differently-abled kids and individuals.
Suzanna said as parents raise their kids, they learn so much from them. These kids add so the value to their lives—letting them be better people and know the importance of life. Through the challenges parents encounter with their kids every day, their children show them love and what’s important in life. And for a mom of a kid with special needs, Suzanna wants to share that to the world.
Get involved with their passion for people with special needs! You can reach Miss Possibilities at 09177150494 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their Facebook page or Instagram account.