Miss World PH Hopefuls Share Concerns We Should Have More Conversations of
by Jace Amodo, September 10, 2019 10:35am
Art by Dani Elevazo
Our definition of "beauty" has evolved throughout the years. In the Philippines, it's not just about how one embraces the #KutisPinas. Beauty is found from within, which is reflected through our very actions. And because we're a pageant-loving country, Filipinas paved a way to share their advocacies through pageants—Miss World Philippines among them.
This pageantry doesn't need to put up the traditional front of judging based on appearance. In fact, their motto is "Beauty with a Purpose." From anti-bullying to women empowerment to mental health awareness, the list of advocacy from this batch deserves everyone's attention. Here’s a few among them:
"I am working with the city of Mandaluyong and our target is on the issue of teenage pregnancy. We have counseling and case management seminars working with our barangay and health centers because we want these teen moms to come back to reality after giving birth. Based on my experiences with my close friends, I know how hard it is to carry a child for nine months. How do I go back to society? How do I face people? That's what we're targeting: the solution to what happens after teenage pregnancy."
- Casie Banks (#37) from Mandaluyong City
"I've done a lot of research on how we can improve the system because I got it [alopecia] a year ago and I didn't know how to deal with it. Looking online, there wasn't much, especially in the Philippines. Imagine how cancer was 45 years ago; it wasn't all over the news. People weren't open about it. That's where auto-immune diseases are right now, and I want to work with everyone that has an auto-immune disease. To get people to [become more aware of] it, just like [how] cancer is.
- Kelley Day (#24) from Tarlac City
"Joining pageants is really the best platform for us to share our advocacy, and for me, that is animal welfare development. I really want to strengthen the Animal Welfare Act here in the Philippines and I really do hope that we make it to higher authorities that they can help us."
- Kayesha Chua (#11) from Albay
"My advocacy is mental illness and autism awareness. I've had to live with that my whole life. I know so many people around this world suffer from instances like this. With that dedication to do good, I believe that I can really help serve the motto of Miss World, which is "Beauty with a Purpose."
- Michelle Dee (#21) from Makati City
I started The C.O.R.E. last year, which was a very down moment of my life. The C.O.R.E. stands for 'Creative Orientation Relation to Education,' which takes care of the youth who were abused by rape and drugs. I believe this kind of platform [Miss World] can really help me to raise the flag and awareness for those children and for those youths. Because as we all believe, the youths are the key to success. And we have to really help them and focus on them because somehow, their voices cannot be heard."
- Anne Legaspi (#34) from Ilocos Sur
"I've been working with a foundation called the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care or KASUSO, and I work closely with breast cancer patients. I'm a strong advocate for breast cancer because my mother was diagnosed and I realized how important and how much influence we have as beauty queens. For me, that is something beautiful and powerful.
- Glyssa Leiann Perez (#4) from Bohol
These are only six out of forty equally important advocacy from beautiful and empowering Filipinas. Whatever the purpose these aspirants make or the values they uphold, our takeaway is that these FIlipinas found each other with one goal: to inspire and be the voice of causes the world should be more concerned about.