Grandmas ready for ‘Gandang Lola’ pageant

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TAGAYTAY CITY: Filipino are fond of beauty contests, and it should not come as a surprise that one will be held soon for grandmothers. Yes, grandmothers.

“We would like the senior citizens to feel that they are still an integral part of the community, where they can showcase their talents and show off to the people they are still up and about,” said Archie Ilagan, the over-all chairman of “Pasayahan sa Lucena 2015” during the press conference on Saturday at the Event Center of SM City-Lucena.

At the press conference, 15 senior ladies 60 years old and above were presented as candidates for the “Gandang Lola” beauty pageant, one of the highlights of the “Pasayahan sa Lucena,” a local Mardi Gras celebrated every May 23-28.

For this year, the oldest candidate is 77 years old and the youngest is 63 years, who all came from different barangays of this city. Ilagan said their talents included singing, dancing and play-acting.


The candidates who were widows also gamely answered the question: “Are you ready for lovelife, in case you found for instance, a widower who will be attracted to you?”

Estefania Mendiola, a 66-year-old widow, quipped “Reading ready po ako, Para maipakita sa madlang people na may asim pa po kami [I am very much ready, to also show to the public that we are still desirable],” to the applause of the journalists gathered at the event.

Mendiola admitted she has a 46-year-old boyfriend.

Ilagan expressed delight that grandmothers taking part in the pageant can still perform on stage with spring in their steps despite their advanced age.

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