A very impressive batch of candidates was presented to TV and print media on Wednesday for the 2016 Miss Manila coronation night, which will cap the daylong festivities of Araw ng Maynila on June 24.
Attended by city mayor and former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada at the Diamond Hotel, the pre-pageant event allowed the bevy of beauties to introduce themselves in more detail, pleasantly revealing many achievers among them. There are current university scholars, fresh graduates of varied courses such as Dentistry, Business Management and Education, as well as a former Sanggunian Kabataan member, a flight attendant, commercial models, and teachers.
Noting the impressive qualifications of Miss Manila’s candidates this year, Jackie Ejercito, Estrada’s daughter who is also pageant director and chairman of the pageant’s beneficiary MARE Foundation, confirmed with The Manila Times that they have indeed raised the bar in selecting applicants to the beauty contest.
“The City of Manila requires more than just a beauty queen as ambassador,” she explained. “Miss Manila 2016 is expected to be actively involved in various projects of the capital as well as the charitable programs of MARE Foundation in indigent communities, and her ideas in improving the city in all aspects will definitely be heard.”
On its third consecutive year under the Estrada administration, the decades’ old pageant is looking to crown “a woman of exquisiteness and empowerment, while personifying social awareness to embody a true Manileña with grace passion and optimism.”
To help the 33 young aspirants, the City of Manila has sought the expertise of beauty queen maker Jonas Gaffud, who trained the likes of reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Young (Miss World 2013), Ariella Arida (Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-up), Janine Tugonon (Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up), Shamcey Supsup (Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-up) and Venus Raj (Miss Universe 2010 – 4th Runner-up), among others.
Incentive-wise, besides winning a beauty pageant title, the winner on Friday night will receive P500,000 in cash, and a contract with Vic del Rosario’s Viva multimedia company (a co-presenter of Miss Manila for the second consecutive year), while attending to her varied responsibilities for the city.
The grand coronation night will be held at the PICC with a delayed telecast on TV5. Edu Manzano and KC Concepcion will serve as pageant hosts.