CASILLERAS CHARITY ORGANISATION UK (CCOUK) hosted the most awaited event, the 2nd Annual Search for Reyna Elena 2018, in celebration of the Filipino tradition – Flores De Mayo last 2nd June 2018 and was held at St. Augustine’s CE High School, Oxford Road, Kilburn, NW6 5SN.
The fundraising stage event, a part beauty pageant and a part religious-historical exercise commemorates the religious and socio-cultural significance of this celebration that makes the Filipino culture alive and exciting even though we are far away from home. Filipinos strongly value Catholicism as the Philippines’ predominant religion and its rich culture. Bringing the Filipino tradition closer to the foreign nationals. Essentially, to support Casilleras objectives and to continue to adhere with every needs of its beneficiaries.
The event began with procession led by the Priest for the Church of England, Filipino Chaplain of the Diocese of London – Father Larry Galon joined by the flower girls and their consorts, Philippine Embassy London Consul General Senen Mangalile, Judges & Adjudicators, Casilleras Members, Committees and Founders, the reigning Reyna Elena 2017 and the runner-ups, lastly the Reyna Elena 2018 candidates.
A very solemn and holistic invocation by Father Larry has blessed the event for the peaceful flow and fair judgement.
The Casilleras Chairman/Founder and the philanthropist himself Mr. Enly Gagan formally welcomed everyone and shared the purpose of the event and its advocacy. Philippine Embassy London Consul General Senen Mangalile delivered an inspirational talk. Lastly, Kacey Coleen Lim, imparted her interpretation about the celebration of Santacruzan highlighted with the Search for Reyna Elena 2018.
Just like in any other celebration, singing and dancing are always part of the program. The program was participated and energized by the performers & talents. They were the Casilleras Dancers, Kate Caballes, Cyrel Ros Ras, Queenie Tudtud, David Ferrer, Jun Degamon & Vicky Fabilo.
Food was a-plenty for everyone at the event. They were prepared by the Casilleras food committees and others who have helped them. It was indeed a big feast day for everyone especially the other nationalities who got to taste the native delicacies done in the traditional way we do back home in the Philippines.
Candidates for the search were judged through their beauty, elegance, artistry, creativity, intelligence, personality, ingenuity, workmanship & poise. It is of critical importance that the judging be and should be perceived as fair and impartial.
The newly proclaimed winners were:
1) Ms. Lizel Lugto – Reyna Elena 2018
2) Ms. Geraldine Anico – Reyna de las Flores -1st Runner-Up & Ms. Charity 2018
3) Ms. Paulina Alejo – Reyna de las Virgenes – 2nd Runner-Up & Best in Gown
4) Ms. Janice Suarez – Reyna del Cielo – 3rd Runner-Up
5) Ms. Lourdes Dizor – Reyna de las Propetas – 4th Runner-Up & Ms. Photogenic
6) Ms. Annabelle Bronoso – Reyna Paz – 5th Runner-Up & Best Arch
The event was a festivity which all of us look forward to every year. It has been part of our culture and has already been rooted in our hearts. While we maintain our Filipino culture and heritage wherever we are, we should not also forget most importantly the essence of this festivity. We celebrate Flores de Mayo because we would like to recognize the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our Catholic faith and so we simply wanted to show our gratefulness and honor her and this should be the center of the celebration. We hope that this culture and faith shall be passed on to our younger generation and shall continue to thrive and prosper for a long time.
Special thanks to the following:
SPONSORS / DONORS
3N Star Saladmaster, Skywings Travel & Tours , Ogie & Bessie Villedo, Madelyn Richardson – Mabuhay Foundation, Marlyn & Bernie Dontongan – Coco’s Lounge, Karen & Chris Ponce Blas – Bees & Butterflies, Lulu Guiness, Junart Kim Nieva, Anico Finance
THE HONORABLE BOARD OF JUDGES & ADJUDICATORS
Ms. Rosemel Perez; Ms. Terry Santos – TBS, Rey Abesamis – One Philippines, Kolia Solicitors, Jose Carillo Jr – Jireh Cargo, Julie Santos, Carla Davies, Imee Pinto, Lilia Miller, Lane Torres & Bernadette Lagrimas
Finally, deepest appreciation to all the candidates who participated in the event, committees and staff of Casilleras, guest speakers, performers and to everyone who unconditionally supported us. Trust that next year. we will have another enchanting event and festive beauty, intelligence, talent, and persona.