During the two months between signup and competition night, I attended rehearsals and talked to candidates; we discussed how they balance family life, demanding careers, and the peculiar world of mothers’ pageantry. They all confessed that motherhood is not the end of being beautiful, but in fact a beginning of a new era of beautiful that is only experienced when starting a family of your own. pageantry raised personal spirit and boost their confidence and morale. It also helps them find their own identity as a middle aged woman. Each candidate agreed that pageantry raised personal spirit and boosted their confidence and morale, also helping them to find their own identity as a middle aged woman.
The much awaited night finally came, Mrs Philippines UK 2019, which took place on the 14th of September at Holiday Inn, Kensington. The hotel was full of lovely gowns, costumes and accessories. The candidates were busy being beautified by their personal make-up artists and everyone was full of excitement. At about 5.30 the hotel was buzzing with smartly dressed gentlemen and elegantly dressed women. Reception was ably handled, with long queues of family, friends, sponsors, judges and guests.
The pageant began with the Philippine and British National anthem. Julius Maristella and Carol Panday were our emcees for the evening, welcoming our guests with enthusiasm. Estella Gomez (AK UK Secretary) led the short opening prayer. This was followed by a welcome from Joey Baluyut (AK UK President) who introduced our guest speaker, Deputy Chief of Mission, Frank Cimafranca from the Philippine Embassy London who gave an inspirational speech. The pageant started with an opening dance presentation by the candidates, choreographed by Ronal Celabrados. The audience were also entertained with songs from our talented Filipino singers: Susan Lovejoy, Aldrin Daqui and Jennifer Juanitiz, the winner of Mrs Philippines UK 2016. The famous couple Imelda and Jerry San Agustin accompanied by dance group D’Mommas and The Groovers, showcased trendy dances, that made everyone wild with excitement.
The next part was the presentation of the candidates in their casual wear, and evening wear and Filipiniana. The ladies came out elegantly dressed. Their choice of colours and style were mesmerising and beautiful, shiny jewelleries and unmatched attention to detail. The interview followed, giving our candidates the opportunity for outspoken advocacy, sharing valuable ideas and opinions. The judges undoubtedly had a tough job scoring the stars of the night.
While waiting for the adjudicators, candidates, the MCs acknowledged and thanked the sponsors and donors, officers, members, and everyone involved, whom without the event would not have been an amazing success.
Months of preparation, countless emails, texts, 24/7 phone calls, meetings and rehearsals finally paid off as the event drew to a close, with happy faces of guests and candidates.
Thank you to all of our friends and those who attended, we appreciate your support and dedication which has enabled AGUMAN KAPAMPANGAN UK to continue working for the common good through fundraising events such as Mrs Philippines UK. Through these we are able to transform the lives of our beneficiaries in the Philippines for the better. Furthermore, our events allow us to bring the wider community together here in the United Kingdom and we are very thankful to continue sharing our journey with you.
Congratulations to everyone!