|(left to right), Mary Jennifer Dimbla, 23, Katherine Dominique Lagrimas, 22, and Maria Benjieleen Nama, 18, are Casino Filipino Hyatt's bets in the nationwide search for Miss Casino Filipino 2011. The pageant’s Coronation Night is set on September 3, 2011 at the PAGCOR Grand Theater in Airport Casino Filipino, Paranaque City.
Twenty-two year old Katherine Dominique Lagrimas is not a newbie when it comes to joining beauty pageants. The reigning Ms. Bicolandia flew all the way from her home province to try her luck at the qualifying rounds of Miss Casino Filipino Hyatt branch last August 19 to promote her advocacy of giving hope to disabled and homeless children.
“I joined Miss Casino Filipino because the pageant’s winner will be given a chance to help her chosen charity. I don’t think other pageants will be able to do that,” said Lagrimas, who was picked as one of the three representatives of Casino Filipino Hyatt to the nationwide beauty search.
Lagrimas was a finalist in the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 and a holder of several beauty titles like Miss Ibalong 2008 and Miss Camarines Sur 2009. The cum laude graduate of Communication Arts said that if ever she wins the pageant, she hopes to help “Gift of Love,” a charity institution in Naga City that provides shelter for disabled and homeless children.
“I want to help the Gift of Love Charity in putting up a library for the children. I think my fellow Bicolanos will be very proud and happy if we will be able to help them. For me, we all need to be of service to others always,” she added.
Apart from Lagrimas, 23-year-old Mary Jennifer Dimbla from Bulacan and 18-year-old Maria Benjieleen Nama of Laguna will also represent Casino Filipino Hyatt to the pageant.
Dimbla, a Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate from Bulacan, was also inspired to join the Miss Casino Filipino 2011 search because of her advocacy. “I want to help the less fortunate children in my hometown.”
The part-time model, who was also a finalist in Bulacan’s Best Model, is an avid supporter of various socio-civic and charitable activities like feeding programs. “Being a volunteer in charitable projects in Bulacan inspired me to consider feeding programs for malnourished children as my advocacy. I want to see healthier and happier kids in my hometown, and I believe this can be attainable through PAGCOR’s assistance,” Dimbla shared.
On the other hand, Maria Benjieleen Nama - who bagged the Best in Evening Gown and Swimsuit awards - hopes to enlighten the children specially those who belong to poor families about the importance of education. “I do not belong to a wealthy family but I am proud that even if my parents did not finish their elementary education, they raised us well and taught us to share our knowledge especially to those who are needy,” the third year Psychology student said.
“Together with my family, I have been spending time teaching kids in my own little way since high school. I believe PAGCOR will greatly help me in my pursuit of this advocacy,” Nama shared.
Meantime, General Manager Andres Lizares of Casino Filipino Hyatt, who was one of the pre-pageant jurors, said he is “happy and proud of the selection of candidates that will represent Casino Filipino Hyatt in the Grand Finals. I think we have a big chance of winning. I wish them all luck.”