|(from left) Mary Claire Dodo, Vanessa Ruth Chan and Janelle Tee strike a pose after being declared winners of Miss Casino Filipino Davao qualifying leg. The three bested nine other candidates from Davao and other provinces like Agusan Del Sur and Surigao. They will also compete with other 27 finalists in the September 3 Coronation Night of Miss Casino Filipino 2011 to be held at the PAGCOR Grand Theater of Airport Casino Filipino in Parañaque City.
THREE Davaoeñas proved that apart from beauty, it is their heart for service that led the judges to unanimously pick them as representatives of Casino Filipino-Davao for the Miss Casino Filipino 2011 pageant.
Janelle Tee, Vanessa Ruth Chan and Mary Claire Dodo, all natives of Davao City, bested nine other candidates who hailed from the different provinces in Mindanao such as Surigao and Agusan Del Sur.
Having implemented an advocacy to transform biodegradable wastes into organic fertilizers during her reign as Mutya ng Davao 2010, 20-year old Janelle Tee desires to bring her noble cause to a bigger scale. “This advocacy was implemented in Davao City and I also hope that other people would emulate what I did. This is the prime reason why I joined Miss Casino Filipino” Tee said.
Like Tee, Mary Claire Dodo also believes that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)’s Miss Casino Filipino pageant could help promote her advocacy on solid waste management. “Proper solid waste management can help save the environment and mitigate the impact of climate change that causes global warming,” she said.
Dodo recalled the fatality and damages brought about by heavy flooding in Davao in June this year. “We have never experienced such severe flooding before. But due to improper waste disposal, our waterways were clogged,” Dodo shared.
“Part of my advocacy includes the ‘Bayong ni Juan’. With the help of PAGCOR, I would like to provide bayongs (native shopping bags) to every household in the community we will visit,” Dodo added. Plastics, she pointed out, are non-biodegradable and once burned could emit methane, a substance that causes global warming.
Registered nurse Vanessa Ruth Chan, meanwhile, desires to enhance the health of women, children and families through prevention and education to reduce mortality and morbidity. As a nurse, Chan sees the situation of the less fortunate who do not have access to quality health care. “I see some parents who can’t even buy paracetamol. It is really heartbreaking. I really want to help these people and the children most especially,” she shared.
Chan started her advocacy when she won 1st runner-up in Diwa ng Davao 2009. She hopes to continue helping the children and their families if given the chance to win the Miss Casino Filipino title. “PAGCOR could really help me in providing quality health care to these people.”
Casino Filipino Davao is the sole PAGCOR branch that adopted playsuit in lieu of the swimsuit category due to the “Women Development Code” enforced in Davao City.
Pidot Villocino, Planning and Development Officer of Integrated Gender and Development Division of the City Mayor’s Office, said the ordinance bans wearing of swimsuit in any beauty contest held in Davao City. “We want to raise our respect to women and encourage them to strengthen their special skills, knowledge and intelligence,” he stressed.
Villocino also shared his excitement for the three Davaoeñas who will represent Davao in the Miss Casino Filipino grand finals. “I would love them to show that they are really from Mindanao. We are also hopeful that they could implement their advocacies. It could show their ability…na hindi lang sila pang-rampa, kundi mayroon din silang puso at isip para doon sa advocacy nila,” he added.
PAGCOR’s Miss Casino Filipino 2011 nationwide search is a way of paying tribute to the modern Filipina by encouraging and rewarding her talent, intelligence and community involvement. The beauty search is distinct from other pageants since it requires contestants to submit a social cause which PAGCOR will support in case they win the title.
Miss Casino Filipino grand winners will take home P300,000 in cash and get the chance to choose a charitable institution which will benefit from PAGCOR’s in-kind donation. Runners-up will receive P200,000 (first runner-up), P100,000 (second runner-up), P75,000 (third runner-up) and P50,000 (fourth runner-up). Winners will also get the chance to be part of Casino Filipino shows and events.