|(from left) PAMPAGUEÑA beauties Cherry Joy Demate, Regine May Canlas and Carmela Therese Ignacio bested nine other lovely ladies for the right to represent Casino Filipino Angeles in the Miss Casino Filipino grand finals slated on September 3 at the PAGCOR Grand Theater in Parañaque City.
DISPLAYING remarkable poise under pressure, three lovely young ladies proudly carried the brunt for the province of Pampanga as they ruled the qualifying round of Miss Casino Filipino 2011 pageant recently at Casino Filipino Angeles in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Earning the right to represent CF-Angeles in the grand finals to be held on September 3 at the PAGCOR Grand Theater in Paranaque City were Regine May Canlas, Cherry Joy Demate and Carmela Therese Ignacio.
Particularly exceptional was the 21-year-old Canlas, who won both the Best in Swimsuit and Best in Talent awards. The charming lass from Porac town also commanded attention when she replied in the vernacular during the dreaded question and answer portion.
“Kinabahan talaga ako all throughout my stint on stage, pero mabuti nalang po at napanatili ko ang poise ko at na-overcome ang nerbiyos,” admitted the “Darling of Mimosa 2010” and “Miss Porac 2009” titlist, whose advocacy centers on helping the less fortunate and reaching out to those who are in need.
“I joined Miss Casino Filipino knowing very well that should I win, makakatuwang ko ang PAGCOR sa pagsusulong ng aking adhikaing makatulong at mabago ang buhay ng marami nating kapuspalad na kababayan,” Canlas said. She particularly hopes to be at the forefront of efforts to initiate various livelihood programs that will benefit the poor sectors of the society.
The 18-year-old Demate, an AB English student from Magalang town, meanwhile, was stunning in her elegant dress that she emerged as the hands-down winner in the Best in Evening Gown competition. She was formerly crowned “Mutya Ning Magalang 2010-Tourism” and was fourth runner-up in the search for Bb. Mimosa in 2009.
Demate has always been active in environmental preservation, and foremost among her advocacies is the conservation of Mount Arayat, which she noted has to be protected from illegal logging and other unlawful acts. “Masyado nang nasisira ang natural na ganda ng Bundok ng Arayat at nakakalbo ang kagubatan dahil sa walang habas na pamumutol ng mga puno at pagkakaingin kaya’t kailangan nating paigtingin ang pangangalaga nito.”
Ignacio, a 5-5 stunner from Mexico town, on the other hand, bats for the promotion of health services and establishment of adequate educational facilities in their community.
“Marami po kasing hindi makapagpagamot nang maayos sa lugar namin dahil sa kahirapan kaya’t pangarap ko pong maging instrumento para maisulong ang libreng serbisyong pangkalusugan doon. Gusto ko rin pong makatulong sa pagtatatag ng karagdagang mga silid-aralan sa aming lugar para mas maraming kabataan ang makapag-aral nang libre,” Ignacio explained.
The three qualifiers from Angeles City bested nine other hopefuls who came from as far as the provinces of Pangasinan and Nueva Ecija to try their luck in the event that will give the grand winner the chance to represent the Philippines in a prestigious international beauty pageant in Germany.
The search for Miss Casino Filipino 2011 offers P300,000 in cash for the grand winner; P200,000 for the first runner-up; P100,000 for the second runner-up, P75,000 for the third runner-up and P50,000 for the fourth runner-up. Winners will have the opportunity to be part of Casino Filipino shows and events. They will also have the chance to choose a charitable institution which will benefit from PAGCOR’s in-kind donation.