TWO NEW RP BEAUTY CONTESTS COMING UP
Quezon City, April 3, 2001 - (STAR, FUNFARE by Ricardo F. Lo) To be formally launched at a presscon today is the new international beauty pageant called Miss Earth, with the local search (Miss Philipines) along with it. The Miss Philippines contest promises to be the "only truly nationwide" beauty search, the winner of which will compete with, as of last count, 50 other worthies from the same number of countries. Miss Philippines 2001 will be crowned on April 28 (TV coverage is by RPN 9) and Miss Earth 2001 on Nov. 17 later this year.
The Carousel Productions, which ran the Mutya ng Pilipinas search and the Miss Asia-Pacific Quest from 1992 to 2000, is behind the twin contests. Carousel is headed by Ramon Monzon (president), with his wife, Lorraine Schuck (herself a Mutya titleholder in 1979), as vice-president. Other officers are Joji Felix Velarde (also vice-president), 1977 Mutya-World Peachy Veneracion (project coordinator), Sofia Velasco (events manager), 1999 Mutya and Queen of the Year Raquel Uy (Peachy’s assistant), 1998 Mutya Rochelle Ong (Sofia’s assistant) and 1999 Mutya Ritchie Ocampo (Lorraine’s assistant).
Lorraine and company decided to put up the Miss Philippines and Miss Earth pageants after the Mutya and Miss Asia-Pacific Quest franchise was awarded to GMA 7 which will start conducting the twin searches this year. Carousel’s contract with Mutya-MAPQ wasn’t renewed.
Like Manny Villar, Lorraine Schuck also has showbiz "roots," having ventured into acting after her reign. Lorraine starred in several movies, including Kapag Lumaban ang Api (with FPJ), Anak ni Zuma (with Max Laurel), Titser’s Enemy No. 1 and Carlo J. Caparas’ hilarious comedy Andres de Saya (with Vic Vargas and Gloria Diaz). She was also in the TV shows Victoria Hills, Anna Luna, Chicks to Chicks and Chika Chika Chicks.
Lorraine and company were inspired to put up an environment-friendly beauty pageant by a letter to Carousel from "A Concerned Filipino" who suggested that beauty contests (then Mutya and MAPQ, as handled by Carousel) be converted into cause-oriented projects with "environmental consciousness to save Planet Earth."
Loads of prizes await winners in both contests: P250,000 in cash and other prizes for Miss Philippines; and $20,000 in cash and other prizes for Miss Earth.
(Those interested in the twin contests may contact Carousel at 633-15-75, 633-15-80 or 633-15-81.)
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