So, you think Miss Universe fever is over? Not quite so, as a number of our favorite candidates who participated in the 65th Miss Universe pageant held here in Manila just a few months back returned.
Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach led the returning Miss Universe candidates Noelia Freire (Spain), Jamie-Lee Faulkner (Great Britain), Kezia Warouw (Indonesia), Kiran Jassal (Malaysia), Camila Barraza (Kosovo), Rebecca Rath (Belize), and Dang Thi Le Hang (Vietnam) at a charity event for children last weekend in Binondo, Manila and in all other events and functions.
More specifically, the Miss Universe beauties, through the Miss Universe Organization, in partnership with San Miguel Corporation and the San Miguel Foundation, be will be awarding scholarships to children under the care of non-profit organization Hope for Change Philippines.
One hundred elementary, high school and college beneficiaries got to meet the beauty queens and interact with them through several activities, including local games like piko, tumbang preso, sipa and pabitin.
The highlight of the SMC-sponsored event was San Miguel Foundation’s formal grant of a scholarships to cover Grade One to Senior High School beneficiaries of Hope for Change, who come from Smokey Mountain.
The San Miguel Foundation, which celebrates its 45th anniversary, has advocated education for the youth and has spent close to P200 million alone for education-related projects. These include the construction of classrooms in poor communities and providing scholarships.
“The Miss Universe Organization is well-known for its annual pageant but it also has a strong foundation for giving back. The contestants and titleholders are provided a platform and they work closely with various organizations to address critical issues affecting people not only in their home countries but all over the world,” said SMC president Ramon S. Ang.
“We are proud to work together and we’re honored to welcome back the contestants,” he added.
Meanwhile, SMC subsidiaries Petron Corporation, San Miguel Brewery Inc. and Ginebra San Miguel Inc. will help celebrate the return of the Miss Universe candidates through a series of product engagements that will align with values of diversity and empowerment.