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Queen of Asia Pacific pageant joins Beverly Hills’ biggest 2016 event

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From Left to Right: Princess of Pacific Elizabeth Crom, Queen Asia of Pacific Dione Janice Fusch and Princess of Asia Helena Marte. Photo © Richard Dizon

THE Queen of Asia Pacific (QAP) beauty pageant is preparing to step out into a bigger stage, both literally and figuratively, as it forms part of a big event that will take place in Beverly Hills in October this year.

The said event, being hyped as an “epic” Beverly Hills occasion, will include a parade of celebrities, a gathering of international chefs, a world premiere of a documentary series titled “Peace for Profit,” a film and arts awards ceremony and the coronation of the Queen of Asia Pacific.

QAP Executive Producer Lissa Pacheco Chow, during a press conference at the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, expressed her elation over the developments and thanked the key people behind the Arts for Peace and the Global Green USA, an environmental organization, for their support.

This year’s Queen of Asia Pacific pageant, Chow said in a phone interview later on, is expected to be more exciting than last year because its inclusion in the Beverly Hills event. She added that Saban Theatre is a much bigger venue than where the pageant was held in downtown Los Angeles last year.

Chow said they target to entice at least 50 pageant hopefuls.

Queen of Asia Pacific is Filipino-led beauty pageant.

Also participating in the event are the International Arts Association and Beverly Hills Academy of the Arts.

The proposed “Star Paradeis being worked out to happen at about 9:30 a.m. on October 16. The organizers are planning to start the parade of celebrities in front of the Beverly Hills City Hall and to end at the Saban Theatre at 8440 Wilshire Blvd., still in Beverly Hills.

A brunch prepared by a group of international chefs will follow and the world premiere of a documentary titled “Peace for Profit.”

The film was produced by Hollywood celebrity Leith Eaton and tackled the issue of “prosperity that is being wasted in areas of the world where conflict and hatred prevail.”

The International Arts Association would host the evening with the Red Carpet walk beginning at 5:00 p.m., to be followed by cocktail reception. The Beverly Hills Arts Gala, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. will cap the night.

During the press conference, Queen of Asia Pacific President Jun Caringal explained to the guests and media that the beauty pageant was “a platform for cultural exchanges that parallels the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation” organized by the United States some years back.

APEC became a venue for economic interaction and trade promotions among its 21-member countries.

The celebrities that were seen during the press conference were Bollywood Actor Gulshan Grover and Bollywood singer Asha, TV personality and producer Dante Sears II, singer Rebecca Holden, Grammy Winner David Longoria, Robert Sun of the American-Chinese CEO Society, pop artist Alston, Arts for Peace founder Munni Irone and rock artist Steve Cooke.

The 2016 Queen of Asia Pacific Dione Janique Fusch, as well as Princess of the Pacific Elizabeth Crom and runner-up Princess of the South Seas Helena Marte were also presented during the event.

Putting a lot of energy into the success of the undertaking is the Global Green USA, an organization dedicated to helping people through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Its signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities — such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey — that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation.

Global Green USA is the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future.

Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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