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Search is on for Mrs. and Miss FACLA; Miss Teen and Ms. Cosmos; and the Miss Philippines America

By Abner Galino

Photo © Tony Garcia

Beauty pageants are the Superbowl of the Filipinos.

In 2015, Pia Wurtzbach got a hero’s welcome when she brought back the Miss Universe crown. Ayala Avenue, the main road of the Philippines’s business capital, was closed off in the middle of weekday and thousands of people gathered – carrying signs, waving flags and tearing up as they greeted Miss Universe Pia.

The love for beauty queens and the enthusiasms for the competitions that produced them are just as intense among Filipino Americans in California’s southland (the heart of which is in Los Angeles).

At the moment, around a dozen beauty contests have announced their respective searches for candidates.

Here are some of the beauty pageants that were hit by our radar:

Mrs. and Miss Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) 2018

After a three-year hiatus, the Mrs. and Miss FACLA competitions are back.

The search for Mrs. and Miss FACLA is part of an elaborate preparation for the 73rd anniversary of FACLA, the organization that operates the Filipino Cultural Center (FCC) at 1740 Temple St., Los Angeles.

Applications for the pageants are now being received at the FCC and will last until April 20, 2018. The winners of the beauty search will be crowned on the FCC/FACLA 73rd anniversary on April 28, 2018.

Requirements are as follow:

For Miss FACLA 2018
1. Must me a member of FACLA/FCC.
2. Must be around 18 to 28 years of age.
3. Must be of good moral character.
4. Must be of at least 25% Filipino descent
4. Must be ready to represent FACLA after the crowning in major events.
5. Must pay an application fee of $100

For Mrs. FACLA 2018
1. Must be a member of FACLA
2. Must be around 30 years old and above.
3. Must be of good moral character
4. Must be ready to represent FACLA
5. Must pay a candidacy fee of $100

Candidates and/or other interested parties may contact pageant director Bernie Targa-Ganon at (323-683-6477 or (213) 263-2373 for applications and questions.

Miss Cosmos California

Last Sunday at the Little Tokyo Mall in downtown Los Angeles, ten young beautiful ladies opened up the first ever search for Miss Cosmos California.

Rein Hanson, the pageant’s producer said the competition is not exclusive to Filipino Americans but open to all teenagers and ladies from all races.

Aside from the certainty of learning a lot of things from the competition (particularly in the field modeling and entertainment), candidates are also guaranteed of a once-in-lifetime experience of interacting with beauty title holders, fashion designers, pageant coaches, entertainers and members of the local media.

And who knows what other opportunities our pageants can open up for these young women,” Hanson said.

Coronation night will be April 8, 2018 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts at 15498 Espola Road, Poway, California 92064.

Inquiries can be coursed through Rein Hanson at (760) 687-6968 and rsjproductions@gmail.com

Miss Philippines America

Still in Los Angeles, another organization announced its search for Continental Miss Philippines America, Continental Miss Teen America, Continental Miss America Petite, Continental Mrs. Philippines America and Continental Mr. Philippines America during a recent cocktail reception at the Out of Asia, an antique shop at La Brea Avenue.

Noted fashion designer Jao Verdeflor is producing the said competitions.

Lani Sapphire, who hosted the program, said the competitions are open only to natural born females and males of Filipino ancestry, of good moral character and have not committed any crime.

For Miss Philippines America, Miss Teen America and Miss Philippines America Petite; the candidates must be 13 to 17 years for Miss Teen) of age, and 18-25 years old for Miss America and Miss America Petite.

Candidates must 16- to 25 years old to be able to participate in the Mr. Philippines America.

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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