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Search for “Miss Manila 2023” is on

Miss Manila 2023
Mayor Honey Lacuna (middle) with (from left) tourism chief Charlie Dungo, Vice Mayor Yul Servo and Kreativden representatives Dorothy Laxamana and CEO Zenaida Katerine Valenzuela at the signing of a MOA relaunching the 'Miss Manila 2023.' (JERRY S. TAN)

A MISS Manila must have the ‘WOW’ factor.

Thus said Mayor Honey Lacuna, as she led the relaunching of the Miss Manila held at the Manila City Hall yesterday morning.

The event, which was also attended by Vice Mayor Yul Servo and Manila tourism head Charlie Dungo, was highlighted by the signing of a memorandum of agreement for Miss Manila 2023 between the City of Manila and Kreativden represented by its CEO Zenaida Katerine Valenzuela and Dorothy Laxamana.

The mayor gave a brief backgrounder regarding the event which she said started in 1998 during time of Mayor Alfredo Lim, stopping during the pandemic and now relaunched by the city government.

In her short message, Lacuna said that a Miss Manila must have the WOW factor, or she must be a ‘Woman of Worth.’

“She should be true to herself. She has to love herself first before she can love others,” Lacuna said.

The lady mayor added that a Miss Manila should embody the traits of a true Manilena and be a strong advocate of all the rights of all women.

“In other words, dapat po ay may ‘WOW’ factor—a woman of worth. Dapat siya ay isang true leader, a nurturer and of course, a change maker” Lacuna stressed.

Dungo said the Miss Manila pageant night will be held on June 24, 2023 and contestants must be residents of Manila aged between 18 and 30, single, female, of good moral character and either a student or employed. Those interested may apply via www.missmanila.ph.

The project of the city of Manila looks for a Manilena that emobodies the values of empowerment and leadershp to deliver meaningful contribution to her fellow Manilans, Dungo explained.

According to him, the Top 100 will be selected from the online application after which the Top 50 will be chosen fro the face-to-face audition with the Miss Manila Executive Committee.

From there, only 25 will become the finalists for the pageant night itself and from that number, the top 5 will win the following awards: Miss Manila 2023; Miss Manila Charity; Miss Manila Tourism, First runner-up and Second runner-up.

Cash prizes will be given to the winners except for the Miss Manila 2023 who will take home the crown plus P1 million, said Dungo.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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