Mrs. Philippines PIDC ‘09 kicks off festival season

Community Round Up May 1, 2009 at 10:37 am

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PIDC’s Mrs. Philippines From left: Apopline Aldea,  3rd runner-up;  Marilou Tamboong,  1st runner-up;  Rosa Bongolan,  Mrs. Philippines-PIDC 2009 and Magdalena  Recobo-Moreno,  2nd runner-up.

PIDC’s Mrs. Philippines From left: Apopline Aldea, 3rd runner-up; Marilou Tamboong, 1st runner-up; Rosa Bongolan, Mrs. Philippines-PIDC 2009 and Magdalena Recobo-Moreno, 2nd runner-up.

Mrs. Philippines PIDC 2009 winner Rosa Bongolan

Mrs. Philippines PIDC 2009 winner Rosa Bongolan

PIDC kicked off this year’s festival season with the coronation of Mrs. Philippines PIDC 2009 last April 24. A standing-room-only crowd witnessed the colorful pageant unfold at the Rembrandt Hall in Scarborough as four finalists sashayed on the dance floor and stage to catch the judges’ attention.

Popular emcee Albert Quirante said it right: the judges had the difficult task of choosing winners based on beauty and talent as all four candidates possessed the werewithal. The audience had a field day guessing the winners as the emcee called out the different awards.

The candidates came from diverse backgrounds and interests. There was Rosa Bongolan, a Master of Divinity who juggles her time between pursuing a career in marketing and dispensing spiritual guidance as assistant pastor of the International Christian Church. Stamp collecting is her favourite pastime.
Multi-awardee Appoline Aldea hasn’t lost the beauty that won her pageant awards in years past. Her dual occupation as Community Outreach Developer and Human Resources Developer surely makes her a busy person.

Marilou Tamboong-who wants to open an interior designing agency—is an employer’s delight. Her various awards in customer service training, top seller, and Employee of the Year, prove this.

If she had her way, Magdalena Recobo-Moreno would just travel, her favourite books inside her luggage. Luckily, the BS Commerce graduate is reaping the rewards of a successful insurance agent, allowing her to indulge in her dream.

A short program preceded the pageant proper. Co-Chair Sena Flores led the Invocation, followed by Ethel Stewart, Co-Chair, with her opening remarks. Over dinner, ANCOP Canada’s Ricky Cuena updated the audience on the latest in Gawad Kalinga.

PIDC President Jun Enverga sequed with the reminder that PIDC will now be known not only as Canada’s prime promoter of Philippine culture and heritage but an organization with a heart for the needy in the Philippines. His announcement that PIDC will sponsor a GK village in the Batasang Pambansa area in Quezon City was met with an appreciative applause. Mr. Ely Torrenueva entertained the guests with his renditions of Frank Sinatra favorites.

Meanwhile, Rosemer Enverga, over-all pageant chair, took the opportunity to announce upcoming events of PIDC, highlighting the accomplishments of beauty pageants that produced the likes of Paulina Chan, 2008 Miss Philippines PIDC. In her brief remarks, the Chinese mestizilla beauty acknowledged that joining the pageant has made her appreciate her Filipino heritage more as she went about her ambassadorial role, meeting various groups in the community and participating in Filipino events.

Emcee Albert took time to introduce guests at the head table, mainly the judges of the pageant: lawyer Joe Oliver of the Conservative Party, Dr. Christina Gamo and husband Rene, Ms. Minnie Lucas of Memorial Gardens Canada Ltd, writer Ricky Caluen, and Kim Belen.

Other PIDC bigwigs like Mabuhay Festival chair Ms. Minda Neri, Estring Aguinaldo (also of Fiesta Filipina), and old reliables like Danio Penuliar and Jojo Rodriguez were very visible that evening, table hopping. So were other pageant committee members like Pors and Mitz Canlas and Marita Enriquez.

Finally, the announcement of winners: Mrs. Philippines PIDC 2009 is Rosa Maria Bongolan; Marylou Tamboong, first runner-up; Magdalena Moreno, second runner up; and Appoline Aldea, third runner-up.
Perhaps the first titleholder, Mrs.Rachel Eramo, best summed up the spirit of the pageant as she delivered her parting message: “The Mrs. Philippines pageant……is not about the outside beauty but the beauty of the heart-the desire to help and to be proud of our cultural heritage, the embodiment of the true Filipino motherhood, as well as honouring the dignity of the poor and senior generation.”

Read your favourite Filipino newspaper for more details on upcoming PIDC festival events.