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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 17, 2012

Search For Miss Casino Filipino 2012 Now Open, Big Cash Prizes For The Winners

THE FIRST NATIONWIDE search for Miss Casino Filipino last year was so successful so Miss Casino Filipino 2012 is now open to all single Filipinas 18 to 25 years old with a heart for public service. PAGCOR’s AVP for Entertainment Bong Quintana says they look for someone who’s beautiful inside and out. Last year’s winner, Catrine Rosary Ocampo, 19, is a willowy 5’8” travel management major from UST who represented our country in the Queen of the World Pageant in Berlin last December. She became one of the 15 finalists. Who won the title?

“It’s Miss Poland,” she says. “It’s the first time our country was represented in that pageant and I was one of the three Asians who’s in the finals. The others were Miss China and Miss Thailand. It’s my first time to go abroad at nataong ang lamig-lamig pa noon. We also got the chance to visit Poland from Berlin.”

She won P300,000 then, with PAGCOR also helping her advocacy which is to give education to the poor. This year, the prizes are much bigger. The winner gets P500,000, with P400,000 for 1st runner up, P300,000 for 2nd runner up, P200,000 for 3rd runner up and P100,000 for 4th runner up. The chosen advocacy of the winner (education, health, environment or poverty eradication) will also get P200,000. PAGCOR will then help manage their careers and make them in-house models for the fashion shows of their casinos.

If your want to join, call PAGCOR Entertainment at 852-7758, 852-7760 or log on to pagcor.ph. You can also apply at the nearest Casino Filipino branch. Regional screenings will be held at PAGCOR Casinos in Angeles, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Olongapo, Tagaytay and at the airport casino in Paranaque from October 1 to 28. Grand coronation will be at the PAGCOR Grand Theater on November 16.

PAGCOR is really so busy in the year’s last quarter. Total Entertainer Rico Puno, a favorite of casino guests, will do a national tour of casinos. He’ll be in Bacolod tonight, August 18, at Angeles on August 25, Davao on August 29, Tagaytay on August 31, Cebu on September 14, Olongapo on September 19 and Pavilion on September 28. After him, the PAGCOR Artists who won in their singing contest will be launched, led by grand winner Froilan Canlas. In December, it’ll be David Pomeranz who’ll do a national tour. In September, they’re also launching the four K’s, which means Krismas Karol Kantahan Kontest for chorale groups, open to contestants aged 18 and above.