Jasmin Curtis-Smith, Ruffa Gutierrez lead Miss Teen Philippines 'advisory council'


It’s beauty pageant season once again. As the Binibining Pilipinas heats up and winds down with only about two weeks to go before coronation night, another beauty contest is making a comeback seven years after it was last staged.

First held in 2004 and open to single, young Filipinas from ages 13 to 18 years old, Miss Teen Philippines was able to produce four winners, namely Stephanie Mae Sol, Jickie Lee, Juliann Savard and Maxine Monasterio before momentarily closing shop in 2007.

Among these winners, Monasterio went on to host the ABS-CBN regional magazine show, “Mag TV Na” while Savard won the 2010 Myx VJ Search and Sol is now one of GMA Network’s newest stars and a mainstay of the show “Sunday All-Stars”.

Having produced winners that are still doing well in their chosen fields inspired Miss Teen Philippines organizer Kathy Arceo to revive the pageant dubbed as “the nationwide search for the country’s next female youth role model”.

Now with an “advisory council” led by TV5 primetime princess Jasmine Curtis-Smith and actress and former beauty queen Ruffa Gutierrez, Miss Teen Philippines was recently launched with a mini-press conference held at the New World Makati Hotel.

Also introduced as members of the MTP advisory council were blogger and stylist Laureen Uy, make-up artist Robbie Piñera, hairstylist Jing Monis and model and TV host Bianca Valerio.

A seventh member, actress and another former beauty queen, Precious Lara Quigaman, was not present at the event.

Arceo said the advisory council has been commissioned to inspire and mentor this year’s candidates.

“We felt that each of them had something very significant to offer all our young candidates, in almost every aspect of their personas—from beauty and style, personality development, intelligence and most especially, a strong sense of self and confidence,” Arceo pointed out.

With its thrust to promote global readiness through education, Miss Teen Philippines acquired the endorsement and partnership of the Department of Education and the National Youth Commission.

The final 35 national candidates who will vie for title of Miss Teen Philippines on May 31 will be picked from the winners from the regional pre-qualification mini-pageants in Davao (March 18), Cagayan De Oro (March 9), Cebu (March 15), Iloilo (March 16), Naga (March 19), Baguio (March 22) and Manila (March 23).

Although the winner will not compete for an international pageant, she will become the DepEd’s Education Ambassadress, a delegate to the Southeast Asian Youth Program and National Youth Parliament. She will also have a chance to interact and be mentored by members of the Board of the World Academy for the Future of Women (WAFW) and other women global change makers.

“This is so much more than a beauty pageant. It’s a chance to make a difference and to promote among our Filipino youth the value of education,” Jasmine noted. The 19-year-old star of TV5’s “Spin Nation” and the upcoming mystery drama “Jasmine” made she sure she finished high school first before becoming more active in film and television.

“When they asked me to be the face of MTP, I readily said yes,” she added. “It’s not every day that you get to endorse or be a part of something worthwhile. Miss Teen Philippines is a pageant that is focused more on a young woman’s substance instead of just her superficial beauty. MTP’s focus on the importance of education is truly an advocacy I would like to be associated with.”

For her part, Ruffa said aspirants of the pageant “have to make sure that if they do win Miss Teen Philippines, that they will lead by example, because the youth will look up to them,.”

“The important thing for them to always remember are the values that Miss Teen Philippines really represents: the value of education, improvement, and inspiring other people,” the 1993 Miss World second princess stressed.

Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/entertainment/jasmine-curtis-smith-ruffa-gutierrez-lead-miss-teen-philippines-advisory-council/





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