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PAVILION BRANCH PICKS REPRESENTATIVES TO MISS CASINO FILIPINO 2014

by on Sep.25, 2014, under Casino Filipino, PAGCOR CSR

Excitement and anticipation filled Casino Filipino Pavilion last August 30, 2014 as the branch picked its representatives to the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 grand coronation night.

Angela Aninang, Rosemary Turner and Agatha Lei Romero were chosen as the last batch of beautiful ladies who will compete in the pageant’s grand finals. They beat 65 other young Filipina hopefuls who tried their luck during the Metro Manila screening.

(From left) Angela Aninang, Rosemary Turner and Agatha Lei Romero were picked as CF Pavilion’s representatives to the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 pageant.

(From left) Angela Aninang, Agatha Lei Romero and Rosemary Turner were picked as CF Pavilion’s representatives in the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 pageant.

Twenty one year old Angela Aninang is a graduate of BS Medical Technology in Angeles University Foundation and a Medical Technology Board Exam passer. Although she has previously tried her luck in several beauty competitions, Aninang considers joining the Miss Casino Filipino pageant as a whole new experience.

“Miss Casino Filipino isn’t just about the search for the most beautiful but it is more of how pure your intentions are for the less fortunate. I see it as competition of women who have the heart to serve others by standing by their advocacy and fulfilling it,” she said.

Angela, who is also an aspiring doctor, said the pageant’s cash prize could help her pay for her tuition fees in medical school.  Likewise, it can help her advocacy of providing more accessible health services for less privileged Filipinos.

“If given a chance, I would like to organize medical missions and reach out to impoverished Filipinos in far flung areas, especially those who do not have access to proper medical care. I also want to educate more people on the importance of good health,” Angela cited.

Miss Casino Filipino Pavilion representatives together with the jurors: Actor and rap artist Carlos Agassi (extreme left), AVP for Entertainment Wilza Magpusao (second from left) and Branch Marketing and Entertainment Head Joelino Panganiban (extreme right).

Miss Casino Filipino Pavilion representatives together with the jurors: Actor and rap artist Carlos Agassi (extreme left), AVP for Entertainment Wilza Magpusao (second from left) and Branch Marketing and Entertainment Head Joelino Panganiban (extreme right).

Meanwhile, Agatha Lei Romero believes that Miss Casino Filipino will give her an opportunity to help out-of-school-youth fulfill their dreams. She wants to actively take part in PAGCOR’s education-related Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs.

A fourth year Civil Engineering student in the University of Santo Tomas, Agatha shared that her parents made a lot of sacrifices in order to send her to good schools. “They wanted to secure my future. I want to pay it forward by helping Filipino children get better opportunities in education, too,” Agatha explained.

Meanwhile, Rosemary Turner, who is a holder of several beauty titles like Miss Olongapo 2009 and Miss Trinity University of Asia 2013, also hopes to win Miss Casino Filipino so she could engage in charity works.

According to her, winning the Miss Casino Filipino title will give her a different sense of fulfillment. “You don’t just win a title. You also win a chance to help the underprivileged. If I win, I want to be help impoverished Filipinos in rural areas by educating them how to have sustainable means of livelihood. Rather than just giving money, it’s more important to teach the poor to support themselves in the long run,” Rosemary added.

Actor, rap artist and TV host Carlos Agassi, who was one of the judges during the CF Pavilion semifinals, commended the finalists. He noted that all three girls have a big chance of bringing home the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 crown.

“All of them are beautiful and talented and I’m positive that they’ll do great on the finals. But what’s great to know is that these young women don’t just aspire for the cash prize or the beauty title. They also hope to make a huge impact on other people’s lives when they win this contest,” he said.

Apart from the P500,000 cash prize, the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 will also get a chance to help a charitable institution of her choice through PAGCOR’s financial donation of P200,000.

AVP Bong Quintana of PAGCOR’s Entertainment and Bingo Department meanwhile thanked all the beautiful ladies who participated in the nationwide screenings of the Miss Casino Filipino 2014. “We’ve had hundreds of aspirants who were enticed to join not only for themselves but to pursue a more noble cause of helping the needy. We know that the judges will have a difficult time selecting the winners because all our grand finalists are very beautiful,” he cited.

(From left) Agatha Lei Romero, Rosemary Turner and Angela Aninang were picked as CF Pavilion’s representatives to the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 pageant.

(From left) Agatha Lei Romero, Rosemary Turner and Angela Aninang were picked as CF Pavilion’s representatives to the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 pageant.

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MISS CASINO FILIPINO 2014 INSPIRES CANDIDATES TO PURSUE NOBLE ADVOCACIES

by on Sep.24, 2014, under Casino Filipino, PAGCOR CSR

Three more beautiful ladies were added to the roster of candidates vying for the Miss Casino Filipino (CF) 2014 title when CF Malabon Satellite picked its representatives to the grand finals night.

The three winners – Haydee Gumasing, Dale Ivory Lee and Ivy Meerry Enriquez– were all ecstatic not only  because they can compete in the grand finals round but also because they will get a chance to help others if they win the Miss Casino Filipino crown.

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(From left) Dale Ivory Lee, Ivy Meerry Enriquez and Haydee Gumasing were chosen as representatives of the CF Malabon Satellite to the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 beauty pageant.

The beauty pageant’s grand winner will be given the opportunity to support a charitable cause through PAGCOR’s financial assistance of P200,000.

Promoting the welfare of the elderly who were abandoned by their families is the advocacy of 20 year-old Haydee Gumasing. “When I saw the plight of the elderly housed in a shelter in our hometown, I felt their pain. I could not imagine the feeling of being abandoned by their families. With PAGCOR’s financial aid, I can somehow help provide their basic necessities,” the third year Mass Communication student from Bulacan said.

Meanwhile, 21 year-old Dale Ivory Lee wants to support the anti-violence campaign against women. She said the alarming cases of rape and abuse against women need immediate action.

According to Lee, she intends to support an information drive on women’s rights if she wins as Miss Casino Filipino 2014. “It is the terrifying number of cases of raped and battered women that drives me to support this advocacy. We should call attention to it to protect the rights of young girls and helpless women,” the fourth year Tourism Industry student cited.

As for 18 year-old Ivy Meerry Enriquez, promoting and sustaining ecotourism in the Philippines is her chosen advocacy. She explained that the country is rich in natural resources and she wants to encourage Filipinos to help preserve these treasures.

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The three lovely winners together with (from left) GM Jomar Reyes of the Malabon Grand Hotel and Entertainment Center, PAGCOR Satellite Operations Group 1 Branch Manager William Avendaño, and PAGCOR Entertainment Officer Marilyn Flores, who served as judges during the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 semi-finals round in the Malabon satellite.

“Many tourists visit the Philippines because of our natural wonders. They want to experience the beautiful places in our country. We must also ensure that our future generations will continue to take pride in them. But to do these things, we must encourage every citizen to be responsible in taking good care of our environment and our tourist attractions,” Enriquez added.

Apart from being chosen as representatives of the CF Malabon Satellite in the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 grand finals on September 19, 2014 at the Midas Hotel and Casino, Gumasing and Lee bagged special awards during the semifinals. Gumasing won the “Best in Talent” award while Lee was named “Best in Long Gown”.

Meantime, Branch Manager William Avendaño of PAGCOR’s Satellite Operations Group 1 said that the Miss Casino Filipino project only proves that the state-owned gaming firm offers more than just gaming and entertainment.

“We also have this pageant which empowers the chosen Miss Casino Filipino to pursue her chosen advocacy. It also promotes not only the beauty of Filipinas but their heart for service as well. This laudable undertaking should be continued,” Avendano cited.

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MISS CASINO FILIPINO PAGEANT BOOSTS SELF-ESTEEM OF CANDIDATES

by on Sep.10, 2014, under Casino Filipino, PAGCOR CSR

Joining beauty pageants has become the perfect training ground for most beauty queens who are determined to bring out the best in themselves. This is the same belief shared by the three lovely ladies who will represent the Tagaytay casino branch in the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 grand finals night.

The three grand finalists – Emylyn Perez, Berna Gail Penales and Camille Laylay – all agree that joining beauty pageants greatly helped them in boosting their self-esteem.

(From left) Camille Laylay, Berna Bail Penales and Emylyn Perez will represent the Tagaytay casino branch during the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 grand coronation night on September 19, 2014.

(From left) Camille Laylay, Berna Bail Penales and Emylyn Perez will represent the Tagaytay casino branch during the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 grand coronation night on September 19, 2014.

Perez, a Tourism graduate who now works as a freelance model said that participating in different beauty contests helped her realize her strengths and weaknesses. “I discovered my limitations. Nevertheless, I was able to find ways on how I can turn my weaknesses into strengths. I also became more confident,” she cited.

Perez was named Best in Talent and Best in Long Gown during the Tagaytay leg of the search for Miss Casino Filipino 2014.

According to Perez, she idolizes Filipina beauty queens whose grace, poise and wit have brought honor to the country. “They have shown to the world that we are beautiful people with an amazing culture. I hope to be able to achieve what they have done for the Philippines,” she added.

Meanwhile, 18 year-old Berna Gail Penales is grateful to PAGCOR for conducting the Miss Casino Filipino pageant. “This contest is giving us not only the opportunity to be recognized but more importantly the chance to pursue an advocacy close to our hearts,” she explained.

Penales added that she has been joining beauty contests to gain confidence. “Napaka-hirap i-boost ang confidence pero dahil sa pagsali sa pageants, nagkaroon ako ng tiwala sa sarili. The prizes I won in these contests also helped finance my education, she said.

On the other hand, Camille Laylay – an IT graduate – said that Miss Casino Filipino helped develop her interpersonal skills. “Mahahasa dito kung paano ka makisama sa iba at kung paano mo dalhin ang sarili mo,” she said.

What sets Miss Casino Filipino apart from the other pageants is that it requires its participants to choose a charitable undertaking which they wish to pursue once they are crowned Miss Casino Filipino. The winner can give to her chosen charitable institution a P200,000 cash donation from PAGCOR.

Miss Casino Filipino Tagaytay representatives are joined by the jurors headed by PAGCOR Director Eric Nuguid (4th from left), former beauty queen Sonia Santiago Mendoza (right) and Casino Filipino Tagaytay Branch Surveillance Officer Jose Ernesto Violan (left).

Miss Casino Filipino Tagaytay representatives are joined by the jurors headed by PAGCOR Director Eric Nuguid (3rd from left), former beauty queen Sonia Santiago Mendoza (extreme right) and Casino Filipino Tagaytay Branch Surveillance Officer Jose Ernesto Violan (left).

If she wins the crown, Perez said she intends to support re-greening initiatives by planting more trees together with the National Service Training Program (NSTP) students from her alma mater, the Systems Plus College Foundation in Pampanga.

Penales, on the one hand, aims to reach out to organizations that provide free services to orphans, elderly and people with disabilities. She wants to help the Golden Acres and Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, Inc. if she wins the Miss Casino Filipino title.

Laylay, meanwhile, will choose an institution that cares after the needy and the less fortunate. “We can do an act of kindness by doing even the simplest things,” she said.

Former beauty queen Sonia Santiago Mendoza, one of the judges during the Tagaytay regional screening, said all the candidates showed their best during the competition. “They are very lovely and it is very evident that they all came here prepared to win. A beauty queen should have beauty, brains and a good heart and they all displayed these qualities,” she said.

Mendoza also thanked PAGCOR and Casino Filipino for giving young and talented Filipinas a chance to pursue their dream of becoming beauty queens. “All they need is a break and the Miss Casino Filipino beauty pageant is giving them that chance,” she added.

Casino Filipino Tagaytay General Manager Danilo Cuneta (extreme right) and PAGCOR Assistant VP for Entertainment and Bingo Bong Quintana (extreme left) join the lovely winners of the Miss Casino Filipino Tagaytay semi-finals round.

Casino Filipino Tagaytay General Manager Danilo Cuneta (extreme right) and PAGCOR Assistant VP for Entertainment and Bingo Bong Quintana (extreme left) join the lovely winners of the Miss Casino Filipino Tagaytay semi-finals round.

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