Let's Talk About PAGCOR


by on Sep.09, 2014, under Casino Filipino, PAGCOR CSR

Twenty-three year old Danita Joan Ruazol grew up without knowing her father. Two months before she was born, Danita’s father who was drunk at that time, accidentally shot himself.

“My father’s death was very traumatic for my mother because she was about to give birth to me then. But she remained strong and she devoted herself to raising me. I will be forever thankful to her for that,” Danita narrated.

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(L-R) Abbygale Rey, Danita Joan Ruazol and Jannie Alipo-on will represent Casino Filipino Hyatt in the grand coronation night of Miss Casino Filipino 2014 on September 19, 2014 at the Midas Tent in Pasay City.

The young lady from Laguna grew up to be tough and independent. Taking care of her mother – who is her only family – is her top priority.

Recently, Danita’s mom was hospitalized because of an ovarian cyst that complicated her bladder function. Her mother underwent two surgeries. To pay for her hospital bills, Danita had to ask for financial help from friends and relatives.

Danita saw the Miss Casino Filipino pageant as an opportunity to raise funds to pay for the debts they incurred for her mother’s hospital expenses.

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Danita Joan Ruazol receives the cash prize from the judges (from left) Robert Cheng of Century Properties Group, Inc., PAGCOR Entertainment Assistant Vice President Wilza Magpusao and Casino Filipino Hyatt Branch Manager Enrico Livelo.

“Aside from the experience which I will gain from the pageant, one of my major reasons for joining this contest is the cash prize. Kahit wala na siya sa ospital, hanggang ngayon nagbabayad pa rin kami ng mga utang. We really need all the financial help we can get,” she shared.

For a newcomer in beauty pageants, Danita feels lucky to have been chosen as one of Miss Casino Filipino’s semifinalists. “This is my first time to join a national competition. I am thankful that I was chosen as one of Casino Filipino Hyatt’s representatives to the grand finals night from among the many beautiful and talented candidates. Thank you PAGCOR for giving me this wonderful experience,” she added.

If she wins the crown, Danita also intends to help impoverished youth to attain quality education that will help secure their future. “I am an advocate of education. I want to help our youth not just by sending them to school, but also by teaching them valuable technical skills that will help them secure a career after graduation,” she said.

Danita will be joined by Abbygale Rey and Jannie Alipo-on as CF Hyatt’s representatives to the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 grand finals night on September 19, 2014 at the Midas Tent in Pasay City.

The three lovely ladies each received P15,000. They will have the chance to take home half a million pesos in cash if they win the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 title. Apart from this, the grand winner will have a chance to choose a charitable institution that will receive a donation of P200,000 from PAGCOR.

Part-time model and BS HRIM Travel and Tourism Graduate Jannie Alipo-on shared that she joined the Miss Casino Filipino contest because of the pageant’s pledge to extend financial aid to her chosen charity. “I would like to help underprivileged children with disabilities and special needs. I plan to give the cash prize to support their education and therapy,” she said.

Jannie said physically able individuals should have a heart for reaching out to the disabled and less privileged. “It is our responsibility to care for special children, especially those who belong to impoverished families. Having mental and physical disabilities should not get in the way of a child’s basic right to proper education and rehabilitation. I want to be able to help them through PAGCOR,” she expressed.

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The winners of the CF-Hyatt leg of Miss Casino Filipino 2014.

The third winner, Abbygale Rey is a Tourism Management graduate and a former flight attendant. She joined the pageant to focus on her lifelong dream of becoming a beauty queen. “I also see it as an opportunity to show my talent and inspire young girls to continuously develop themselves,” she said.

Taking into consideration the pageant’s noble objective, Abbygale sees the Miss Casino Filipino contest as a unique opportunity to be of service to others. “It gives young women not only a chance to showcase their beauty but also the opportunity to involve ourselves in more noble causes,” she added.

Abbygale’s advocacy is to provide free education to children from less fortunate families. “I’ve seen fellow students being forced to work, sometimes by their own parents to pay for their education. That’s why if I win Miss Casino Filipino, I want to partner with PAGCOR and make free quality education more accessible to less fortunate families and children,” she said.

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