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MINDANAO BEAUTIES TO COMPETE IN MISS CASINO FILIPINO 2014

by on Aug.14, 2014, under Casino Filipino, PAGCOR CSR

Even after obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering in 2012, Gladys Comandao did not find it difficult to choose between pursuing a career in the construction industry and becoming an entrepreneur. She just followed what her heart dictated and eventually settled for the latter.

A self-confessed risk-taker, the 23- year-old Gladys loves challenges and is not afraid to try untested routes. So when an opportunity to realize her greatest dream of becoming a beauty queen came via the Miss Casino Filipino beauty pageant, she did not think twice about joining the prestigious event.

“I find venturing into business and joining the Miss Casino Filipino contest somewhat alike. You can never predict the outcome of your audacity, but win or lose, you’ll come out smiling knowing that you were able to do what you wanted to do,” she explained. Gladys runs a hair salon business in downtown Davao.

The door to her dream swung wide open for the young entrepreneur when she emerged as the biggest winner during the qualifying round of Miss Casino Filipino 2014 in Davao City last August 2, 2014. She did not only become one of the three representatives of Casino Filipino Davao to the grand finals but also won the Best in Playsuit and Best in Long Gown categories, bringing home a total cash prize of P25,000 (P15,000 as Miss Casino Filipino Davao and P5,000 each for the special category titles).

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Representing Casino Filipino Davao in the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 Grand Finals at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on September 19, 2014 are Gladys Comandao (2nd from left), Mary Grace Castillo and Darlene Paula Dichoso. With them in photo are (from right) PAGCOR Director Enriquito Nuguid, CF Davao Treasury Head Rizalie Pasaylo and Davao City Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre.

“I didn’t expect to win as my fellow contestants are equally beautiful and talented. I just prayed, did my best and enjoyed the competition without entertaining any pressure. I’m so happy and honored to represent Casino Filipino Davao in the grand finals,” Gladys mused.

She will carry the banner of Casino Filipino Davao along with fellow grand finalists Darlene Paula Dichoso and Mary Grace Castillo during the beauty pageant’s finals night slated on September 19, 2014 at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City. Dichoso and Castillo also received P15,000 each.

Dichoso, a sophomore Architecture student at the University of Mindanao, admitted having joined various beauty contests in the past, but disclosed that nothing comes close to the uniqueness of the Miss Casino Filipino competition. She firmly believes PAGCOR’s beauty contest could help her pursue her advocacy to empower the youth through education.

“I feel so blessed that I have inched closer to the realization not only of my personal dream but my effort to help improve the lives of underprivileged youths by promoting literacy programs that will encourage them to go to school,” Dichoso said.

Castillo, on the other hand, traveled all the way from Butuan City to seize the chance of becoming what her mother has always wanted her to be. A Tourism major at the Father Saturnino Urios University, the 18-year-old beauty is thankful that she saw an advertisement of Miss Casino Filipino 2014 on the internet.

“I believe it was destiny that I learned about the Miss Casino Filipino contest. My mother, who serves as my greatest inspiration, has been wishing for me to become a beauty queen. I thank God for giving me an opportunity to make my mom’s dream a reality,” Castillo shared.

If she wins the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 title, Castillo vows to do her share in helping reduce the incidence of drug addiction among the youth by encouraging them to get into sports.

“The youths are most vulnerable to drug addiction and one way of keeping them away from bad vices is by having them involved in worthwhile undertakings such as athletic activities. This way, we don’t only teach them how to live healthy lives but also help lessen the occurrence of youth-related crimes,” Castillo explained.

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Mindanao beauties (from left) Gladys Comandao, Mary Grace Castillo and Darlene Paula Dichoso stood out from a field of 45 hopefuls who showed up during the Miss Casino Filipino 2014 semifinals round held in Casino Filipino Davao.

PAGCOR Director Enriquito Nuguid who was one of the three judges during the Davao qualifying round had an arduous time tallying the scores of the 12 candidates who were selected from the 45 hopefuls who showed up during the screening.

“All of the lovely candidates have what it takes to become the next Miss Casino Filipino, but unfortunately, we could only select three who will represent CF Davao in the grand finals. Nonetheless, we’re satisfied with our choice of winners. They’ll definitely fare well against the qualifiers from other branches,” Nuguid optimistically said.

The search for Miss Casino Filipino 2014 offers P500,000 in cash for the grand winner; P400,000 for the first runner-up; P300,000 for the second runner-up, P200,000 for the third runner-up and P100,000 for the fourth runner-up. They will also have the opportunity to be part of Casino Filipino shows and events. Meanwhile, the Ms. Casino Filipino 2014 title-holder will have a chance to choose a charitable institution that will receive a donation of P200,000 from PAGCOR.

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