Baguio's Representative

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By Jonathan Llanes

The Maryknoller

Thursday, August 7, 2014


NO, IT'S not the cities representative in the lower house, but the city’s future Miss Baguio for 2014.

With nearly less than a month before we get to know who the rightful choice would be, this year’s young beauty hopefuls coming from the various barangays of the countries summer capital is and are expected to be the representation of who and what a Baguio beauty should be.

In the past, the search for Miss Baguio generally focused on beauty first before character and inelegance, the typical description for a beauty pageant. Hmmm, it seems like we've lost touch of empowering woman?

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It is argued that rather than being empowering, beauty pageants are in fact disempowering because they deny the full humanity of women and they reinforce the idea that women's purpose is to look attractive or 'be hot'.

Critics of beauty contests argue that such contests reinforce the idea that girls and women should be valued primarily for their physical appearance, and that this puts tremendous pressure on women to conform to conventional beauty standards by spending time and money on fashion, cosmetics, hair styling and even cosmetic surgery.

They claim that this pursuit of physical beauty even encourages some women to diet to the point of harming themselves.

But that's why we now have pageants that really show the worth not just of the beauty of a person, but the general representation of once self.

In last Wednesday's presentation of this year’s candidates in the weekly Kapihan sa Baguio, I was listening to the answers of the candidates and guess what, there's a certain showing of intelligence amongst them and considerably, a marked improvement.

One tip for the candidates that we can share is a "Strong Sense of Ownership". And how can they achieved this? Well, it's simply having a sense of history!

Imagine if one of these beauty hopefuls were to be asked, "How did the name Baguio came about? Why is the central business district of the city called Session Road? Or even, Where is Malcolm Square?

Citing as an example, my colleague Andrew Pinero posted on the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club Facebook account the sentence " Ikaw ay taga-Baguio kung ..." And guess what, you know that the persons reacting are from Baguio based on what they have grown to know about the countries summer capital.

There are only two chartered cities in the country namely Baguio And Quezon city. And did you know that in the lowlands, it is observed that Baguio people are given preference than others. Why? Well until now, were still trying to find out why.

And this is the collateral that we should invest in. And so to the candidates, prove your worth! Prove that you deserve to be the representative of the countries summer capital in terms of beauty, brawn, and most especially, in brains.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 08, 2014.

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