Eye for beauty

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

Politics also

Thursday, January 2, 2014

IT IS said that 2013 was a lucky year for Filipinos on the matter of honor and prestige. It was a wonderful 12 months for the country and its inhabitants.

On New Year’s eve, a Filipina won the crown of Miss Tourism International in Kuala
Lumpur, capital city of Malaysia, making her our fourth world beauty titlist in 2013.

The feat makes our country stand out among the nations even amidst the sad and tragic natural events that befell the Philippines within the same period.

This group of small islands, indeed, has also shown that it can take with strength and
unusual courage whatever “blows” nature would deal it with the way it suffered the ravages of an earthquake and a super typhoon.

The Cebuana beauty won the crown against 59 other contestants. It capped the Philippines triumphant Year 2013. It was, in the jargon of sports writers, a photo finish for Miss Angeli Dione Gomez, who got the crown from another Cebuana beauty winner last year, Rizzini Alexis Gomez.

On top of the four crowned beauty winners for the year, there were also others who were finalists in other world beauty pageants, proving that the allure of Filipinas is not a matter of luck or sort of happenstance but something that is innate or natural.

There are, for instance, the 4th placer in the Miss Universe pageant, Ariella Arida; another 4th place finalist, Koreen Medina in the Miss Intercontinental; and Paula Bernasor, 2nd in the Miss Scuba International.

What we should take as something to consider as truly significant for our people and country during the year that just ended is that we went through it suffering two natural disasters and with the resiliency that earned for us world-wide sympathy and recognition.

It was also for our strength and courage as a people who accepted the beating from natural causes as part of our destiny. To a nation such as we are, the implication of 2013 may not emerge until 2016 yet.

That is, not in 2014, so that the winners and finalists of our pageants this year may not sway their influence just yet as the political ripple in their wake. But as the saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

And long has it been said that history in this little Asian nation has been replete with tales about how its “beauties” have emerged to move the course of politics in the manner unexpected by the leading political males.

Indeed, it might be apt to count now at this moment how many of our beauty contest winners have later on influenced the path of this nation’s politics from the top down to the littlest barangay leadership poll, as it may have even occurred in the recent barangay elections.

Let us mark this as it may surprise how beauty truly is in the eyes of the one who beholds it.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 03, 2014.


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