Miss World/ Miss World Philippines BWAP: Beauty Without a Purpose?

The Miss World pageant thrives and succeeds on its Beauty with a Purpose ethos. At times it is that aspect that finally convinces Filipina uber-beauties and big name celebrities like Megan Young, Valerie Weigmann and Catriona Gray to join Miss World Philippines. BWAP is said to be the heart and soul of the Miss World pageant and by extension its national competitions. So we ask what happened with the BWAP fast-track in MWP? Was there even a BWAP judging this year?

It is a known fact that the BWAP project defines the MW competition. Yearly, millions are donated to charity via this aspect of the pageant. It is almost a guarantee that the winner of this fasttrack would place in the semis of the pageant. However, during the recently held MWP competition, the BWAP seems to be forgotten or even worse totally removed. The usual fast-tracks were there: Multimedia, Topmodel, Talent, Sports and even the Beach Body. To which was mind-numbing as this was something that the MW have removed in previous editions. Was the BWAP removed to be replaced by the Beach Body? If the reason for such removal is because of the weak BWAP projects of the vast majority of the candidates, then why should those that prepared for it not be allowed to get marks for it. Winwyn, Cynthia and Janela were the ones who had strong BWAP projects. If that fast-track was included would there been a different set of winners?

Then there was the anticlimactic visit of the MW org to the Paraiso BWAP project of Catriona in Smokey Mountain. With not much financial support from the MWP and MWOrgs, Catriona was able to single-handedly campaign for funds and donations to renovate a 3-story building to be converted into a school. IMHO Catriona’s BWAP should have garnered bigger points in MW as it didn’t look ‘manufactured‘. I was under the notion that the visit was for much less altruistic reasons but rather an opportunity to get media-mileage… or perhaps it would be used to add a ‘special footage’ on the MW pageant in China later this year, just so they can appeal to the good graces of disgruntled Filipino fans. I usually am one who is on the optimistic side, but this scenario brought out more nagging questions in me than I could have imagined.
But this should have not been a surprise as I was just as baffled with Stephanie del Valle’s win last year. After almost being non-existent at the fast-tracks to suddenly winning it all. That was like a mockery of what the MW stood for. And that would have made them look very superficial. It would not make both MWP and MW any different than other beauty pageants. Just the same old fanfare of entertainment like Miss Supranational, Miss Grand International or even Miss Universe.

If Beauty with a Purpose is indeed the heart and soul of the Miss World pageant and consequently its national counterparts, then what happens when it is removed or missing? What happens to a pageant if its soul and heart is gone from the equation? Has BWAP come to mean Beauty Without a Purpose?


Janela Joy Cuaton: A Woman for the World

Finding a follow-up to Catriona Gray is a tough challenge yet such is the case for Janela Joy Cuaton as she aspires to be the next rep to Miss World. IMHO, Janela would arguably be the best follow up to Catriona simply because she may just be the type of lass that the Miss World might be looking for: pretty, innocent-looking, humble, articulate, pure of heart and approachable. 

Words from her supportive mother below illustrates why she is perhaps the only candidate this year with a strong Beauty with a Purpose Project with her Passion for Fashion project…
Who is Janela Joy Cuaton? She is a 20-year old beautiful soul who hails from the province of Masbate City and Southern Leyte but grew up in Qatar. At a young age of 16, she started her advocacy to help the needy and empower young women. She founded “Fashion meets Passion” wherein she gathered young girls and teens for a workshop that will train them on how to pose and walk like a model, develop self confidence, be a responsible young adult and be the best version of themselves.

Her passion for helping others has led her to join beauty pageants, Miss World Philippines being the most recent. She is eager to join Miss World as this is a way to make her advocacy wider and affect more lives.
1. Fashion meets passion season 1 she was able to feed up to 1200 people and gave 700 school bags, supplies and foods in Saint Bernard Southern Leyte.
2. Fashion meets passion season 2, she went to Asilo de Molo in Iloilo to give love, care and share blessings to our Lolos and Lolas.
3. Fashion meets passion season 3, she went to the National Children’s Hospital in Manila.
4. Fashion meets passion season 4 having recently finished just last month, the beneficiaries will be announce soon.
5. She has also helped many OFWs in Qatar.

She might not be the lady on top of everyone’s list right not but she should be. Janela could possibly be just the right girl to be the country’s rep to Miss World in China this year…

Catriona Gray: the Beauty Completes her Purpose

She set out to help Young Focus to reach out and provide education to the slums of Smokey Mountain, one of Metro Manila’s most impoverished communities, and through her passion, determination, hardwork, the task is near completion…

Miss World 3rd runner up Catriona Gray has almost come full circle since her winning Miss World Philippines. From the onset, she sought out to help Young Focus in their mission to reach out and provide free and accessible education in Smokey Mountain. Since then they were able to purchase a three story building that they have transformed and renovated into a Childcare and Preschool Center. Check out the work that has been done to change the building into a youth and study center…

The crown represented a journey. One that began in my room as I was praying. This was after my first trip to Tondo, Manila and I was asking God, “God why does there continue to be so much suffering in this world?” And God spoke to me in my own voice saying “That is why I created you (my children).”
This revelation struck me so deep in my core that I knew I had set foot a new path. The crown represented a journey that grew from being an independent endeavor to one that became more than me. A journey that rallied the support and love of my countrymen. A journey that forced me to look into myself and discover what I was made of. A journey that found its heart in the children in one of the poorest slums of my country. Yes, the crown represented a journey…until I realized that the journey could continue and exist without it. – Catriona Gray

This is what true Beauty with a Purpose looks like. Catriona has used her celebrity and beauty queen status to raise funds from corporate sponsorships, benefit concerts and auctions, private fundraisers, etc… Now with her Miss World Philippines reign almost nearing completion, we can proudly say that this beauty has completed her Purpose. 

Catriona Gray Makes Top24 in Beauty With A Purpose

With Miss World Philippines Catriona Gray entering the top 24 of the Beauty with A Purpose project fasttrack, Sashes&Scripts thought it would be a great time to feature her Paraiso: Bright Beginnings project.

Below is a statement of Catriona about her BWAP project:
After realizing that the existing establishments could not compensate the number of students, I in partnership with Young Focus set a goal to raise funds for the procurement and renovation of a 3-story building that would serve as a Preschool for children aged 3-5 yrs. This would allow the number of preschool aged students to grow from 80 to 300. Securing this building will allow the young children to have access to a free learning environment – a chance and opportunity that every child is entitled too. I believe that awakening a child’s love of learning as early as possible will pave the way for an enjoyable education and school experience that will best prepare them for the future.
What can you do to help?
– Spread Awareness. Share the video link below to inform your friends and family and inspire them to take action. Together we can better the lives of the children of Smokey Mountain.
– Donate. Any amount helps and will go towards Paraiso BBProject. Weekly updates will be posted (here) showing the renovation and progress of the Preschool Building. For donations in the Philippines please use this bank information and make it payable to:
Young Focus for Education & Development Bank: BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands)
Branch: Navotas Account no.: 4651-0036-58
– Hold your own Fundraiser. Create a bake sale, host a raffle in your workplace – there are so many different ways to raise funds. Get creative!
– Volunteer. Young Focus is always looking for individuals to donate their time to help out with the programs and children. A helping hand is always welcome. Information about volunteering: http://www.youngfocus.org/

Photos courtesy of JR Noses for Sash Factor, cat-elle.com and Dennis Natividad (for his Smokey Mountain pics)


Vinie Camille DyQuiangco: Passion for Education

Being a teacher is one of the world’s most noble professions… it is no wonder why the admiration for this Miss World Philippines hopeful is very high.

Vinie Camille Dyquiangco has spent almost 2 years as a volunteer educator in Cagayan de Oro as a missionary. She was assigned in about 5 different rural areas in Mindanao during the duration of her stay. She discovered her advocacy through her missionary work which is on education which focuses on teaching young children in the community to read and write. This endeavor also inspired her to take a post graduate course on Development Communication in the University of the Philippines Open University to further her understanding on education in terms of scope and depth.

Her Beauty with a Purpose project is title “Ang Pagsulat at Pagbasa ay Pag-asa” and was launched at the  East Wood Central Plaza last August 24th.  Here is what she had to say more about her advocacy:
“Based in Mindanao for 18 months, I had the opportunity to share the Good News with several communities and render service, particularly teaching of basic reading and writing to children. It was during those times that I developed my advocacy for learning and literacy. In our current society where education now appears to be more of a privilege than a right, I believe literacy will open minds of children to seek education. Literacy, I think, is the first spark that would lead to changing children’s lives and eventually become empowered individuals.
When my missionary work ended early this year, I signed up as a volunteer for the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation, one of the largest surgical charity organizations in the Philippines. It provides life-changing medical treatment to the poor suffering from clubfoot, cleft lip/palate, cataracts, crossed eyes, burn contractures, and artificial legs for below the knee amputees.