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Single moms join married beauties in Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2013 pageant

The candidates of Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2013. (Rhoy Cobilla/InterAksyon)

They’re gorgeous. They’re sexy. They’re married.

Well, most of them are. With the acceptance of single moms starting this year, the Mrs. Philippines-Globe beauty pageant continues to push for what national pageant director Morena Carla Cabrera-Quimpo calls “a deeper meaning” that also adds more excitement to an already bigger and better competition.

Pageant director Morena Carla Cabrera-Quimpo. (Rhoy Cobilla/InterAksyon)

“Our mission in Mrs. Philippines-Globe is to empower married women of substance and single mothers as movers of society. We want to establish that women are worthier than they believe and can be a symbol of inspiration through their achievements, life stories, goodwill and charitable acts”, Cabrera-Quimpo declared during the recent press launch of Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2013 at Sofitel Hotel.

The launch formally introduced the 18 candidates vying for the prestigious crown of Mrs. Philippines-Globe and P300,000 worth of prizes. More importantly, this year’s winner will have the honor to represent the country in the Mrs. Globe 2013 World Finals this September 19 to 29, 2013 at Shenzhen, China.

Candidate No. 15 Maria Rizza Padilla Singson, sister of Robin Padilla and BB Gandanghari, introduces herself to the media. (Rhoy Cobilla/InterAksyon)

Ranging from 26 to 43 years old, the 18 candidates were shortlisted from hundreds of applicants from all over the country and have varying professional backgrounds.

The first 10 consists of gym owner Soraya Borbe, store consignor supervisor Nanette Ballono, 5-star hotel marketing communications executive Michelle Garcia, former “AngTV” child star Jane Lorraine Dimaunahan, schoolteacher Lubesly Tellidua, writer and research specialist Mary Charlotte Fresco, internal medicine specialist Arah Margarita Ty, human resources consultant Jessica Eribal, registered nurse Charina Clarin and maitre’d Ruby Jane Lehmann.

Rounding up the rest of the candidates are writer Jennylyn Isherwood, entrepreneur Marilou Villanueva, public administrator Mildred Buazon, former TV researcher Jessie Lou Lucero, registered nurse Maria Rizza Padilla Singson, online entrepreneur Ruby Salazar Papio, professional dancer Maria Adelaida Paltu-ob and homemaker Rachel Ann Felix.

During the open forum, the candidates also fielded several questions from the media.

Candidate No. 3 Michelle Garcia is a single parent to a 12-year-old girl. (Rhoy Cobilla/InterAksyon)

Of the four single mothers among the field, three (Candidate No. 2 Nanette Ballono, Candidate No. 6 Charlotte Fresco and Candidate No. 13 Mildred Bauzon) said they still believe in the sanctity of marriage and are not in favor of the proposed divorce bill being advocated by senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros.

But candidate No. 3 Michelle Garcia, mother of a 12-year-old daughter, boldly declared that she is in favor of it as “everyone deserves to be happy”.

Not all candidates are actually mothers. Candidate No. 9 and former Miss Taytay 1997 Charina Clarin admits that even though she has no children, she joined the pageant because she finds it very “empowering to all women” and not just mothers.

As for how their husbands feel about their joining the pageant, Candidate No. 7 Dr. Arah Margarita Ty revealed that she is also married to a fellow doctor who is supportive of her endeavors. Ditto with Candidate No. 18 Rachel Ann Felix, who at 26 is the youngest contestant in the competition.

“Oh, yes, my husband is very supportive. He even bought my stilettos for this event. He told me to just have fun and enjoy,” she told InterAksyon.

In the case of Candidate No. 15, Maria Rizza Padilla Singson, who is actually a sister of Robin and Rommel Padilla and BB Gandanghari, she admitted that her family has yet to know that she joined the pageant. She said her husband, who just came from Australia, also does not approve of her participation and is currently “mad” at her for going through with it.

Candidate No. 18 Rachel Ann Felix is the youngest at 26. (Rhoy Cobilla/InterAksyon)

Aside from Padilla and Candidate No. 4 Jane Lorraine Dimaunahan who briefly dabbled in showbiz, other familiar faces in the pageant include Rachel Ann Felix, who admitted that she was once handled by talent manager Becky Aguila before she married early at the age of 20.

Candidate No. 10 Ruby Jane Lehmann was a Supermodel of the World (Philippines) finalist in 1989 while Candidate No. 17 Maria Adelaida Paltu-ob was a member of two-time World Hip-Hop Champions, the Philippine All-Stars.

Aside from the title of Mrs. Philippines-Globe itself, also up for grabs in the pageant are special awards such as People’s Choice Award, Mrs. Talent, Mrs. Friendship, Make-Up Factory Most Beautiful Face, Mrs. Body Beautiful, Most Elegant Woman / Designer of the Year, Wacoal Career Woman of the Year, Life Story Award, and Solane Mother of the Year.

The Mrs. Philippines-Globe coronation night will take place on May 25, 2013 at the Sunset Pavilion at Sofitel Hotel in Manila.