A devotion other than boxing in the country, Filipinos are equally or more fascinated over beauty pageant competition. With the naming of Catriona Gray as Miss Universe 2018, the Philippines has secured its fourth title in summit of the beauty contest world. Unlike countires that support star-studded events like the Fifa World Cup, the ex colony of Spain has remained focus on grooming the next Miss World.
The country’s passion with pageantry can be dated all the way back to 1908 Manila Carnival organized to celebrate Philippines-United States relationship and commemorate the achievement in agriculture and commerce. The search for Carnival Queen is the main event has since evolved into yearly affairs anticipated by many and has helped incubated the early stages of beauty pageant fever in the nation.
Culture & Diversity
A passionate and supportive culture rooting for their favorite participants in any form of competition is perhaps the reason why many chose to contest. The healthy track record in the summit of pageantry has made possible with a series of training boot camps such as John Robert Powers, Aces and Queens, and Kagandahang Flores.
While Philippines can be considered generally diverse in ancestry, these schools offer a focal point for pageant-hopefuls from different backgrounds to train, prepare and be molded for local and international competitions. Therefore, it is not a surprise to find Filipinos in the top rankings because they have prepared for that moment for years.
Many has argued the beauty pageant craze as an excuse for men objectifying women. While this culture is still widely supported in the Philippines, it remains controversial on any possible exploitation behind the scene on the hopefuls in their bid to be crowned in the competitions.