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Pinoys crown Ms. Kaohsiung-Philippines

Edeline M. Delfin of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, third from left, is crowned Ms. Kaohsiung-Philippines 2007 last Sunday.
Talent search candidates wow the audience with their dance moves.

Edeline M. Delfin of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, third from left, is crowned Ms. Kaohsiung-Philippines 2007 last Sunday.

Talent search candidates wow the audience with their dance moves.

Edeline M. Delfin of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering was crowned Ms. Kaohsiung-Philippines 2007 in an exciting and fun-filled ceremony held at the Nantze Export Processing Zone Auditorium in Kaohsiung last Sunday.
The talent search was one of the highlights of "Paskong Pinoy 2007," a Christmas celebration organized by Filipinos in southern Taiwan.
The search was initiated by the Reverend Roger Manalo, CS of the St. Joseph Parish in Nantze, the Recoletos Family, the Dominican Sisters, and NORPOWA. The Manila Economic and Cultural Office and the Export Processing Zone Administration of Nantze supported the annual event.
Delfin, who also went home with the "Best in Sports Wear" and the "darling" of the crowd awards, received NT$10,000 in cash prize, a trophy, and a crown.
Lenie Rose Balbastro of International Electronics, who competed as "Ms. Pinoy Express," took the first runner-up title. She bagged the NT$5,000 cash prize, a trophy, and a crown. Balbastro was also named "Best in Casual Wear," Miss Talent, and "Best in Evening Gown."
The second runner-up title went to Erna M. Barabona of Sumiko (SET). She received NT$3,000 in cash, a trophy, and a crown. She also snagged the Ms. Photogenic award.
The other candidates were Jacqueline D.P. Lacap of NXP, who competed as "Ms. I-Remit;" and Rosario G. Gante, who vied as Ms. Stella Maris International Center. Gante was named Ms. Congeniality.
The talent competition started with a eucharistic celebration officiated by the Reverend Roger Manalo, CS and the Reverend Virgil Paredes, OAR.
Parlor games, such as the ever-popular "bring me" contest, were also held.
Lilia de Guzman, officer-in-charge and welfare officer of MECO Labor in Taichung, delivered the opening remarks.
Edmund Miguel O. Tangco, head of MECO's Kaohsiung extension office, introduced the guest speaker, MECO Board Director Manuel A. Barcelona. In his speech, Barcelona extended his Christmas greetings to Filipinos in the country.
Members of the St. Joseph Cultural Dance Troupe served as the day's choreographers. The board of judges is composed of Antonio Kho, who also served as the chairman of the judging panel; Dr. Charlie Que; Dr. Grace Yang; Julie Elvena; and Irene Ng.
Special song numbers were rendered by Wilson Villar and Clide Clidero. The Reverend Roger Manalo, the St. Joseph Cultural Dance Troupe, and the Chun Yu Boys wowed the audience with their dance moves.
Wu Ching Pin, director general of the Kaohsiung City Government's Bureau of Labor; NEPZ Deputy Director General Jui Ching; Effie Dizon of OSE; and other special guests graced the annual affair.
ASE, OSE, NXP Semiconductors, Chun Yu, George Chen of Protek, WUS, Chi Mei, IST, Formosa Plastics and Hitachi made the event even more successful with their prize donations. The talent search's major sponsors also included MECO, Nantze and Kaohsiung Export Processing Zone Administrations, NEPZ Dormitory, Green House Dormitory, Department of Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, SSS, I-remit, Pinoy Express, Metrobank, Mariners Internet Cafe, Pinoy Food House, Emma's Shop, Dr. Tsai, and Jojo Respineda.
Carmina Salvador and Dexter Dy facilitated the event.
Meanwhile, five lovely Filipinas will be competing today in Taitung's first "Miss Migrant" competition. The event will be held at the Queen of Apostles Church on Paosang Road.
The day will start with a eucharistic celebration that will be officiated by the Reverend Francis Philip Lin. A delicious lunch, sponsored by Dr. Allan Phang, will be served at the parish.
The candidates are Maria Cecilia "Letlet" Alfonso, Marissa Bragado, Mavis Agustin, Grace Gallardo and the queen of Cagayan Valley, Aileen Noriega.
"This is more than just a beauty pageant," Diana Jerieka Rosauro, organizer of the inaugural "Miss Migrant" search, told Kabayan in an earlier interview. "This is a contest that honors not only beauty but also brains. More importantly, this is a fun way of raising funds for the Queen of Apostles Parish Church in Taitung. We are getting the community involved."
The event is also the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Christmas gift to the church's Taiwanese and Filipino parishioners. "It's only fitting that we'll be holding our search on December 23. Since it's Christmas, we want to produce a memorable, colorful and meaningful event for our community," said Rosauro, adding that Sisters Teresa Mabasa and Matilde Serneo had served as their key advisers.
The five contestants will be vying in five categories namely casual wear, national costume, long gown, talent, and intelligence. In addition to the Miss Migrant 2007 crown, other titles will be up for grabs such as Miss Piety (first runner-up), Miss Charity (second runner-up), Miss Hope (third runner-up) and Miss Faith (fourth runner-up).
A special prize - "Miss People's Choice" award - will also be conferred to the candidate who raises the most money for the parish, Rosauro said. A Miss Friendship award will also be conferred to one of the candidates.
Jeffrey Alejo and Jun Banayat will be serenading the contestants as they show off their long gowns.
The event has already received the support of Filipinos who are married to Taiwanese in Taitung, Pinoy professionals, and Philippine goods and service companies, Rosauro said.
"Organizing this fundraising is the Filipino community's way of saying thank-you to Sister Mathy Serneo and the wonderful people of the Queen of Apostles Parish Church," she said.
The Queen of Apostles Church is located at No. 3, Lane 399, Paosang Rd., Taitung.

Updated : 2021-08-02 17:55 GMT+08:00