Girls ready for Miss Philippines
CULTURAL AMBASSADORS: Miss Philippines finalists Carla Ross, Shanarra Drake, Renee Cahill and Alana Walker have been raising funds WHILE these girls are all beautiful on the outside, when Miss Philippines is announced in Townsville later this year, the winner’s beauty will be more than skin deep.
The five finalists who have just been selected to take part in the inaugural event will all be trying to raise as much money as possible for their chosen charity in a bid to win the title.
One of those entrants, Renee Cahill, has an added reason for wanting to take part.
‘‘ My mother has breast cancer and so this is out of respect for her,’’ the 21-year-old said. ‘‘ I’m hoping to raise more than $ 10,000.’’ The winner will be announced at the annual Filipino Festival in June after a rigorous fundraising effort by the entrants.
It will be the first year Ms Cahill attends the festival, which has become one community events in the city.
More than 5000 people turned up to support the inaugural event in 2009.
‘‘ I have just moved back from Sydney but I love Townsville.,’’ Ms Cahill said
Filipino Australian Affiliation of North Queensland president Maria Tremewan said Miss Philippines would receive a crown as well as the chance to donate to their charity of choice.
The theme of this year’s festival is Christmas in June with a mixture of Filipino youth and experience set to entertain, inform and promote proud Filipino traditions, representing a society which has been part of the Townsville community for 24 years.