Girls ready for Miss Philip­pines

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham

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.

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