Saving the ocean through beauty

Inquirer Libre - Davao - - PANGUNAHING PAHINA - By Armin P. Adina

AFTER a strong showing in the six-year run of the Miss Scuba International pageant, including a victory in 2015 by Cindy Madduma, the local search for the country’s representative to the ocean-centric beauty contest is rolling out with an impressive batch of contestants.

Now under the auspices of Madduma, the first Filipino to bag the crown, the 2017 Miss Scuba Philippines pageant introduced 15 contestants from around the country at the press presentation held at the Belmont Hotel at the Newport City in Pasay City recently.

“I pledge to take the challenge with a greater responsibility by forging on as an agent of change, a symbol of hope an a voice of our oceans,” Madduma said.

Madduma’s victory came after a strong second-place finish by Christine Bernasor in 2013.

Meryl Angeline King, who competed in the global stage last year, also placed second.

“The Philippines, being an archipelago, located at the apex of the coral triangle, is known as the world’s richest marine biodiversity, and premiere eco-tourism destination. However, marine conservation and protection remained to be a challenge, as to this day,” Madduma explained.

The 2017 Miss Scuba Philippines coronation night will be staged at The Plaza of Newport Mall at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on Oct. 10.

PHOTOS BY ARMIN P. ADINA

FIFTEEN candidates from around the country are participating in this year ’s search for the Philippines’ representative to the 2017 Miss Scuba International pageant, which promotes the preservation and protection of the world’s aquatic resources.

MISAMIS Oriental’s Sherlyn Doloriel (center) was voted by media men as ‘Darling of the Press’ at the presentation of candidates held at Belmont Hotel in Pasay City recently. Tying for second place were Southern Leyte’s El Fel Banaybanay (second from left) and Legaspi City’s Angela Valdes.

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