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(There was only one beauty queen I could think of when I wrote this spiel. Guess who? It’s Lara Dutta: Miss Universe 2000 from India. She’s the most eloquent beauty queen I’ve ever seen and heard talking—since she delivered her answers with unmatched aplomb to all the tough questions asked at the Miss Universe 2000 pageant held in Cyprus. Sometimes I wonder: “If only I could suck her brains. . . .”)

Global Readiness Through Education“—that’s the theme of Miss Teen Philippines. Our winner will serve as an active member of the Philippine Delegation to the Southeast Asian Youth Program as well as the National Youth Parliament. And because she believes that “education is the key to success” and with her title that totally translates to an inspiration to the youth of today, what better way to hit upon that perfect girl who will embody our no-nonsense advocacy for education than letting them speak their minds out? Candidates # 1 through 9 may remain onstage, while the rest may now hold their tongues in the backstage.


By Ariel Allosada Allera; Beauty Spotted by Ariel Allera; Malabuyoc, Cebu, Philippines