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Gulf Daily News
Sunday, 12th October 2014
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Pageant winner vows
to help needy
A FILIPINA beauty contest
winner has vowed to use her
new found fame and fortune
to help those less fortunate
than herself.
Kristine Grace Reyes was
crowned Miss Philippines Bahrain last month – the first to
hold the title since the contest
went on hiatus in 2009.
The 22-year-old told the
GDN that she was “delighted
and overwhelmed” with the
honour, which will also see
her become the goodwill ambassador for Overseas Filipino
Workers in Bahrain.
“This is the first time I have
taken part in a beauty pageant
so I didn’t expect to win,” she
“In the beginning, my parents were against me participating in this contest, as in our
culture they don’t see it as a
good thing.
“But later, when they saw
my abilities and enthusiasm at
taking part, they gave their permission.
“They are happy that I
reached this level, and are sup-
n Ms Reyes, right, after being crowned
porting me in every step forward.
“I am blessed and overwhelmed with the support and
care I am receiving after winning the crown.
“I did not expect the response I have had not only from
the Filipinos, but from different
communities – and to my surprise after I was crowned, my
followers on Facebook jumped
to hundreds and everyone calls
me Beauty Queen.”
Ms Reyes has sworn to donate 10 per cent of her $1,500
(BD565) cash prize to a charity
organisation based in her home
province of Pampanga in the
“My friend works for a charity and she is raising funds to
build a school,” said Ms Reyes.
“I want to be part of this noble cause and will donate 10pc
of the cash prize I won.
“It’s a small amount but as
the saying goes ‘every penny
counts’, so I will donate this
amount and keep on donating
in future.”
First runner-up in the pageant was 18-year-old Layla
Yousif, followed by Joebelle
Capuloy, 26, and Maria Alice
Rodelias, 22.
Miss Philippines Bahrain
was organised by the Filipino
Club in collaboration with the
Filipina Ikaw Na (FIN), which
is a women’s group tackling
concerns and challenges facing
women from the Philippines.
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n Ms Reyes, right, reacts after being announced pageant
winner as Ms Yousif looks on
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