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Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen 2022 Top 12 Finalists bare their hearts in Queens For A Cause
October 25, 2022
The Top 12 candidates of Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen 2022 brought more than just looks into the limelight as they presented their advocacies in the pageant’s Queen’s For A Cause segment.
Hosted by Love Radio Manila’s DJ Raqi Terra and Easy Rock Manila’s DJ Nick, this is the third leg of the competition where the candidates will share a community project she supports, explaining her involvement and dreams for it.
A follow-up question will also be thrown by the moderator, DJ Sexy Megan of Yes The Best Manila to shed more light on what or who they stand for.
Sophia Noreen Guillermo witnessed how the Province of Ilocos Norte reeled from the COVID-19 pandemic. Her fellow kailians whose livelihood, public services, and opportunities were severely impacted pushed her to help promote their local tourism. “Ilocos Norte continues to work in sustaining its gains in local tourism. Although the pandemic is far from over, we plan to build the future better.” she concludes.
The Love Yourself organization came to the aid of Nadine Faith McCoy when she struggled with self-love and acceptance. She wants to reciprocate that which is why she chose them as a beneficiary. Apart from being the leading HIV advocacy group in the country, the Cebu City representative says, “Love Yourself is an initiative started by a community of peers that aims to provide a safe and affirming space where people can feel listened to, supported, and accepted.”
Dana Gabrielle Tautho of Davao City has always considered herself as an “environmentally and socially-mindful individual.” Taking a step higher, she partnered with the Matigsalug Tribe for her One Apparel, One Tree program where proceeds of every apparel purchased from their enterprise will be directly utilized for the tree-growing activities by procuring the seedlings. The project aims to raise awareness about restoring our environment to sequester carbon dioxide emissions.
“These dreams are made to be told and their voices are made to be heard.” Kristell Candice Pagdagdan says as she introduces Arandurugan Para Sa Mga Kaakian outreach program under the Guinobatan Children’s Organization. The Albayanon used to think that her dreams will be denied, but she was able to overcome it with the support of the said organization. Now that she has the capability to share her story and extend her help, she believes that this is the right time to give back to her community.
The replication of Sagup Negros, a food waste mitigation initiative that provides income support to market vendors and unemployed mothers in Negrosanon communities is Jeaven Iyl Musni’s vision. She explained that food wastes collected contribute greatly to the climate crisis leading to all other environmental risks and hazards. The project is done to build a more sustainable society that can benefit the needs of the people and the planet. “Isagup ang pagkaon [Save our Food]. Isagup ang kalibutan [Save our World]. Isagup ang buwas damlag [Save our Future].” the Bacolodnon calls for collective action.
Jackelaine Fleming took the viewers to Little Lamb Center (Missionaries of the Poor), an institution housing abandoned children who suffer from cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and autism. The Cebuana was seen handing over supplies while narrating how heartbreaking it was for her to witness how lacking the children are in their basic daily needs. Her tears fell as she recited a prayer for who she considers as her little angels.
Dedicating her act to the people of Buenavista, Agusan Del Norte where fishing is a primary livelihood, Martina Mikael De La Rama came forward with her support for the Kalanggaman and Tangke Fisherfolks Association. These associations protect and provide livelihood programs for the fisherfolk, combat illegal fishing, and protect the oceans in hopes of breaking the shackles of poverty.
Marikit Manaois works for a non-government organization that focuses on eradicating wastes by turning it into something usable. Aside from going around the country to talk about the importance of zero waste management and encouraging communities to follow suit, the Baguio City candidate also introduced Solid Waste On Wheels. This is a machine built by JFGR Solid Waste Management and Solutions that turns waste into organic fertilizers for the biodegradables and by-products for the non-biodegradables that can be mixed in cements.
Coming from the Rice Granary of the Philippines, Maica Martinez stands with the people behind every grain of rice and produce — the farmers. Through the Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen platform, the Novo Ecijana appeals to continue her city’s Magsasaka Bida Sa Cabanatuan’s programs and projects that uplift the lives of farmers, creating sustainable food production and security for a bountiful harvest and affordable farm produce. She is even more determined to win this fight following the onslaught of Typhoon Karding which caused ₱3-Billion worth of agricultural damage in her hometown.
“No children should ever be deprived. No children should ever be not a child.” Thañamae Cahilig affirms her condemnation of Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC). She joins forces with Rancho Ni Cristo — an aftercare center for children who have been OSEC victims in Cebu. She cited that the island of Cebu has one of the highest rates of trafficking and sexual abuse including internet pornography. She stressed the importance of creating a safe space for children and their future.
Nikki Shannen Ortega is a champion of cultural preservation. Featuring the Bagobo Tagabawa tribe, she desires to enlighten and inform mainstream society and the government about the importance of our indigenous people and our culture. She believes that a quality education for them means education that is well-resourced, culturally-sensitive, and respectful of heritage. Together with the Sibulan IP Youth Organization, the Davaoeña wants to invite, promote, and educate everyone to help conserve our culture.
The Alternative Learning System (ALS) gave Kassandra Avena of Caramoan, Camarines Sur the lenses to see that there is still hope for out-of-school youth, children with special cases, and adults. Her charitable program, ALS Caramoan North District, dutifully engages and immerses in communities far from modernization and literacy even without salary. She dreams of establishing a livelihood for the town’s development and the families of ALS Learners, and additional needed funds for the ALS Volunteers.
Apart from the Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen 2022 winner, first and second runners-up, their chosen charitable programs shall also receive cash prizes. The decision lies in the panel of judges consisting of radio broadcaster Deo Macalma, pageant blogger Tristan Harvey Francisco, Miss Aura International 2021 Alexandra Faith Garcia, Actress Ana Abad-Santos, Tanduay Digital Brand Manager Edzel Ty, and ACS Media Agency representative Allen Yotoko.
The Top 12 finalists must give it their all in the last leg of the competition, the Evening Gown and Question & Answer on October 29, 2022. This will be streamed live on Aliwan Fiesta’s Facebook page and on all social media platforms of MBC: DZRH, Love Radio, Yes The Best, Easy Rock, Aksyon Radyo, and Radyo Natin. The shows will also be telecast on DZRH TV: Channel 18 on Cignal, Channel 129 on Skycable, Channel 3 on Cablelink and on hundreds of cable providers nationwide.
Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen 2022 is presented by Unique toothpaste, White Rose Papaya whitening soap, Charm fabric conditioner, DITO Telecommunity, Birch Tree, Tanduay, Palmolive Naturals Ultra.
Help your favorite candidate clinch the Netizen’s Choice Award by voting via https://vote.aliwanfiesta.com/ until October 29, 2022. For more details, you may also follow Aliwan Fiesta on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.