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CULTURAL PAGEANTRY: www.maginooatbinibini.nz
AUCKLAND – The Maginoo at Binibining Filipino News show is claiming the crown for being the leading ‘cultural pageant’ in New Zealand. Ironically, the cultural focus of this event also sets it apart from mainstream ‘beauty pageants’.
“From the outset our mission was to create a cultural show where young people can proudly display the festival costumes of the Philippines on the catwalk for all to see and in the process get up close to their rich cultural heritage,” says producer, Sheila Mariano.
“The cultural segment was actually one of my favourite parts of the show,” says Seresa Lapaz gleefully. The 1st Runner-up Binibining Filipino News 2014 adds that: “I really love the idea of our Filipino culture being portrayed in a joyous, carnival atmosphere. That’s why I chose to represent the Panagbenga Festival, because it is colourful and very popular in the Philippines as well.”
Ayana Menorca, Binibining Filipino News 2014, agrees with Lapaz. “One of my favourite segments of the show was festival wear. I got to know more about the festivals in the Philippines.”
Miguel Efondo, Maginoo Filipino News 2014, also felt that this was more of a cultural event. “We got to meet Filipinos from mixed marriages and other Filipino youth. We shared our memories of living in the Philippines.”
The scale and grandeur of the opening number featuring festival costumes was spectacular, say the contestants we spoke with for this story. “I thought it would be a simple dance to the sound of drums,” says Efondo. “And then on the day itself I saw these huge costumes. I felt as if we were in a street parade … The dancing and festival atmosphere took me back to the Philippines.”
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