NEW MISS PHILIPPINES OF MICHIGAN. Newly crowned Miss Philippine of Michigan 2014-2016 Meaghan Penning (with crown) beams as she poses for photographers together with the five other candidates, namely (from right) Yasmin Caridad, Jamielyn Howard, Danielle Purtell (1st runner-up), Martenni Ramsey, and Christina Pozon. The pageant was held last August 23 at St. John Armenian Banquet and Conference Center in Southfield. (Photo by Percy Antonio).
NEW MISS PHILIPPINES OF MICHIGAN. Newly crowned Miss Philippine of Michigan 2014-2016 Meaghan Penning (with crown) beams as she poses for photographers together with the five other candidates, namely (from right) Yasmin Caridad, Jamielyn Howard, Danielle Purtell (1st runner-up), Martenni Ramsey, and Christina Pozon. The pageant was held last August 23 at St. John Armenian Banquet and Conference Center in Southfield. (Photo by Percy Antonio).

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The candidates for Miss Philippines-Michigan 2016 are now in the thick of rehearsals for the beauty pageant that will be held in the evening of Aug. 13, 2016 at the St. John’s Banquet and Conference Center on Northwestern Highway, Southfield.

Meanwhile, Rose Caoagas, chairperson of the pageant committee, reported that two candidates, Moriash Conley and Allain Villadores, have withdrawn from the contest due to conflict of the practice schedule with their work.

Caoagas also reported that the members of the board of judges have already been appointed, but their names will be disclosed on the day of the pageant.

The candidates will be judged on their beauty, poise, personality, talents, and overall stage presence.

The reigning Miss Philippines-Michigan is Meaghan Penning of Bay City.

The Miss Philippines-Michigan beauty contest is a flagship, fund-raising project of the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO), the umbrella organization of 40 Filipino associations in Michigan.

FILAMCCO President Ryan Rosario said the bulk of the proceeds from the contest will be turned over to the Filamcco Foundation, the charity arm of FILAMCCO. The foundation headed by President Ernestina Mac will use the money for projects benefiting the less fortunate in Michigan and the Philippines.

The foundation also holds, administers, and disburses funds exclusively to provide food and medical relief for the poor and underprivileged and to victims of natural disaster and to provide technical and material assistance to poor and underprivileged people in developing and third-world countries.

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Caogas said the rehearsals are being held every Sunday usually at the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan in Southfield. The pace of the rehearsals will be increased as the pageant date approaches.

The program will start promptly at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $45 each (includes dinner).

For more information and ticket reservations, individuals or parties intending the attend pageant are asked to call any one of the following: Rose Caoagas at telephone 586-693-0406;  Carmen Concepcion (event co-chair), 734-788-0951; Ryan Rosario, 586-808-4568; and Arcie Gemino, 586-214-2597.