NEWLY CROWNED. Mrs. Philippines-Michigan 2013 Carol Ambas (2nd from left) is shown in photo shortly after she was crowned by Mrs. Philippines-Michigan 2011 Mary Heart Peterson (2nd from right), who was assisted by former FILAMCCO President Van Ong (left) and incumbent FILAMCCO President Ryan Rosario (right). The crowing rites capped the beauty pageant held on Aug. 17, 2013 at the St. John Banquet and Conference Center in Southfield. (Photo by Percy Antonio)

[box type=”default” size=”large”] FILAMCCO to hold instead “Stars of Tomorrow” fashion show [/box]

The Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO) has cancelled the Mrs. Philippines-Michigan beauty contest due to “waning interest” in the pageant, FILAMCCO President Ryan Rosario announced.

Staged every two years, the pageant was supposed to be held on Aug. 26, 2017 at St. John’s Banquet and Conference Center in Southfield.

Rosario said that instead of the Mrs. Philippines-Michigan contest, FILAMCCO will hold the “Stars of Tomorrow” fashion show on Sept. 10, 2017 at the Philippine American Cultural Center (PACCM) in Southfield.

Rosario also said that a drive to recruit candidates for the Mrs. Philippines-Michigan beauty competition failed with only two ladies registering for the contest.

Earlier, FILAMCCO eased the rules governing the qualifications of candidates for the Mrs. Philippines-Michigan title to allow single mothers, divorcees and widows to join the contest.

It was expected that the easing of the rules would draw more candidates. But despite the relaxation of the rules, no one showed interest in joining the pageant.

It was presumed that Anna Cho, the current Mrs. Philippines-Michigan, will continue to wear the crown until her successor is chosen. Cho’s two-year reign is set to expire next month.

Meanwhile, FILAMCCO launched the “Stars of the Tomorrow” project by announcing it is now recruiting models in the fashion show.

Rosario said that the participants should be six years old to 17 years old and should attend the rehearsals which will be held at PACCM.

Rosario also said the fashion show is a joint undertaking of FILAMCCO and PACCM. The proceeds will be used to fund projects of both organizations.

For further information, prospective participants in the fashion show are asked to call any one of the following:

Menchu Concepcion, tel. 734-788-0951; Dr. Ernie Mac, 248-641-8993; Ryan Rosario, 586-808-4568; Tonilee Martinez, 810-877-1029; Arcie Gemino, 586-214-2597; Becky Tungol, 248-755-6119; and Tony Kho, 248-755-6122.

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