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Miss Manila 2014 aims to raise funds for dialysis machines

Miss Manila candidates (Bhenj Agustin)

Miss Manila candidates (Bhenj Agustin)

Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada hopes for his Miss Manila project to raise enough money for purchase of at least 100 dialysis machines meant for their beneficiary, the non-profit institution named the Dialysis Center of MARE Foundation Inc.

“Libre ito para sa mga mahihirap. Maraming mahihirap ang namamatay na lang dahil sa hindi kaya yung sinisingil at pag-gamot sa dialysis…eh madalas pa ay two sessions sila a week so the poor can’t afford that,” Estrada said at the presentation of the Miss Manila candidates held at Diamond Hotel a few days ago, with finals set for June 24 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Manila Mayor Joseph 'Erap' Estrada (Bhenj Agustin)

Manila Mayor Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada (Bhenj Agustin)

The dialysis machines will be brought to the new Gat Andres Hospital, he added.

The screening of the candidates was held at the Palacio de Maynila last month. Of course only naturally born female residents of the City of Manila were considered, along with other criteria.

The 30 candidates to vie for the million peso cash and the honor of being the city’s ambassadress are: Katrina Reyes, Lori Ann Mei Lontoc, Nikki Udani, Queenie Bautista, Samantha Page Haire, Kayesha Clauden Chua, Julian Avrine Flores, Ruth Sabrina Linganay, Angelina Gabrena Ong, Alexandra Adbon, Agatha Lei Romero, Leona Paula Santicruz, Justine Felizarta, Mharyel Tapia, Allhia Charmaine Estores, Susanne Samantha Stefanowitz, Bernadette Paez, Princess Angela Abella, Alyssa Jasareno, Nina Ricci Manangan, Judy Chua, Shymain Macaso, Jennifer Ann Mangarin, Ana Catherine Louise Langitan, Krischelle Halili, Mary Monique Angelika Trinidad, Michelle Abcede, Arielle Tumanut, Cheska Laurente, and Shiela Mae Morales.

Jackie Ejercito-Lopez, co-chairperson of Miss Manila 2014, said that different personalities will comprise the judges’ panel. They include actors, photographers, doctors and possibly ambassadors.

Asked to comment on their family member Sen. Jinggoy Estrada who is being linked to the PDAF controversy, the mayor said that “sabi ko sa kaniya, wala kang kasalanan, wala kang dapat na ikatakot.”

The Miss Manila 2014 coronation night being presented by International Container Terminal Services, Inc., co-presented by Lucky China Town. Official residence is Manila Pavilion Hotel. Media partners are PBO, Viva Channel, Manila Bulletin, Pinas FM 95.5, 96.3 Easy Rock, 97.9 Home Radio, DzRH and DWIZ. Other supporters are NAO do Brasil Philippines and BoardWalk.

Miss Manila has a voting component for its People’s Choice Award. These can be cast till June 23 at 12 p.m.