Licensed Civil Engr. Maria Muriel "Lala" Moral-Pandi, our country's reigning Mrs. Universe-Philippines 2010 and the first-ever Mrs. Intelligence Title winner (at the 2010 Mrs. Universe Pageant held in Lithuania), attended the 2011 Bb. Pilipinas Coronation recently (April 10) at the Big Dome (Araneta Coliseum).
Accompanied by her son Joram Pandi and brother, licensed real estate broker Don Moral, the prestigious contest and pageant event was a sort of a reunion for her with her fellow beauty queens (the previous and last year's winners).
Asked what she can say about the victory of the newly crowned 2011 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup, Lala said, "I congratulate Shamcey! Out of the 40 gorgeous aspirants, she's a very lucky lady! She really did well and stood out right from the start--a real beauty and brains! She deserves the crown and the title, as well as the awards she won. I'm really happy for her! I wish she would be the third Miss Universe of our country!"
Engr. Muriel Moral-Pandi was also a Bb. Pilipinas title holder. She was crowned Bb. Pilipinas-Maja International in 1988 and won the Miss Maja Simpatica and the Best in National Costume international awards at the 1988 Miss Maja Internatonal Competition that was held in Puerto Rico.
According to her, carrying and waving the Philippine flag and representing the country internationally in the global 2010 Mrs. Universe contest-event in Lithuania was the greatest and most memorable experience for her not to mention that she is the very first Mrs. Universe Candidate who won the first-ever-awarded Intelligence title in the Universe, the Mrs. Intelligence, thereby giving honor to our country. She made a notable world record and history as the first and the only Mrs. Intelligence of the Universe. She said all these make her truly proud to be a Filipino.
Mrs. Universe, the annual, major, global beauty competition that celebrates and honors married women and known as the noted Quest for the most honorable Woman of the Universe, was organized and started in 2007 by the 'Pramugo Akademija' Body headed by Evelina Gruzdiene of the Mrs. Universe Organization based in Bulgaria (in Europe).
The following are the Mrs. Universe title winners: 2007-Eleonora Mancheva (Bulgaria), 2008-Marika Gederte (Latvia), 2009-Vaida Ragenaite (Lithuania), and 2010-Jennika Hannussari (Finland).
Mrs. Universe was organized for these worthy cause and purpose: "To celebrate, honor, and uplift the image of today's women of the universe who are responsible for the home and family, and who play important roles not only in the family (as wives or mothers) but also in the society and global community (as career women in different fields), and to promote and uphold worldwide the significance of marriage, parenthood and family, and good family values as well... And NO to violence!" (www.mrsuniverseltd.com)
Moreover, through its annual contest-event, the aim and objective of Mrs. Universe is to foster friendly relations and international understanding among the nations of the world.
The Mrs. Universe Philanthropy, Inc. or MUPI (Love of Earth and Humankind) is the organizer of the 2011 Mrs. Universe-Philippines Search (email@example.com).
Watch for the announcement in June on the launching of the said Quest for the Philippines' official representative in the 2011 Mrs. Universe Competition and Pageant to be held in Finland in September.