Since crowning its last Miss Teen Philippines (MTP) in 2007, the Miss Teen Philippines beauty pageant is back to resume its annual quest to find the country’s most beautiful teen and fitting advocate for education.
With its relaunch, the pageant organizers have enlisted six industry icons to form the Miss Teen Philippines Advisory Council, who are commissioned to inspire and mentor this year’s candidates.
The council members include actresses and former beauty queens Ruffa Gutierrez and Lara Quigaman; model, TV host, and personality development coach Bianca Valerio; makeup artist to the stars Robbie Piñera; celebrity hairstylist and entrepreneur Jing Monis; teen style icon, designer, and social media star Laureen Uy; and actress, TV host, endorser, and model Jasmine Curtis-Smith.
"When they asked me to be the face of MTP, I readily said yes,” says Jasmine.
“It's not every day that you get to endorse or be a part of something worthwhile.
"Miss Teen Philippines is a pageant that is focused more on a young woman’s substance instead of just her superficial beauty—and that says a lot about how women today should be regarded.
"We live in a time when intelligence and confidence is highly regarded anywhere in the world, and MTP's focus on the importance of education is truly an advocacy I would like to be associated with.”
Kathy Arceo, Miss Teen Philippines' organizer, explains why these particular people were picked to be part of the pageants' council:
"Besides being icons in their industries, we felt that each of them had something very significant to offer all our young candidates, in almost every aspect of their personas—from beauty and style, personality development, intelligence and most especially, a strong sense of self and confidence to face the world to represent our country."
Miss Teen Philippines is a nationwide search for a female youth role model, who can inspire teens to get ahead in life through education.
With its thrust to promote global readiness through education, Miss Teen Philippines acquired the endorsement and partnership of the Department of Education and the National Youth Commission.
Through its re-launch this year, Miss Teen Philippines also wants to cement its rightful claim of being the first and original teen beauty pageant of the Philippines.
“There have been some organizers who have tried to use the pageant’s name or some semblance of it.
"We, however, own the pageant's registered trademark, so it’s safe to say that we alone have the legal right to mount the pageant and use the title of Miss Teen Philippines.
"We hope that this would be respected by those who might want to mount a pageant using the title, as not to encounter any legal problems,” adds Miss Teen Philippines’ Legal Director Atty. Vicente O. Caoille Jr.
The pageant is open to all single, young Pinays, 13 to 18 years old, and enrolled in any educational institution within the country.
They have to be socially aware of issues facing teens today, and should not only be beautiful, but also confident, articulate, and passionate about making a positive difference in society.
Deadline of application is on March 8.
The final 35 national candidates will be picked from the winners from the regional pre-qualification pageants in seven key cities in the country. Regional mall-based mini-pageants in designated cities will be held.
Schedules for the regional pre-qualification screening pageants are as follows: Davao, March 18; CDO,March 9; Cebu, March 15; Iloilo, March 16; Naga, March 22 and Manila, March 23.
Finally, five winners per key city will be chosen to be part of the thirty-five Miss Teen Philippines national candidates to vie for the title during the grand coronation pageant night to be held in Manila on May 31, 2014.
This year’s winner of Miss Teen Philippines will be privileged to become DepEd’s Education Ambassadress, a delegate to the Southeast Asian Youth Program and National Youth Parliament.
She will also have a chance to interface and be mentored by the members of the Board of the World Academy for the Future of Women (WAFW) and other women global change makers.
“I would like to call on all young women ages 13 to18 to step up to the plate and claim that chance to be crowned 2014's Miss Teen Philippines, and join our advocacy to promote among our Filipino youth the value of education,” Jasmine says.
“This is so much more than a beauty pageant, girls. It's a chance to make a difference.”
For applications and information, please log on to www.missteenphils.org, or get in touch with the Miss Teen Philippine Secretariat at (02)8112151.