Sometimes it’s tough being an American expat in the Philippines. I’m married to a lovely, loving, loyal Filipina wife and surrounded by some of the most beautiful exotic women and sexy girls on the face of this whirling globe we call Earth. I’m treated like a celebrity and have absolutely no household chores. We have a maid now. While I’m not living in paradise, I’m not too far from it. We even have less brownouts since moving back to Guimaras, our home province, last October, than we ever had before. What more could I guy want, other than a COLD bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen.
And during the recent Manggahan (Mango) Festival on the island province, known for the sweetest mangoes in the world, I had the pleasure of kicking back and enjoy the talent show which was part of the annual Mutya ng Guimaras, Pearl of Guimaras, beauty pageant. I was accompanied by my spouse and Papa Duck and his Asawa Anne.
Yeah, my wife attends these beauty pageants with me. She’s very understanding. Though I doubt she believes my excuse that I go to these events because the “guys on my website like this kind of stuff.
There were ten contestants in this year’s beauty pageant, a parade of pretty pinays, Two gorgeous Filipinas from each of the five municipalities in the province.
Most of the participants did dance routines and were allowed dance partners. The crowd packed into the hot and humid gymnasium were appreciative but reserved, as is the case of most events I’ve attended in the Philippines. The only time I’ve heard any rowdy crowd reactions were when kano’s like myself were involved (and I’ve made a spectacle of myself at one or two Manggahan Festivals in the past. Just ask my asawa or Fearless Frank from Florida.)
Fearless Frank and friends
I had two obvious favorites at the talent contest. The sexy jungle girl, Christine C. Chavez, shown in the lead photo and the above picture. This stunning Filipina beauty had the most elaborate theme and turned out eventually to be the winner of the whole Mutya ng Guimaras, Pearl of Guimaras, beauty pageant for 2014, though I don’t think she won the talent show portion (but in my opinion, should have.)
The new queen, Christine C. Chavez
All contestants had to buy their own costumes and any outfits for their partners along with their props, such as the bamboo cage the jungle girl, with an actual live snake draped around her neck, used in her elaborate production.
The pretty pinay shown in the photo above and below did not work with any dance partner. She didn’t need one. To be honest, I got as close to the stage as I could to get these pictures. Can you blame me? This was my second favorite routine, after the jungle girl, and I don’t think I have to tell you why.
Papa Duck and his Asawa Anne, along with my sainted, patient wife, sat in the bleachers as I dashed about, jockeying positions with obviously professional photographers with a lot bigger equipment than me. And when I say “bigger equipment,” I’m referring to their cameras of course. My wife’s Sony CyberShot couldn’t match the firepower of those phototogs around me, and I’m seriously thinking of upgrading to a better camera.
I believe the program lasted an hour and only started 30 minutes late. Not bad for a country that thrives on “Filipino Time.” All the pretty pinays in the pageant were obviously far more attractive and talented than me, and put on an entertaining show. Congratulations to Mutya ng Guimaras, Pearl of Guimaras’s winner, Christine C. Chavez,and congratulations to all the young ladies involved in this year’s pageant.