Sexy Filipinas and Daring Dancers at Manggahan

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 annuaMutya 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 from Florida in Guimaras

Fearless Frank and friends


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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.) 

Guimaras Beauty Queen

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. 
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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. 


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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. 


Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

10 thoughts on “Sexy Filipinas and Daring Dancers at Manggahan

  1. Dave,
    Have to agree with you on your picks. At first I didn’t think the snake was real, but that quickly changed. We had a great time there. All the acts really did a good job.

    1. I didn’t think the snake was real, either, Papa Duck. Melinda’s not crazy about snakes, she had pythons hanging on the trees in her backyard where she grew up. She was afraid to go in the backyard at night. Can’t blame her. 

  2. Dave – Considering you're only using a Cybershot, you're getting pretty good pics. Of course the subject is always more important than the photographer – so easy to get good pics at a beauty pageant in the Philippines.


    But I agree that you owe it to your readership to upgrade! And go to more pageants!

    1. Yep, DaveW, even a bonehead like me can get decent shots if the subject matter is good. Hard to take a bad picture when I’m surrounded by such pretty pinays at these events. Haven’t told the asawa about the new camera plans yet, but I’m buying her a new wash machine next with all the bells and whistles to soften her up for the new camera. 🙂

      1. Dave,
        The new camera sounds like a good idea. But we are grateful for the great photos you already provide for us. Melinda will like the new washer. We ended up getting an LG washer. Works great. Real quiet. Got a good deal. Marked down from 37000p to 24000p at SM. A little bigger capacity than the Samsung which was 22000p. The guy who installed our washer said he’s worked with LG’s for 15 years and never a problem.

        1. Happy to provide the pics, Papa Duck, I always enjoy taking them. I’ve laid down strict orders for the new washer (which we will buy next month): NO HAND WASHING OF CLOTHES BEFORE THEY GO INTO THE WASH MACHINE! Our cheap, P4,600, Sanyo piece of plastic crap, which we bought this past January, is already in the repair shop (but still under warranty and the warranty is being honored.) But even when the Sanyo comes back, everyone will still handwash the laundry before it goes into the machine. Kind of defeats the whole purpose of having a wash machine.

          Glad to hear the LG is going to work out for you. When I did a search last year regarding wash machines, I found a lot of negative reports on the LG, but if your installer has never had any issues with them in 15 years, that’s good news. 

  3. That looked like something that I'd like to have been at, but for some reason my wife doesn't tell me about any beauty pageants they have around here.  Well there was one talent show, but the oldest participant was only 8 years old.  Maybe I'll get to go to one some day and be able to report it in my blog too.

    1. I agree, Christine, pictures would have been much better. But I’m going to upgrade to a better camera soon and will make sure I record the next talent contest at Manggahan. Great to be back. 😎

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