Pretty Pinays Parade of Photos Lost in Picasa

Sigh. Papa Duck and his Asawa Anne attended the Annual Mutya ng Guimaras, Pearl of Guimaras, beauty pageant, with my spouse and I during the world travelers’ visit to our island province home this past May. We were there for the coronation of the new queen and though I thought we had missed out on the swimsuit competition which was held in April, imagine our delight (well, OK, maybe I shouldn’t include the spouses in “our delight”) when I realized that the fabulous Filipinas would don swimsuits in this final phase of the competition. But, sadly, dear readers, my photo parade of pretty pinays in skimpy outfits got lost in Picasa, Google’s image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos. Here’ s a picture of a poster from the actual swimsuit phase of the contest which I missed.

swimsuit beauties at Manggahan Festival


Well, OK, one picture was somehow salvaged, the one shown below, but the photos with the bikini-clad beauties were wiped out during a recent computer crash. But at least the temporary malfunctioning of my computer did bring about our new WiFi from Globe and the World Wide Web to our remote rural location, when my computer tech performed his wizardry and got us a signal when no one else before could accomplish this.

Manggahan Festival 2014 part 2

But it came at a price. The loss of hundreds of pictures which I had not sent to my Picasa Web Albums. I’ve been using Google’s photo editor for around ten years. I had a ton of pictures stored on them, and have been able to rebuild the Picasa data base and retrieve some of the photos, but unfortunately, the pretty pinays parade of photos are lost for all eternity. ​

Now I’m not blaming Picasa. I could have transferred my important pictures to the Picasa Web Albums or store them on an external hard drive. But I didn’t. I’ve tried to recover those images by using some free software from the internet but nothing has worked out. If I understand all the Google research I’ve done, it looks like Picasa wasn’t storing the pictures anywhere and once they’re gone, they’re gone. 

I also attended the Mutya ng Guimaras, Pearl of Guimaras beauty pageant in 2011Here’s a picture from that 2011 article. As you can see the pretty pinays are wearing one piece swimsuits as opposed to the two piece models they wore in this year’s competition.  

Swimsuit Beauties of Guimaras

Here’s another look at the one of the cute Filipinas from the 2011 pageant. The ladies’ measurements were posted on the big screen along with their name. 




No measurements were posted in this years’ Manggahan Festival, a disturbing sign that our local home province is becoming more politically correct. Here’s a picture I took a couple of years ago during a beauty pageant at Robinsons in Iloilo City.

2012 Iloilo Festival Queen Swimsuit Competition


But sadly, again, my pretty pinays parade of photos are lost in Picasa. I’ll have to wait until next year’s Mutya ng Guimaras, Pearl of Guimaras, and make sure I download the photos on a secure site where another computer crash won’t delete them. Maybe by that time I’ll have a new digital camera, too, that will enable me take better quality photos (if only for the sake of my readers, of course.)

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.

22 thoughts on “Pretty Pinays Parade of Photos Lost in Picasa

  1. Dave,
    It’s always good to see all the great photos you provide for your readers, but seeing them in person is always better. Hope You and Melinda had a nice 4th of July. Can’t believe its already here. Time really fly’s when your not on a schedule.

    1. Didn’t do anything for the 4th, Papa Duck, aside from going to Iloilo for our monthly shopping trip. Spent last night at the emergency room here in Guimaras. Kidney stones again, terrible pain. Have to go for ultrasound today and hope the stones can be shrunk by medication.

    1. Dave,
      Sorry to hear about that. I know they are really painful. Hopefully the meds will take care of it. I remember the last time you had to go to Iloilo for treatment. We’ll be thinking about you and please keep us updated.

      1. Thanks, Papa Duck. I have an ultrasound scheduled for today at 2 pm. I’m hoping that the stones will be small enough so that medication can shrink them. I should have been drinking a LOT more water every day than I have, but I’ve learned my lesson. Don’t want to go through that pain again.

        1. sorry to hear…my papa have kidney stones due to alcohol drinking…luckily his stones can be cured by medicine…hope you are okay …..good day

        1. sad to hear that…will i know you can get through all that coz you have a loving and caring wife who take cares of you all the aew lucky to have such a wonderful woman in your life…

          1. Yes, I’m fortunate to have such a wonderful Filipina to take care of me, Rya. She, too, has been suffering with a stomach ailment for the past week but was also able to get some medical attention at our local hospital and is feeling better, too. She’s the best!

  2. yeah…how lovely to find your other behalf and be there for each other untill the end…now it’s hard to find that other behalf….i am still hoping for that if he is out there…heheheh

    1. I was 47 when I met my Filipina dream woman, Rya. I’m sure God will direct your path and lead you to the right one. Don’t settle for anything but the best. Unfortunately, two of my sister-in-laws in Manila married drunkards and shabu smokers. We now care for two of the offspring of those wayward “fathers.”

  3. that’s one my mother’s worries to end up a no good husband…she always pray for us to have a good husband and a stable happy family life…it’s hard now for their are some who looks like an angel with demons inside…i am not looking for a perfect man…i am just praying for a good respectful good provider and a father kind of man…that don’t hit a woman…some are alcoholic..lazy..womanizer and would physically and emotionally abuse a woman..a lot here..sad so..

    1. Well, Rya, there are still some good guys out there, just keep praying and searching. Unfortunately there’s some bad ones out there as one of my wife’s best friends from America discovered. Her Filipina friend had married an American who turned out to be a murderer. He now sits on death row in a jail cell in Illinois.

  4. that’s what fears have a psychotic husband…well prayers is much powerful than anything else and you are right there are still good guys out there…just had to be positive always…how did your wife’s bestfriend knew about the husband being a murderer? that’s really scary coz you don’t know a person unless you live in the samd house…and it will take a lot of years before real attitude shows up…

    1. Dale Lash, was the beast that was married to my Filipina’s wife friend (she has since divorced and no longer uses the name of Lash.) Lash was given the death sentence for the sexual assault and murder of a young mother in the small town we used to reside in, Auburn, Illinois.

      Former Illinois Governor George Ryan, a Republican, drew nationwide attention in 2003 when he deemed Illinois’ capital punishment laws flawed and emptied death row. That reignited a nationwide debate and led the state to abolish its death penalty in 2011. Ryan, himself, served five years in a federal prison for corruption before he released all the death row prisoners, including Lash.

  5. that’s really a traumatic experienced for her…well that’s the risk of marrying a total stranger..and even you are married for a long time there are still things hidden…good for her she was able to free herself from that person…i thought before that US is a free corruption country…now i know that there is no free from corruption when it comes to money…and the hunger for power and not give up the want of being on top always…easy money just so tempting and a few refuse graces like that…heheheh right dave???

    1. US corruption free country, Rya? No way. That’s a common misconception that many Filipinos that I have talked to have. Illinois, the state I am from, has had four governors that were sent to jail. The former mayor of Chicago, Daley, and the Democratic Party machine he ran would even have dead people on the voting rolls. American politicians are just as corrupt as those in the Philippines but the ones in the US are perhaps more subtle than their Filipino counterparts. Power corrupts.

  6. yeah i thought that ‘coz we look up so much to your country…the country for greener pasture as they say and we still have that notion….the problem here in the philippines the law can be bought and bend…if you have money you are not treated like other prisoners…well i think it’s how money makes the world go round…and the rich can hold it to stop on top for a long time..making the poor smash downward..

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