Preggies compete in Maguindanao pageant

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 Sept) – It’s not just the young ladies anymore who can compete in beauty pageants.

In this municipality, pregnant women climbed up the stage to show their beauty in the first “Reyna ng mga Buntis 2015.”

“We would like to showcase the beauty and talent of our pregnant mothers and how they maintain beautiful faces and bodies,” said Rebecca Tenorio, public health nurse of South Upi.

The mothers representing 11 villages showed what they got during the town’s 39th founding anniversary Tuesday.

“They acted like they were never pregnant, they danced like they carry no babies in their wombs,” Tenorio said of the mothers beaming in maternity dresses. A sports attire competition was also included in the show.

One contestant performed a modern dance number during the talent show while another highlighted her tribal community by performing a lumad dance.

Tenorio said the event was part of the “Buntis Congress” of the municipal health office which aims to show that pregnancy is a symbol of beauty and should be showcased to show a healthy pregnant mother.

The town is also celebrating September as “Peace Month,” and a Tri-Puso walk was held earlier with Muslims, Christians and Lumads participating from three different directions and converged at the town center. A prayer for peace followed to maintain the prevailing peaceful coexistence.

The Jollibee mascot was also invited to entertain young children who, since birth, have not seen the mascot of the popular food chain. They enjoyed the fried chicken and spaghetti for lunch.