Candidates for Miss Philippines perform at a hotel in Quezon City in April. Photo: AFP

What’s behind the Philippine obsession with beauty queens?

  • A shallow, exploitative spectacle in an image-obsessed society? Or a valuable opportunity for young women to get ahead?
  • Love it or hate it, the beauty pageant has deep roots in the Philippines, combining regional pride with glitzy spectacle
Topic |   The Philippines

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Candidates for Miss Philippines perform at a hotel in Quezon City in April. Photo: AFP
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Jessarie Dumaguing has set her sights on one of the Binibining Pilipinas crowns. Photo: SCMP

A Philippine Cinderella: from domestic helper to Miss Universe?

  • Jessarie Dumaguing worked as domestic helper when she was 11 to help her aunt make ends meet
  • Now she has set her sights on winning a crown at Binibining Pilipinas, which would propel her onto the international stage
Topic |   Beauty

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Jessarie Dumaguing has set her sights on one of the Binibining Pilipinas crowns. Photo: SCMP
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