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12 candidates sign up for ‘Queen of the World’ gay pageant

TWELVE candidates have already signed up for the “Queen of the World” gay pageant that will be the highlight of the 14th anniversary of Bayani or the Heroes Association on Saipan.

Bayani president Mario Mayuga said they will accept four more candidates for the fundraising pageant which will be held on July 18, Saturday, at the Saipan World Resort with IT&E as a major sponsor.

A candidate must be at least 21 year old and a Filipino citizen, and the contestants will compete in national costume, talent, lingerie, evening gown and interview categories.

“We came up with this event due to public demand,” event coordinator Annamae Adaza said.

The event, she added, will be entertaining and will feature the talents, fashion and creativity of the Filipino gay community.

In the Philippines, “gay” includes transgender people and “drag queens.”

The “Queen of the World” will get $600; first runner up, $500; second runner up, $400; third runner up, $300; and fourth runner up, $200.

Special awards and cash prizes will be given to Ms. Photogenic, Best in National Costume, Ms. Congeniality, Best in Talent, Best in Evening Gown and Best in Lingerie.

Organizers will also announce the Texters Choice Award through IT&E.

Mayuga said proceeds from the event will be used to defray the cost of the costumes used by the Bayani Association in the upcoming International Festival of Cultures.

The deadline for the submission of Queen of the World gay pageant applications is May 9, Saturday.

A general meeting for all candidates is set for May 16, Thursday, at the Saipan Music & Dance Studio, starting at 8 p.m.

Bayani is still looking for additional donors and sponsors and those interested may call Bayani president Mario Mayuga at 285-1021, Bayani vice president Leonila Mendoza at 287-7563, event coordinator Annamae Adaza at 483-5237 or event director Ernie Molina at 789-8212.