A Beautiful Fight for Inclusion: Miss Possibilities Pageant 2019
“Beauty knows no boundaries”
This is the noteworthy catchphrase of Miss Possibilities Pageant of 2019. Dubbed as the first of its kind in the Philippines and in Asia, the event pioneered by the Miss Possibilities Foundation has been advocating for acceptance and support of young people with special needs through numerous seminars, charity events, medical drive, and activities which provide opportunities for young girls to showcase their unique character and charism during the pageant.
The officers and members of the Psychology Society along with their moderator Prof. Ronald Recio, and Psychology and Counseling Department Chair, Dr. Maria Victoria Trinidad, witnessed this life-changing event last September 21, 2019, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Miss Possibilities Pageant is a celebration of the capabilities and talents of people with different needs which aims to promote awareness about their inclusion in society. This pageant of young beautiful ladies enriched the stage with their creativity and genuine hearts, showcasing their inspirational stories and crafty talents, and leaving the whole crowd in awe.
This year, a great number of attendees supported the 11 beautiful ladies – including Scholastican’s pride music student Vell Baria – as they conquered the stage one by one with their stunning gowns and wit. Despite their sensory and physical limitations, they managed to confidently walk down the stage to present themselves before the audience and judges, showing how capable and independent they are.
A number of known personalities including Vicky Morales, Denise Laurel, Jeff Canoy, and Ms. Judy Ann Santos also supported the foundation by walking alongside a child, as a sign of guidance, encouragement, and unity as they fight together for inclusion and respect for every person with special needs.
Cielo Marie Guico was crowned as Miss Possibilities 2019 and the rest of the contestants also received awards – such as Miss Charming and Miss Inspirational – which showcased their strengths and talents. In this pageant, everyone gets to be a queen. Here, the participants are not in competition with each other, but instead, are supportive of each other’s uniqueness. The Psychology Society and Psychology and Counseling Department of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila will continue to advocate for acceptance and support of individuals with special needs in the years to come.
by Katrina Linda Golamco, BS Psychology 201A