True confession: I only knew about Miss Possibilities Foundation, Inc. because of Alden Richards.
As soon as it was announced that he will be gracing the 2017 Pageant Finals and Celebrity Inclusion Fashion Show on December 2, 2017, I immediately visited the foundation’s Facebook page to inquire for tickets. It was there that I learned that Miss Possibilities is, to quote from their page, “A pageant for girls with special needs that will show their true beauty. This will help promote self-confidence and awareness for PWDs.” It is also the first of its kind in the Philippines, and possibly the whole of Asia. Although, to be honest, I purchased tickets mainly because of Alden, I didn’t hesitate to do it because I know it’s for a good cause.
Come pageant day, I was surprised when Alden immediately made his appearance at around the beginning of the show.
He was there to present the Inspiration Award to the Maxino family on behalf of Oppo Philippines.
I could’ve left after Alden’s appearance, but something told me that I should stay put. And boy, I’m glad I stayed.
Witnessing this pageant is one of the most inspiring moments of my life. When I learned that some of these girls are even pursuing double-degrees in college despite their condition, I was like… WOW. I felt so insignificant after that. As one of the candidates has said in her Q&A: “I can do what you can do… and maybe even better!” And guess what, she did show on her talent showcase that she CAN do it better. It’s such a humbling experience. If being differently-abled means slaying a Mariah Carey song, then I want to be differently-abled, too.
That’s just for starters. Each girl showcased their talents to the best of their abilities. Some of the girls became shy at first, but once they were guided by their family member and/or chaperone, they quickly gained their confidence to show the audience what they’ve got.
There was a Celebrity Inclusion Fashion Show, as well, featuring celebrities such as Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Pops Fernandez, Carla Abellana, et al walking the runway with the special needs children. The kids and celebs alike fully enjoying themselves onstage was such a lovely sight.
It’s still a competition and there was a winner, but each candidate got an award and were given a crown, sash and bouquet of flowers. I don’t think the girls cared about what award they got; it was evident that all of them were super-happy that they are bringing home a crown. There’s no such thing as sore losers here. If only real life is like that…
My eyes were moist the entire time that the event was ongoing and I’m pretty sure most of it was not because of this eye condition that I’ve been having these past few days. What I took away from watching the Miss Possibilities Pageant and Celebrity Inclusion Fashion Show are these:
LOVE, in its purest form.
More photos from this event can be found at my Facebook photo album.