Beauty queens risk lives for charity

Published January 3, 2021, 1:00 PM

by Robert Requintina

The queens in Sorsogon (upper photo) and in Olongapo (lower photo)

Many beauty queens love to donate to charities and some are heavily involved, donating time, money, and gifts.

But it’s a different story when these queens risked their lives for humanitarian efforts.

Take the case of the queens of the Queen of Hearts Foundation led by its founder Mitzie Go-Gil whose team composed of reigning and past queens were non-stop in giving love and care to the people at the height of the pandemic in 2020.

Mitzie Go-Gil

“There is joy in the act of giving when it is done with pure motives. We embrace this saying and we are genuinely happy to help poor families especially children. We may not have given much but what we give away came from our hearts,” said Go-Gil in an interview during her foundation’s second anniversary held in Quezon City recently.

Queens engaged in humanitarian efforts include Mrs. Asia Pacific Global 2019 Avon Morales, Mrs. Asia Pacific Philippines Worldwide Llena Tan-Arcenas, Mrs. Asia Pacific Philippines Cosmopolitan 2019 Mary Chris Abacahin-Camacho, Mrs. Intercontinental Philippines Gynes Olbes, Mrs. Global Universe Philippines 2020 Rosenda Casaje, and Mrs. Southeast Worldwide 2020 Xiamzzy Dy.

These queens were busy donating medicines and other stuff to hospitals, frontliners, and mediamen. Believe it or not, they have been to the airport on several occasions distributing bottles of alcohol, face masks, face shields and vitamins to the people in the area.

“Nakakatakot din dahil andiyan pa rin ang Covid-19 but we went to these places prepared. We always practice the new normal protocols such as wearing a mask/face shield, practice appropriate social distancing, and we always wash our hands,” added Go-Gil. “From time to time, nagpapa-swab test kami.” 

These days, one of the team’s major missions is the “Dugtong Buhay” program which aims to provide a lifeline to children with serious illnesses and those who need support. “We have conducted three missions under ‘Dugtong Buhay’ and we will still continue the program under the foundation.”

The other queens also shared their memorable events in 2020.

Llena Tan-Arcenas

“I have my own advocacy for children. With the Queen of Hearts, it’s helping the indigent and going to other places. The pandemic was really a challenge for us because at some point in time we have to go out. That started the ball rolling. The happiness, the joy you see in the people you help, it can never be paid. With our own pockets, we give,” said Tan-Arcenas.

Avon Morales

Morales said: “Being part this organization strengthens my advocacy. It also allowed me to do things that made me a better person. It’s my second family. We became close with one another especially during the pandemic.”

Mary Chris Abacahin-Camacho

“Aside from a foundation with a good heart, I also learned a lot of things with my fellow queens. I learned how to continue my passion which is to help others,” said Abacahin-Camacho.

Rosenda Casaje

Casaje said:”This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience…competing in a pageant means pursuing my advocacy which is livelihood for single parents during the pandemic,” said Casaje.

Gynes Olbes

“Napapaiyak talaga pagnakakakita ako ng mga batang naghihirap. Through this foundation, I was able to help the poor. Hangga’t kaya ng powers ko, tutulong ako sa mga mahihirap kasama ang mga queens ng Queen of Hearts Foundation,” said Olbes.