WE THOUGHT we have had enough of beauty pageants, but last Monday, the Mayor of Manila, President Joseph Estrada, called for a press conference to announce the revival of the beauty pageant that had been Manila’s café society’s favorite conversation piece.
The contest’s most famous (others refer to it though as infamous) legacy is the former First Lady, now Congresswoman representing Ilocos Norte, her husband’s home province, Imelda Romuladez Marcos. She joined the pageant in 1952. No, she didn’t win the title but she was named first runner up. Yet, the young Imelda then would become the most talked about candidate after angrily protesting the result and naming her Muse of Manila.