Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Miss Scuba Philippines 2017 Media Launch

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The Philippines is composed of 7,600+ islands and surrounded by several bodies of water, so it is but natural that we should have ambassadors that would help preserve and protect the marine biodiversity. Since the beauty of these waters are not only found above the oceans but also deep within and below the depths, we should also take a closer look into even the creatures and other living things where man could not easily see.

Our country is rich in marine life of all forms that it is being visited by many underwater photojournalists so they could capture rarely found creatures of which many could only be found in the Philippines. These makes our country a frequently visited place for divers who also take photos and videos deep down below.

I once escorted a few professional divers who are also photojournalists by profession and is amazed of what they were able to capture with their cameras after diving in the seas of Bohol. If only there was an opportunity to learn while they were here in the country, I could have grabbed it. Unfortunately, their stay is but limited to only a few days so they were here to maximize their diving opportunity.

I could imagine how many living creatures exists down below based on their photographs and stories. It is but wondrous to learn that not all are able to witness such a beauty down below. Most of us could only see these creatures in photos and videos from documentaries. They are lucky to be able to get up close and personal with these rarely seen creatures.

After that experience, it is but fitting that we should also have passionate advocates geared toward saving the oceans and its marine life, not only for our lifetime, but also for future generations.

Thus, the Miss Scuba Philippines beauty pageant or search not only looks for beauty, talent and intellect but also the heart and determination to protect and preserve marine biodiversity.

We are in luck because, Cindy Madduma, the very first Filipino to win Miss Scuba International back in 2015 is now the National Director for the Philippine search.

They have the usual qualifications like single, female by birth, citizen or permanent resident of the Philippines, aged between 18 to 28 years old, at least 5'5" in height, in good health (both mental and physical), and of character, and willing to learn scuba diving.

They don't really require you to know or love scuba diving but being a Miss Scuba beauty queen may challenge the title holder to learn.

At the media launch held at Belmont Hotel Manila, Cindy, together with Athena Catriz and Kristine Makizz Tablazon, and new member Andrea Delgado (who was at the registration area), answered all the inquiries of the members of the media.

Belmont Hotel Manila is also one of the sponsors and would be the 2nd home of the Miss Scuba Philippines 2017 candidates while the pageant is ongoing. Representatives Joy Torres and Anna Talavera from the Marketing Department were part of the panel.

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Photos by Collin Sarthou Yap and Edmund Chua
Videos by Ross Del Rosario

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