Miss Possibilities: Confident, beautiful, with lots of heart

Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 03 2017 05:09 PM | Updated as of Dec 04 2017 12:50 PM

MANILA -- The Miss Possibilities pageant on Saturday at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater in Ateneo was the epitomé of what Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach declared back in 2015 in the international pageant - that to be a winner, a contestant does not only have to be beautiful but should be brimming with confidence and carrying a big heart.

This pageant of young women with special needs showed the full house crowd there was no lacking in all three. It showed that a pageant can be both entertaining and bring smiles to the audience without bikinis and the full regalia of a beauty contest.

All 12 contestants paraded on stage without the inhibitions that children with disabilities are hampered with. Instead, they wowed the crowd as they performed their talents in full confidence.

Sure some of them showed a little hesitance at first, like when Marie Carl Pineda ran towards her foster parent and would only continue if he would join her on stage. But when she got started, nothing would stop her as he proceeded to do her routine, including three costume changes on stage.

Many sang their favorite tunes while some danced with them, including two contestants doing "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen," which was a favorite among the children; and "Baby Shark," where everybody in the room nodded to the beat. But all contestants were just obviously enjoying what they do best when they are with their families at home. And that is to make us happy and remind us that life does not have to be complicated to enjoy it.

Winston Maxino, father of Brina Maxino who received an award for her achievements not only locally but internationally as a Special Olympics envoy, said it best when he encouraged everyone to keep on supporting people with special needs. "It takes a village to raise a child," he said. And that meant everybody, not only the family members, but the whole society should accord people with special needs the same love they give people without disabilities, if not more.

Indeed, it was not only the contestants that walked away with a smile in their hearts that night, it was all of us who experienced joy from unconditional love.

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Hosts Gabe Mercado and Angel Jacob open the 2017 Ms. Possibilites pageant at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater in Ateneo on Saturday. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Suzanna Pavadee Yuzon, founder and president, opens the only beauty pageant in the Philippines and in Asia for young women with special needs. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Suzanna Pavadee Yuzon (left) gives an inspirational award to the Maxino family, for the achievements of Brina (right), a lady with Down Syndrome, for her achievements as a Special Oympics envoy. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Celebrity host Alden Richards (right) presents the award and bouquest of flowers to Brina and the Maxino family. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Angel Aguilar sings on stage during the talent portion of Ms. Possibilities. Angel has also done modeling and dancing stints. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Maria Angelica Cabalu does a rhythmic dance routine accompanied by her mother. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Danica Escasinas belts a tune like a professional singer during the pageant. Danica is also a BS Information Systems graduate and hopes to join the workforce soon. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Jennica Mae Garcia sings during the talent portion. Jennica is a graduate of Financial Accounting from the University of Manila and is currently studying at the University of Santo Tomas while waiting for the licensure exam for teachers. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Jello Marie Kabigting does a Baby Shark rendition to the delight of the crowd as part of her dance routine during the talent portion. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Mina Princess Klenk is joined by her sister, actress Ara Mina, for her song number. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Alyssa Rae Matias performs a ballet number to her favorite tune, 'Let It Go' from the movie 'Frozen.' Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Kristelyn Nievera sings on stage during the talent portion. Kristelyn has been serving as an altar girl in chruch for 16 years. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Marie Carl Pineda approaches her foster parent and uncle Rouel Lasin before she can begin her preformance diuring the talent portion. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Once she got started though, Marie, had no qualms performing her routine, which had three costume changes on stage. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Marie finishes her routine without the help of her uncle. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Hillary Bill Chelsea Quintela does a song number for the talent portion of the pageant. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Althea Sunnette Samillano does a rendition of 'Let It Go' from the movie 'Frozen,' probably an all-time favorite among the children. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Ashley Sangria claims the center stage during her dance number for the talent portion. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

The pageant also had an inclusive fashion show with some well-know celebrities. Billy Crawford joins Steffy Barcena on the ramp. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Angela Lagunzad accompanies Timotheo Mamol on stage for the fashion walk. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Kate Torralba sports a terno with Jelena Rylee Uy during the fashion show. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Eric and Rona Tai join Angel Formoso on stage during the fashion show. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Anna Roces is amazed by Sofia Santiago's stage presence during the fashion walk. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Mylene Dizon walks with Callista Lim during the fashion show. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Pops Fernandez accompanies Margarita Sofia Mendoza, the 2015 Ms. Possibilities. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Ara Mina joins Adrian Joseph Reyes on stage. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Tim Yap struts with Kadence De Gracia during the fashion walk. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Camille Prats walks with Sandra Cutiongco during the fashion show. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Carla Abellana and Tim Yap wheel in a delighted Xavier Dula Asence during the fashion show. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Judy Ann Santos joins Johanna Yuzon for the inclusive fashion show. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Celebrities join children with special needs during the inclusive fashion show, meant to foster fair treatment of individuals with disabilities. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Celebrities join children with special needs during the inclusive fashion show, meant to foster fair treatment of individuals with disabilities. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Jennica Mae Garcia is crowned 2017 Ms. Possibilities on Saturday at the Henry Lee Irwin in Ateneo. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Jennica Mae Garcia is hugged by other contestants at the close of the 2017 Ms. possibilities beauty pageant. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News