Miss Charity: Balic-Balic Ladies for a Cause
Filipinos love a good cause especially if there is a parade of beautiful ladies and Balic-balic is no exception. During the late 1960’s and 1970’s, the parish fiesta will not be complete without the Miss Charity Coronation Night. For the 1968 Fiesta program, the Committee on Coronation was chaired by Secretary Serafin Manalo of the City Hall of Manila. The actual coronation night was on June 8, 1968 and the winning candidates were Chit Gargantiel (Miss Charity), Yolanda Sevilla (Miss Faith), and Aida Ordinario (Miss Hope).
Image: Miss Chit Gargantiel, Miss Charity 1968.
Image: Miss Josie Garcia, Candidate Miss Charity 1979.
Sometimes the culmination of the motorcade or parade was even done inside the Holy Trinity Church. The photo on the left shows of Miss Josie Garcia with her father, Mr. Vicente Garcia, walking down the center aisle of the church.
The 1981 Miss Charity Contest had nine contestants and raised about P79,389 which was a significant amount during that time.
By 1982, the contest was renamed Miss Holy Trinity but still with a full court (Miss Faith, Hope, Service, and Love). Out of eight contestants, Miss Jovette Roque garnered 359,470 votes and was crowned Miss Holy Trinity 1982.
Instead of a Miss Charity Contest, a “Sundan 85” was held during the 1985 fiesta program where a procession of beautiful women of Balic-balic was held along the traditional flower offering at the church altar.
On May 24, 1997, Miss Marousette Q. Neyra of Don Benito Street was crowned as “Lakambini ng Balic-Balic with Katherine A. Manuel and May Angeles V. Briones as runners-up.
Image: Miss Marousette Q. Neyra, Lakambini ng Santisima Trinidad 1997.
In the passing of time, the Miss Charity and Miss Holy Trinity tradition faded. One wonders if the memories of those coronation nights still linger among the contestants.