by James Loyola
San Miguel Corporation (SMC), in partnership with the Miss Universe organization, will host a group of Miss Universe national titleholders who competed in the recent 65th Miss Universe pageant, to work alongside the San Miguel Foundation and make a positive impact here and at the world at large.
“The Miss Universe Organization is well-known for its annual pageant but it also has a strong foundation for giving back. The contestants and titleholders are provided a platform and they work closely with various organizations to address critical issues affecting people not only in their home countries but all over the world,” said SMC President Ramon S. Ang.
Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach and Miss Philippines 2017 Maxine Medina will lead returning Miss Universe candidates Noelia Freire (Spain), Jamie-Lee Faulkner (Great Britain), Kezia Warouw (Indonesia), Kiran Jassal (Malaysia), Camila Barraza (Kosovo) and Dang Thi Le Hang (Vietnam) at a charity event for children this weekend in Binondo, Manila and in all other events and functions.
San Miguel Foundation, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary, will donate scholarships to Grade One to Senior High School beneficiaries of Hope for Change from Smokey Mountain.
The San Miguel Foundation has long been a strong advocate of education and has spent nearly P200 million in recent years alone for education-related projects, including the construction of classrooms in underdeveloped communities and providing scholarships.
“We are proud to work together and we’re honored to welcome back the contestants,” he added.
Meanwhile, SMC subsidiaries Petron Corporation, San Miguel Brewery Inc. and Ginebra San Miguel Inc. will celebrate the return of the Miss Universe candidates through a series of product engagements that will align with values of diversity and empowerment.
SMC is also taking an active role in rebuilding affected communities in Marawi, initially pledging start-up business opportunities for families of soldiers killed in action through the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The assistance to families will be in the form of a business start-up package to ensure that families will have a sustainable source of income for the long-term. The package is estimated at P2 million per family.
Ang said: “All of us Filipinos are in awe of the courage and heroism of our soldiers. Our soldiers deserve our deepest respect and gratitude. It’s very unfortunate that we have lost many of them in this conflict. We mourn with their families and the whole nation.” (James A. Loyola)