1988 Miss Philippines-Maja International Maria Muriel "Lala" Moral was chosen as the country’s official representative and candidate in the 2010 Mrs. Universe Beauty Pageant to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, from Aug.12 to 22.
MRS. UNIVERSE, the counterpart of Miss Universe, is the annual, international and global beauty pageant and competition organized by the 'Pramugo Akademija' Body of the Mrs. Universe Organization in Bulgaria (in Europe) and started in 2007.
The reigning Mrs. Universe 2009 is Mrs. Lithuania, Vaida Ragenaite. Lithuania is this year's contest host country. The world competition's theme for this year is: "Women of the World against Violence and Human Trafficking"
Mrs. Universe 2009 Vaida Ragenaite (Mrs. Lithuania)
MRS. UNIVERSE ("Queen of the Universe") was organized for these worthy, universal cause, aim, and purpose:
"To celebrate, honor, and uplift the image of today's women of the universe who are responsible for the home and family, and who play important roles not only in the family (as wives and mothers) but also in the society (as career women in different fields), and to promote and uphold worldwide the significance of marriage and family, and good family values as well."
Now 46, Lala Moral is married to businessman Joeffrey Pandi by whom she has two sons, Joram and Jared. Pandi is a board member of the Provincial Government of Camarines Norte where the family is based.
Lala finished both elementary and high school a valedictorian at the Colegio del Santisimo Rosario in Libmanan, Camarines Sur and graduated with a B.S. Civil Engineering degree (now a licensed civil engineer) from the University of Nueva Caceres (UNC) in Naga City ("The Heart of Bicol") in Camarines Sur in 1985. She was Miss UNC Friendship in 1983, Miss UNC Coed in 1985, Miss Bicolandia in 1987, Miss Philippine Eagles in 1987 before she won the Bb. Pilipinas-Maja International in 1988.
Maria Muriel Moral is an international winner and awardee. When she represented the country in the 1988 Miss Maja International Pageant in Puerto Rico, she won the Best in National Costume Award and the Miss Maja Simpatica Award.
(Source: The Philippines Star Newspaper July 15, 2010 Issue; News Article by Ricky Lo)
MARIA MURIEL MORAL then...
as BINIBINING PILIPINAS (MISS PHILIPPNES) 1988
MISS PHILIPPINES-MAJA INTERNATIONAL 1988 MARIA MURIEL MORAL
BEST IN NATIONAL COSTUME AND MISS MAJA SIMPATICA AWARDEE
1988 MISS MAJA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION HELD IN PUERTO RICO