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Bb. Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) 1988: Major Beauty Contests Collectors Need It!

1988 BINIBINING PILIPINAS (MISS PHILIPPINES): COLLECTORS OF MAJOR BEAUTY COMPETITIONS NEED IT FOR COLLECTIONS!
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Hello everyone! I and my friends are avid collectors of major national and international beauty contests or pageants (their news articles clippings, photos, souvenir program magazines, VCD/DVD copies, etc.). Does anyone of you have clear DVD copies of the 1988 BINIBINING PILIPINAS (MISS PHILIPPINES) PAGEANT? The Bb. Pilipinas Charities Office has it in VHS tape. We need it in DVD copies. We would like to get or buy them from you to add them to our collections. Please be sure that they are clear and uncut DVD copies.


We have these file photos of the 1988 BINIBINING PILIPINAS (MISS PHILIPPINES) QUEENS (the winners and title holders):

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1988 Bb. Pilipinas (Ms. Philippines) Winners/Queens (from left): Bb. Pilipinas-Maja International Maria Muriel Moral, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Perfida Limpin, Bb. Pilipinas-International Maria Anthea Robles, Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism Maritoni Daya


THE MISS PHILIPPINES QUEENS AND THE PHILIPPINES PRESIDENT AT THE NEW SHOPPING MALL INAUGURATION

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Photo taken during the 1988 Inauguration and Grand Opening of the New Farmers Plaza Shopping Mall at the Araneta Center in Metro Manila, Philipppines. From left: Miss Philippines-Maja International Maria Muriel Moral, Miss Philippines-Tourism Maritoni Daya, former Philippines President Maria Corazon "Cory" Cojuangco-Aquino (whose husband, former Philippines Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., like Dr. Jose Rizal, is a natonal hero in the Philippines), Miss Philippines-Universe Perfida Limpin, Miss Philippines-International Maria Anthea Robles. Partly seen is the 1960 Miss International Stella Marquez-Araneta, the chairperson of the Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (organizer of the annual, prestigious Bb. Pilipinas Beauty Pageant), who is married to Mr. Jorge Araneta, the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Araneta Group of Companies, the developer of Araneta Center, the premier shopping center and business district of the Philippines.


Among the 1988 Queens, MARIA MURIEL "LALA" MORAL is the only international winner and awardee who won two international awards: the BEST IN NATIONAL COSTUME Award and the MISS MAJA SIMPATICA Award.


Here are some of her photos from our files:

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BINIBINING PILIPINAS (MISS PHILIPPINES) 1988 MARIA MURIEL MORAL


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1988 BB. PILIPINAS-MAJA INTERNATIONAL MARIA MURIEL MORAL


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1988 MISS PHILIPPINES-MAJA INTERNATIONAL MARIA MURIEL MORAL
BEST IN NATIONAL COSTUME AND MISS MAJA SIMPATICA AWARDEE
1988 MISS MAJA INTERNATIONAL PAGEANT (HELD IN PUERTO RICO)



PHOTOS DURING HER INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION IN PUERTO RICO:

THE MISS MAJA INTERNATIONAL 1988 OFFICIAL CANDIDATES

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The official candidates are posing and waving before the national and international press photographers at the Bayamon Beach in Puerto Rico. Some delegates, such as Miss South Africa and Miss Egypt, are not in photo. Miss Philippines Maria Muriel Moral is in red pants standing 7th from right.


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  • connoisseurconnoisseur The Expert PExer
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    MISS PHILIPPINES MARIA MURIEL MORAL, INTERNATIONAL WINNER OF THE 'BEST
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  • connoisseurconnoisseur The Expert PExer
    NEWS / PRESS RELEASES IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWSPAPERS:

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    MARIA MURIEL MORAL, 1988 MISS PHILIPPINES-MAJA INTERNATIONAL, the Philippines' bet to the 1988 MISS MAJA INTERNATIONAL Beauty Pageant held in Puerto Rico, won the BEST IN NATIONAL COSTUME Major Award, besting more than 50 countries all over the world. Above photos show Muriel dressed in her winning golden costume, a traditional gown worn by Moslem princesses. The costume is a creation of noted Filipino fashion designer RENEE SALUD. Ms. Moral also bagged the 1988 MISS MAJA SIMPATICA Special Award.

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    Again, we are looking for the 1988 Bb. Pilipinas (Ms. Philippines) Pageant in clear and uncut DVD copies to add them to our collections, now almost complete.

    Kindly send to us now your name and your complete business address and contact numbers (fixed phone, mobile phone, and fax) or website using this email address:

    [email protected]

    Thank you!
  • daniela25daniela25 Member ✭✭
    kaloka! no offense ha...ang chaka nya promise!
  • JENSIE_GJENSIE_G warm regards ✭✭✭
    Thanks so much for this tribute!!!

    I think Anthea Robles should've competed in Miss Universe® 1988 instead!!!

    But Perfida Limpin looks good in the photo with former President Aquino.
  • bizbuddy88bizbuddy88 Member PExer
    daniela25 wrote: »
    kaloka! no offense ha...ang chaka nya promise!

    Sister, cheap mo! Pangshowbiz ang comment mo! Puro kababawan!

    They are nonshowbiz celebrities...

    They are beauty queens, not artista, k?!!
  • connoisseurconnoisseur The Expert PExer
    daniela25 wrote: »

    kaloka! no offense ha...ang chaka nya promise!

    Ikaw naman... That's not true! She is a proclaimed beauty, di ba? And not just a mere beauty but she's a titled and crowned beauty like her fellow Bb. Pilipinas winners! That's why they are called beauty queens...

    Okay, the reason why I shared more photos of Maria Muriel Moral here is because she's an international winner kasi...

    'Hope we could get soon any respondent here having their pageant in good VCD or DVD copies to share or to sell...
  • connoisseurconnoisseur The Expert PExer
    HIGHLIGHTING THE INTERNATONAL AND GLOBAL VICTORIES OF THE PHILIPPINES IN THE WORLD!


    You know someone in another forum asked me this question: "Why are majority of the pictures of just one woman?"

    This is my answer.

    Well, it's because I'd like to highlight too another notable achievement, triumph or victory of our country the PHILIPPINES in the international, global, or world scene by a Filipino woman, the MISS PHILIPPINES queen, MARIA MURIEL MORAL, the 1988 BB. PILIPINAS-MAJA INTERNATIONAL.

    I posted several photos of her wearing the Bb. Pilipinas (Ms. Philippines) Crown and our winning Philippine National Costume because MARIA MURIEL MORAL (our fellow Filipino national) brought and gave honors and prestige to our country too (with her BEST IN NATIONAL COSTUME and MISS MAJA SIMPATICA Awards).

    Like other global, major beauty competitions, I'm sure there were so many great national costumes that represent the diverse national identities and cultures of so many different participating nations (especially, the European and Latin or South American countries) at the 1988 MISS MAJA INTERNATIONAL PAGEANT, but MARIA MURIEL MORAL (the PHILIPPINES phil_flag.gif) beat and bested them all, the biggest countries of the world such as the U.S.A., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, China, India, Australia, and so many other nations!


    THE BIGGEST COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD


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    THE CONTINENTS OF THE WORLD


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    MARIA MURIEL MORAL EMBODIES THE PHILIPPINES phil_flag.gif AT THE GLOBAL CONTEST/EVENT WHERE SHE WON THE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS...


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    THE PHILIPPINES, MARIA MURIEL MORAL, BESTED THE COUNTRIES/NATIONS OF THE WORLD!

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    IN HER WINNING FORM, WEARING THE GOLDEN PHILIPPINE NATIONAL COSTUME


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    As a Filipino phil_flag.gif, I'm proud of her, too!

    Her fellow queens in the 1988 Bb. Pilipinas batch, Perfida Limpin and Anthea Robles, did not win any award in their respective international competitions so there's no any international winning photos about them that I can post here. Even more with Toni Daya, the 1988 Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism whose title had no international contest thus she did not represent the Philippines in any international competition. Toni Daya joined the Bb. Pilipinas contest twice (she was a candidate in 1984 and 1988) but she did not win any major national title for any international pageant so she did not compete internationally. However, gifted with a good singing talent, Toni Daya thus joined the Philippine local showbiz as an entertainer (singer-actress) and she made it good. She produced a single hit (a Filipino love song titled "Kung Alam Ko Lang") that became quite popular to the Filipino masses...
  • connoisseurconnoisseur The Expert PExer
    JENSIE_G wrote: »

    Thanks so much for this tribute!!!

    I think Anthea Robles should've competed in Miss Universe® 1988 instead!!!

    But Perfida Limpin looks good in the photo with former President Aquino.

    Perfida Limpin was a Mutya ng Pilipinas candidate in 1987 but she didn't win any major title.

    By the way, the full name Toni Daya is Maritoni Judith Daya. She used Toni Daya when she joined Philippine showbiz as a singer...
  • JENSIE_GJENSIE_G warm regards ✭✭✭
    ^ Thanks again!!!

    Pa-share naman if you have more vintage photos of Bb. Pilipinas titelholders ... most esp. from the glorious 80s ...

    SALAMAT! :D
  • bizbuddy88bizbuddy88 Member PExer
    HIGHLIGHTING THE INTERNATONAL AND GLOBAL VICTORIES OF THE PHILIPPINES IN THE WORLD!


    You know someone in another forum asked me this question: "Why are majority of the pictures of just one woman?"

    This is my answer.

    Well, it's because I'd like to highlight too another notable achievement, triumph or victory of our country the PHILIPPINES in the international, global, or world scene by a Filipino woman, the MISS PHILIPPINES queen, MARIA MURIEL MORAL, the 1988 BB. PILIPINAS-MAJA INTERNATIONAL.

    I posted several photos of her wearing the Bb. Pilipinas (Ms. Philippines) Crown and our winning Philippine National Costume because MARIA MURIEL MORAL (our fellow Filipino national) brought and gave honors and prestige to our country too (with her BEST IN NATIONAL COSTUME and MISS MAJA SIMPATICA Awards).

    Like other global, major beauty competitions, I'm sure there were so many great national costumes that represent the diverse national identities and cultures of so many different participating nations (especially, the European and Latin or South American countries) at the 1988 MISS MAJA INTERNATIONAL PAGEANT, but MARIA MURIEL MORAL (the PHILIPPINES phil_flag.gif) beat and bested them all, the biggest countries of the world such as the U.S.A., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, China, India, Australia, and so many other nations!


    THE BIGGEST COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD


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    THE CONTINENTS OF THE WORLD


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    MARIA MURIEL MORAL EMBODIES THE PHILIPPINES phil_flag.gif AT THE GLOBAL (WORLDWIDE) CONTEST/EVENT WHERE SHE WON THE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS...


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    THE PHILIPPINES, MARIA MURIEL MORAL, BESTED THE COUNTRIES/NATIONS OF THE WORLD!

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    IN HER WINNING FORM, WEARING THE GOLDEN PHILIPPINE NATIONAL COSTUME


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    INTERNATIONAL WINNER, INTERNATIONAL AWARDEE


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    MISS PHILIPPINES MARIA MURIEL MORAL, BEST IN NATIONAL COSTUME, AT THE 1988 MISS MAJA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION HELD IN PUERTO RICO


    As a Filipino phil_flag.gif, I'm proud of her, too!

    Her fellow queens in the 1988 Bb. Pilipinas batch, Perfida Limpin and Anthea Robles, did not win any award in their respective international competitions so there's no any international winning photos about them that I can post here. Even more with Toni Daya, the 1988 Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism whose title had no international contest thus she did not represent the Philippines in any international competition. Toni Daya joined the Bb. Pilipinas contest twice (she was a candidate in 1984 and 1988) but she did not win any major national title for any international pageant so she did not compete internationally. However, gifted with a good singing talent, Toni Daya thus joined the Philippine local showbiz as an entertainer (singer-actress) and she made it good. She produced a single hit (a Filipino love song titled "Kung Alam Ko Lang") that became quite popular to the Filipino masses...


    Wow! Gosh! Looking at the world maps above, it's only now that I truly realized how small our country the Philippines is!

    ...Yeah, our nation is just small but our beloved Philippines is an exotic, amazing and wonderful country!!!

    I love you, Ms. Philippines Maria Muriel Moral!! You also made our country proud to the whole world!!!

    Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!!! Mabuhay ang Pilipino!!! icon14.gif
  • daniela25daniela25 Member ✭✭
    Ikaw naman... That's not true! She is a proclaimed beauty, di ba? And not just a mere beauty but she's a titled and crowned beauty like her fellow Bb. Pilipinas winners! That's why they are called beauty queens...

    Okay, the reason why I shared more photos of Maria Muriel Moral here is because she's an international winner kasi...

    'Hope we could get soon any respondent here having their pageant in good VCD or DVD copies to share or to sell...

    ay teh! kaloka haha! wag mo ng lang akong pansinin...insecure lang siguro ako sa beauty nya haha...
  • connoisseurconnoisseur The Expert PExer
    daniela25 wrote: »

    ay teh! kaloka haha! wag mo ng lang akong pansinin...insecure lang siguro ako sa beauty nya haha...

    I know, you just sound playful and not serious but actually, what you really mean is the opposite. You see, you should always be careful with anything you say. Many would take your comment rude. Next time, be polite and sensible with your thoughts and posts.

    Pilipino ka rin at nakatira sa bansang ito. Anumang bad comments na sabihin mo ay makasisira sa imahen ng ating mahal na bansang Pilipinas sa buong mundo.

    You know naman the internet (online media). It's a worldwide exposure and audience!

    'Hope you'd be intelligent and mature enough to understand my point. :)
  • The CosmopoliteThe Cosmopolite At home in the World PExer
    bizbuddy88 wrote: »

    Wow! Gosh! Looking at the world maps above, it's only now that I truly realized how small our country the Philippines is!

    ...Yeah, our nation is just small but our beloved Philippines is an exotic, amazing and wonderful country!!!

    I love you, Ms. Philippines Maria Muriel Moral!! You also made our country proud to the whole world!!!

    Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!!! Mabuhay ang Pilipino!!! icon14.gif

    That's true! You said it right, bizbuddy. Just look at my avatar too and you'll see that our country is really that small just like some Asian nations!

    But as you said, though our beloved Philippines is only small, our dearest Motherland is really a beautiful, amazing and wonderful country like no other in the world! :)

    Indeed, Ms. Philippines-Maja International Maria Muriel Moral is also a world winner for her contest and competition (the event) is global or worldwide (in the world scene) unlike any prime minister or presidential contest or election which is only an internal affairs of any country which is only hyped internationally by foreign media.

    And to know that she beat and bested the biggest countries of the world, bueno, that's something great that the Philippines and Filipinos should also be proud of! icon14.gif
  • connoisseurconnoisseur The Expert PExer

    Indeed, Ms. Philippines-Maja International Maria Muriel Moral is also a world winner for her contest and competition (the event) is global or worldwide (in the world scene) unlike any prime minister or presidential contest (race) or election which is only an internal affairs of any country which is only hyped internationally by foreign media.

    And to know that she beat and bested the biggest countries of the world, bueno, that's something great that the Philippines and Filipinos should also be proud of! icon14.gif

    I agree with you.. Same with the high profile presidential proclamation. Truly, it's only an internal event of any country even if there are invited foreign guests or leaders of other countries to witness it. The proclamation does not involve any other country... so it's not an international event.

    Hey people, I've got good news! Someone's post from another forum said that an aficionado named Tony Paat ([email protected]) has great complete collections of all national and international beauty competitions! :)

    If that's true, then he could be of great help to us collectors of prestigious, major national and world beauty competitions! :)
  • MrsUniverse2010MrsUniverse2010 Love of Earth and Mankind PExer
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    In the April 2011 Issue of MOMS and KIDS, a national family magazine in the Philippines, Mrs. Universe-Philippines, Engr. Muriel Moral-Pandi was featured in the MomBlog section of the magazine by the MOMS and KIDS Editor, Jorge Llanes.
  • MrsUniverse2010MrsUniverse2010 Love of Earth and Mankind PExer
    ENGINEER MURIEL MORAL-PANDI IS WOMEN'S JOURNAL MAGAZINE COVER GIRL (MAY 2012 ISSUE)


    Our first-ever Mrs. Universe-Intelligence Winner, Engr. Maria Muriel Moral-Pandi, the 2010 Mrs. Universe-Philippines, graced (for the second time) the cover of May 2012 Women's Journal magazine (Mothers' Issue).

    She was the cover girl of Women's Journal February 1989 Valentine's Issue when she was the reigning 1988 Binibining Pilipinas-Maja International.

    In this magazine's Mothers' (Day) Issue, Engr. Moral-Pandi talks about her memorable, international contest experiences and what made her won the first-ever-awarded Mrs. Intelligence title at the annual, global Mrs. Universe (dubbed "The Mother of All Pageants"), her views on the role of women and women empowerment in our society, about motherhood and her family, and on beauty and wellness as well, etc.

    Also in this issue are featured articles on "How To Relish The Joy of Motherhood," "How Moms Can Have more 'Me' Time," "15 Time-Saving Kitchen Tips For Moms... Know too why Mommy Ester is the "wind beneath the wings" of Venus Raj, news on the Return to Manila of Lady Gaga for her May 21 Concert "The Born This Way Ball" at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena and many more...

    Women's Journal (now on its 39th year) is a popular, monthly, national magazine not only for women but for the whole family, too. It is published by the Philippine Journalists, Inc. (www.journal.com.ph).

    Women's Journal is available at the National Book Stores, Powerbooks, Booksale, Mercury Drug, 7-11, Ministop, and newsstands nationwide. For subscription or to buy (order) the current or back issues copy of the magazine, please visit the website.

    Get your magazine copy now!


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    Mrs. Universe-Philippines and Mrs. Intelligence, Engr. Muriel Moral-Pandi (or Lala) on the May 2012 cover of Women's Journal magazine, with her background, our Planet, Mother Earth and the stars, galaxies, and nebulas across the Universe...


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  • WOMEN'S JOURNAL COVER STORY ON COVER GIRL, ENGR. MURIEL MORAL-PANDI


    MRS. UNIVERSE-PHILIPPINES 2010, ENGR. MURIEL MORAL-PANDI: OUR FIRST-EVER MRS. UNIVERSE-INTELLIGENCE WINNER


    Written by: Nixon Canlapan
    Published: May 1, 2012

    EDITORIAL
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    Some of the official candidates of the 2010 Mrs. Universe Pageant held in Lithuania (in Europe). Mrs. Philippines, Engr. Muriel Moral-Pandi, is in pink, left, front row.


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    The 2010 Mrs. Universe Pageant International Press Presentation - The Red Carpet Scene


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    Engr. Muriel Moral-Pandi wins the first Mrs. Universe-Intelligence title and award.


    Her first crown may be considered a stroke of luck, but her second is a work of fate. When Engr. Maria Muriel Pandi nee Moral (or Lala, her monicker) walked on stage in 1988 to bag the Miss Philippines-Maja International crown, she had no inkling she would walk a similar path that gave her fame and name again in the future.

    Some 22 years after the glorious victory to the throne as one of the most beautiful Filipinas, she wowed the world when she was voted the most intelligent missus in the universe and was conferred the first-ever-awarded Mrs. Universe-Intelligence title. Thanks to the Mrs. Universe Pageant (www.mrsuniverseltd.com), Engr. Muriel Moral-Pandi gracefully rendered a human form to the two X-factors in a beauty contest--beauty and brains.

    Dubbed “The Mother of All Pageants,” the Mrs. Universe Contest (www.facebook.com/RealMrs.Universe) is not only a major, international beauty-and-brains competition for married women, but profoundly, it goes beyond beauty and fame, as it's also known as the noted quest for the most honorable Woman of the Universe. And why not? Its noble and worthy, universal cause and purpose are for the welfare and protection of women and children around the world against abuses, violence, crimes, human trafficking, etc. Mrs. Universe celebrates married women, motherhood, and promotes good family values, too. Candidates to this universal search (which is also an international philanthropy-charity and human rights forum) must possess qualities reserve only to the matron of the house who believes in the sanctity of marriage and the power of family values.

    While she did not take home the bacon, Muriel got the slice of the fame pie by taking the Mrs. Universe-Intelligence title without sweat. For showing wit and candor during the interviews and round-table discussions on several issues about women, Engr. Muriel Moral-Pandi made history as the first-ever beauty queen/woman in the entire planet or universe to be bestowed the title. No any major, international pageant or contest in history has awarded an Intelligence title yet--it's the very first time in the universe.

    The mother of two said she came to Lithuania (in Europe), the site and host country of the 2010 Mrs. Universe Pageant, prepared for the round-table discussion “where I had an excellent and comprehensive report about the human trafficking problems in the Philippines, which I believed impressed the judges.”

    The Mrs. Universe-Intelligent said the second crown “gave me a better and wider outlook in life about the problems plaguing our women and children. And it has given me an opportunity to be of help to our society by making our young ones aware that human trafficking does exist. It also made me a better, bolder, and more caring person.”

    While happy and honored at the same time for being chosen Mrs. Universe-Philippines, she was also “anxious about the big responsibility I had. I knew that I had to do my very best to make our country proud. And like before, I have to be a role model to my fellow women. Being the first ever to receive the title Mrs. Universe-Intelligence, I believe I made a notable, universal record, history, and distinction and, in my own little way, I brought and gave international/global prestige and honor to our beloved country (the Philippines).”


    On Women’s Journal, 23 Years Later

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    Engr. Maria Muriel Moral, then single, as Women's Journal Cover Girl (February 1989 Valentine's Issue)


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    1988 Binibining Pilipinas-Maja International, Engr. Maria Muriel Moral


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    The 1988 Miss Maja International Official Candidates are waving before the local and foreign press photographers at the Bayamon Beach Resort in Puerto Rico. Some delegates such as Miss Russia, Miss South Africa, and Miss Brazil are not in photo. Miss Philippines Maria Muriel Moral is in red pants standing 7th from right.


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    Engr. Muriel Moral of the Republic of the Philippines (RP) is the Miss Maja Simpatica and the Best in National Costume international awards winner at the 1988 Miss Maja International (the global, Hispanic-inspired beauty competition and pageant ) held in Puerto Rico. (Philippine Daily Inquirer and The Manila Times newspapers clippings)


    Like her second crown and title as Mrs. Philippines, this is not the first time Engr. Muriel Moral-Pandi graced the cover of Women’s Journal. “I'm excited to be on the front cover of Women’s Journal again for this time, in the May 2012 Mothers’ (Day) Issue of the magazine, I would be featured as our country’s Mrs. Universe-Philippines and as the first-ever Mrs. Universe-Intelligence winner!” she said.

    Her first stint as Women’s Journal cover girl was on February 1989 (Valentine’s Issue). "I was really eager, excited, and thrilled then for it was the very first time that I saw myself appeared on the cover of a leading and popular, national magazine in the Philippines! That Women’s Journal issue taken during my reign as the 1988 Binibining Pilipinas-Maja International queen and title holder (the year when I won the Miss Maja Simpatica and the Best in National Costume international awards) is now truly a precious souvenir or memento not only for me but to my family, relatives, friends, fans and supporters as well."
  • Continuation of WOMEN'S JOURNAL COVER STORY ON COVER GIRL, ENGR. MURIEL MORAL-PANDI


    On Women Empowerment

    Representing intelligent women around the world, Engr. Moral-Pandi said women must be given equal opportunities with the male by improving and increasing their educational, social, spiritual, political and economic strengths, and giving them equal participation in the advancement and development of the communities.”

    This is the same principle she had in mind when she was about to be grilled by the panel of judges in the Mrs. Universe search and the round-table discussions about the role of women in society.

    “Women have always been treated as the weaker gender and are dealt with as second-class citizens in the past which I think is very backward and primitive,” she said.

    The civil engineer said women’s role in nation-building today has reached the level “wherein we play very important and indispensable roles not just as homemakers but as career women who make a difference in our fields. We already have women in the different branches of government, although still outnumbered by men, but we can all agree that women’s parts in nation-building are vital and essential.”

    With former British Prime Minister “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher as her favorite woman icon, “because of her excellent leadership and firmness in decision making,” she said, “a woman of substance is a woman from whom we can squeeze something good or great, may it be knowledge, ideas, affection, love, help, action and the likes. She’s not just a woman full of frills and sophistication but someone you can really trust and depend upon, a woman of strong, good character who can go through harsh conditions and come out stronger, smarter, and better.”


    On Family

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    The Pandi Family: Dad Joeffrey and Mom Lala, sons Joram Jefferson and Jared Jullian.


    Our representative to the world of beauty and grace, said she has a “small” but happy family. Her husband Joeffrey Pandi is a businessman and an elected board member of the provincial government of Camarines Norte. She said her husband “is someone who stands firm on what he believes to be right and proper even in the midst of difficulties and in the flare of money. As a husband, he may not be perfect, but he can do his role. As a Dad, he is a loving father, provides for the needs of the kids, treats our children as his playmates and loves travelling with us.”

    The couple is blessed with two sons Joram Jefferson, 15, who will be in his senior in High School this coming school year at La Consolacion College of Daet and Jared Jullian, 9, who will be in his fourth grade at the Labo Elementary School. She said both are budding politicians in their respective schools.

    “We are all into sports. Jef goes for cycling and target shooting, Joram is fond of volleyball and Jared loves soccer. I also bike when I don’t have time to hit the gym. We all love contemporary music,” she said.

    A time-conscious individual, the doting mother said her motto in life has always been “family first.” This is the reason why she still finds time to be with her family despite her demanding job in the construction business where she oversees some infrastructure projects in Camarines Norte and other national agencies in the province.

    Aside from this, she also tends the family’s copra business while attending to various tasks as auditor of the Philippine National Red Cross-Camarines Norte Chapter, and adviser-member (she was a Past President) of the Junior Chamber International (JCI)-Labo Niogan Chapter, and secretary of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc.-Camarines Norte Chapter.


    On Beauty and Wellness

    Like wine that mellows with age, Engr. Moral-Pandi said age would have a hard time catching on her, “I have a very positive outlook in life.”

    Even if there are times when “people or things don’t turn out the way I want them to” and sometimes cause some stress “I don’t fret or freak out, I just trust in the Lord that at the end of the day everything will turn out right for the good of everyone.”

    To manage stress, she said: “I take some timeout, pause for a while and say a little, deep prayer. When it’s too much a burden, I let myself shed some tears and when I’m done crying I come out stronger, smarter and better to face the adversity or whatever is in the way.”

    To maintain her beauty, she said: “I always see to it that I sleep at least six hours every night, exercise, go for fruits and veggies, and healthy foods. I have with me cleansers and moisturizers with SPF all the time as my work at times entails me to be under the sun.”


    WOMEN’S JOURNAL PERSONALITY IQ:

    If I could describe myself in one word, it would be (resilient) because: I am flexible but tough and durable.

    If someone asked me what the best thing about my life is, I would say (it is being a mother to my kids) because: I would not exchange it for anything else, I love my children.

    If I could change one thing about me, it would be (my being apprehensive at times) because: I want to be more expressive and assertive of what I want when the occasion calls for. Though, I am the type of person who tends to give way to prevent and avoid unnecessary trouble.

    If I could repeat one memorable experience in my life, it would be (my high school life) because: life then was easier, friends were true, things were done without malice and everything was simpler.

    If I could do something right now, on the spur of the moment, and with no consequences, I would (indulge in my favorite strawberry ice cream) because: I love strawberry ice cream but I can no longer enjoy it without affecting my blood sugar .

    If I could exchange places with anyone right now, I'd exchange places with (Jennifer Lopez) because: I admire JLo a lot and I want to experience how it is to have that great voice, that beautiful body and that flourishing career.

    If I could solve one of the world's problems with one wave of my hand, I'd choose to solve (hunger and poverty) because: when stomachs are full and people are contented and living comfortable lives, misunderstandings are avoided and crimes are prevented.

    If a genie granted me three wishes, my wishes would be for (my mom, my children and myself) because: I wish my mom will still enjoy a longer, healthier, and happier life despite her old age; I wish my children will grow up as loving, responsible and God-fearing individuals, and be successful in their chosen careers; and I wish to be able to accomplish triumphantly whatever undertaking God will give me.

    If I could have a whole day to myself, I would (read a novel of any of my favorite authors: Sidney Sheldon, Frederick Forsyth, Robert Ludlum, John Grisham, Danielle Steele) because: I find it hard to finish a novel in one day nowadays.

    If I could give young people advice about dealing with their problems, I would say (things do come to pass, so give it time to heal, to recover, to improve, to pull through) because: it is not advisable to make drastic action without thinking over the situation, it is wise to wait and to be patient. Best of all, always pray to God for wisdom and guidance; you’ll never know the power of prayer. Fervent (powerful) prayers do change people, things, and events!

    If there's one valuable lesson I learned from my parents, it would be (respect for my fellowmen) because: they said that trouble oftentimes go off when there is no respect for one another.

    If I could pick my best friend in show business, it would be (Ms. Kris Aquino) because: I perceive Ms. Aquino to be a true person, assertive of what she wants, although tactless at times, but as a friend, I believe she will fight for your cause.

    If I could espouse or support a special cause, I would devote my time and effort to (fight crimes against women and children but especially children) because: as children, they are helpless, and for the reason that they are young, they are powerless, weak and vulnerable.

    If my life had turned out differently, I'd be (in the foreign service, a diplomat, an attache or an ambassador overseas) because: that was my dream when I was younger, that was what I wanted to be.

    If I could run for an elective office, I would choose to run for (Provincial Board Member, like my husband) because: I believe I have the qualifications, I know the duties and responsibilities of a Board Member and I already have the idea of how to be one and how things are done in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

    If I could settle in any other country for life, I would live in (the Bahamas, I guess) because: Bahamians speak English, they are Christians, the climate is good, economy is not bad, and it is near the United States.

    If I had enough money to build anything I wanted, anywhere I wanted, I would build (a nice rest house with solar panels that could generate power for the amenities in it, with a green house by the side, in the middle of a safe forest) because: I want to enjoy a quiet vacation, enjoy nature tripping, and enjoy Mother Nature (the fresh air of mountain breeze, landscapes, greeneries, exotic fruit trees, flowers, butterflies, birds, cool waterfalls, pristine waters of brooks, streams, etc.), away from the hustle and bustle of dense and crowded, urban areas.




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    WOMAN OF THE UNIVERSE. First Mrs. Universe-Intelligence, Engr. Muriel Moral-Pandi (or Lala), on the cover of Women's Journal magazine, is shown beaming (smiling radiantly) in the Universe. Seen in her background are our home planet, Mother Earth, the stars, galaxies, and nebulas across the Universe...
  • BEING BOTH A MISS PHILIPPINES AND A MRS. PHILIPPINES QUEEN & TITLE HOLDER

    1988 Binibining Pilipinas-Maja International, Engr. Maria Muriel Moral,
    is the only international winner in the 1988 batch of Bb. Pilipinas queens (she won the Best in National Costume and the Miss Maja-Simpatica awards at the 1988 Miss Maja International Pageant held in Puerto Rico). She's not a Bb. Pilipinas repeater.

    Moreover, she is the only Bb. Pilipinas major title winner/holder who is a Mrs. Universe-Philippines queen & title holder (2010). She's both a proclaimed Miss Philippines (a Bb. Pilipinas) and Mrs. Philippines (a Mrs. Universe), and the winner of the first-ever-awarded 'Intelligence Title' in the Universe.

    Here are the videos of her homecoming and a TV interview at ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel). Please watch...


  • connoisseurconnoisseur The Expert PExer
    It's really nice looking back at Engr. Maria Muriel Moral-Pandi who is a multi-award-winning beauty queen in the international or global level...

    and in the universal contest/event too! :) :) :)
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