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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

DSWD-CAR launches search for Mr. and Ms. Cordillera Autonomy Youth Ambassadors

Updated: Aug 3, 2022

Baguio City, Philippines – As part of the efforts to promote Cordilleran autonomy to the younger generation in the Cordilleras, DSWD-CAR launched the first Mr. and Ms. Cordillera Autonomy Youth Ambassadors who shall be the voice of the youth.

In recent reports, it was found that many of the youth in the region are not yet well-informed about the quest for regional autonomy.

It can also be observed that there is a lack of young voices campaigning or supporting the bid for self-governance.

The search, according to DSDW-CAR, is among the highlights of the culmination program of 2022 Cordillera Founding Anniversary Celebration set on July 30, 2022, at the Convention Center in Baguio City.

Four young beauties and five gentlemen will vie for the quest for models who possess the ideal attributes of “Timek para iti Otonomiya,” more than the crowns and prestige on said day.

Who are the representatives?

Novy Jones L. Aban and Marilou B. Saguidec will represent the province of Benguet, while Kalinga will be represented by Shawn Michael A. Barila and Earene Joy A. Dawagan.

Candidates for Abra province are John Paul Juanillo and Angela May M. Respicio; Rickmhar P. Bayonao and Mericar D. Togana for Mountain Province; and Kyle Jon K. Tultog for Ifugao.

No official candidates for Apayao were sent to the host agency.

Awards and Prizes given to winners

Winning Mr. and Ms. Cordillera 2022 will be awarded P15,000 each; P13,000 each for First Runner Up; and P10,000 each for Second Runner Up.

For special awards, P2,000 will be given to each candidate who will be proclaimed as the Best Autonomy Advocacy Pitch, Best in Cordillera Creative Festival Attire, Best in Cordillera Talent, and Best in Ethnic Inspired Evening Gown and Formal Wear.

Non-winners will receive a consolation prize of P3,000 each.

Overall Criteria for Judging

Candidates will be judged on Autonomy Advocacy Pitch (15%), Creative Cordillera Festival Attire (15%), Cordillera Talent (15%), Ethnic Inspired Evening Gown (15%), and Question and Answer (40%).

Purpose of the pageant

“It is already stated in the Philippine Constitution that we should be an autonomous region. So, if we aspire for progress and development, then we should be united in this quest for regional autonomy. I personally believe that educating our people is the key. We need spokespersons to enlighten them on this matter, and I aim to help with that as a youth ambassador for cordillera autonomy,” expressed Togana of Mountain Province in a message sent to the Provincial Government of Mountain Province.


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