In the Philippines,
beauty pageants are no longer just beauty pageants. Believe it or not,
beauty pageants have become a significant part of the Filipino culture.
It is probably true that there are no other countries in the world that
hold as many beauty contests as the Philippines. In this island nation,
the 'Miss' contests are considered important social functions whereby
beauty queens are admired, respected and treated like stars wherever they
pageants see the participation of many beautiful and ambitious young women
from different social backgrounds who aspire for quick ascend to the top
of the career ladder. However, in today's beauty pageant, contestants
can no longer rely on good looks alone. In order to have a chance at being
crowned, a contestant must also possess intelligence, be over a minimum
height and be able to produce a high school leaving certificate. Although
winning is tough, nevertheless, many young women still participate to
have a chance at being voted the 'fairest of them all'.