Sunday, July 18, 2010


Durham has been sending beautiful muses since the start of the the Mabuhay Cup in 2004. There must be something in the water. Or the eye of Girlie Guzman-Padillo.

I arrived late at the Mabuhay Cup to cover the ceremonies and the speeches.


I really like listening to speeches. Anyway, all is not lost. The winner and first runner-up of the Sport Model pageant were still there. The PIDC Mabuhay Cup Miss Sports Model 2010 is Macey Atienza and the First runner-up is Nicole Taino. They are both beautiful, pleasant and tall. I really can’t remember any more details when it comes to beautiful women such as what team they represent.

Shane Ericka Ico was Sports Model 2009.
Paulina Chan poses with 2008 first runner-up Michelle Aurello.

Nicole Taino is first runner-up Sports Model 2010.

Mabuhay Cup Sports Model 2006 Paulina Chan and Sport Model 2008 Alyxandrea Francisco strike a pose.

However, the fact that Nicole represents Durham got my attention. This is the group has consistently sent beautiful muses since the beginning of the Mabuhay Cup in 2004. But Durham’s streak started in 2006 with Paulina Chan winning Sports Model 2006 who became a Miss Philippines PIDC in 2008.

The first runner-up for 2007, Michelle Aurello is from Durham.

Miss Sports Model 2008 Alyxandrea Francisco and Miss Sports Model 2009 Shane Erica Ico were also from Durham.

Girlie Guzman-Padillo gets cozy with Paulina Chan, Miss Sports Model 2006 and Miss PIDC Philippines 2008.

If you had to choose one person responsible for Durham’s beauty success, you’d choose Girlie Guzman-Padillo. She is is in charge of picking out who to send as muse to the PIDC’s Mabuhay Cup Basketball torunament.

“Well, obviously, besides picking the beautiful ones, you also teach them how to walk, how to move, how to smile, etc...” says Girlie Guzman-Padillo. She can be compared to Osmel Sousa, the President of the Miss Venezuela Organisation. Venezuela takes it’s beauty pageants very seriously and the results show it - six Miss Universes, five Miss Worlds, and a Miss Earth. Only India takes it as seriously - two Miss Universes and five Miss Worlds - but Venezuela is the top beauty titlist producer.

Durham’s Guzman-Padillo makes sure that the girls they send, beautiful as they are already, do not look unkempt.

“You also don’t send them there as if they just woke up,” she adds. “We also pick out the outfit, making sure that it is beautiful but also they are comfortable wearing it.”

Since it’s start in 2004, Durham has won 3 Sports Model title and placed 2 as first runner up.

Not bad for a tournament that’s just six years old.

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