The Ms. Paraluman contestants this year come from a diverse background. Everybody is busy earning a living, while caring for a family of her own, or attending to other families as a caregiver or a nanny.
Rizzelyn Catequista is a nurse. Merlita Fernando is in the business of buying and selling real estate. Naisy Morota is caregiver and a part-time entrepreneur with Nature’s Pearl One. Angeline Failano is a real estate assistant. Cristina Servito is a personal support worker.
The Paraluman contest is an annual fundraising event of the FCT. The candidate who gets the highest total number of points is proclaimed the winner. The points are based on the number of votes she has received, the number of sponsors and ads she collected for the souvenir program and the tickets she sold for the Paraluman events. In addition, she earns points during the course of competition for her talent presentation, the Philippine regional costume she showcased, the evening gown or Philippine terno she modeled on the last night of the competition, her poise and personality, as well as her answers to the questions posed by the interviewer. Most Photogenic will be chosen separately by a media panel while Miss Congeniality will be chosen by the candidates themselves. Both titles won’t carry any points.
The annual competition, which is now on its third year, has always been an exciting one, and the candidates do their best to win.
The winner for Ms. Paraluman 2014, Rizzelyn Catequista was born in the Philippines but raised in Dubai before coming to Toronto as a teenager. She obtained her nursing degree from York University. Today, she is more than happy and blessed to be doing what she loves most - nursing the ones in need of surgery - as PeriOperative Registered Nurse at Toronto General Hospital. When not at work, she is actively involved with various associations in the community, namely the Filipino Nurses Association of Ontario as Ambassador, Zamboanga Hermosa as Secretary, Singles for Christ, Friends of Dasmas, Church lector and usher, Out of the Cold program and Legion of Mary. Her hobbies are traveling, baking, swimming and playing the piano. Her motto is: Live Humbly, Care Generously. No one has gone poor from giving.”