MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There can never be enough beauty and other pageants in the Philippines. In fact, this country of more than 100 million people is often referred to as the pageant capital of the world. We’ve had our fair share of international pageant crowns.
Now comes yet another pageant like no other, sponsored by top local media like Inquirer, ABS-CBN and Rappler.
It’s a twin pageant in search of the very first ‘ Mutya ng Masa’ and ‘Reyna ng Intriga.’
Unlike most Philippine pageants, this new pageant franchise has nothing to do with physical beauty; not even brains. It is open only to those who claim to be journalists seeking fame and fortune by peddling intrigue and gossip-based information to the vulnerable public.
This year’s dual-theme is: “All sound, no fury,” and “All substance, no content.”
Retired queen of all media Kris Aquino will host the pageant finals to be held at the Mall of Asia. The panel of judges is headed by ABS-CBN’s Doris Bigornia, Rappler’s Maria Ressa, self-proclaimed investigative journalist Raissa Robles, and former entertainers Cynthia Patag, Leah Navarro and Jim Paredes.