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To walk in a dramatic, self-designed gown with a long canvas train rendered in textile and acrylic paint, then embellished with beads upon beads and appliqués upon appliques of flora and finished by crown glitter, Mrs. Universe South Asia 2017 Joyce Peñas Pilarsky is Queen Helena of the Santacruzan of the 60th anniversary of Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish, Philam Homes, Quezon City on May 28 starting 6 p.m.

Joyce Peñas Pilarsky

Joyce has five crowns to her name. She won Mrs. Philippines Germany 2000, Mrs. Philippines for Mrs. Asia International 2014, Mrs. Asia International Global 2014, and Mrs. Ecotourism International 2017.

She is working to add another one as Mrs. Universe South Asia 2017 with the title to beawarded in Durban, South Africa this Aug. 26 to Sept. 3. The first time to be held in the African continent, Pilarsky will compete with the over 80 beauty queen mothers from all over the world.

The beauty queen is cast in Anthony Hernandez’s new advocacy film, “New Generation Heroes” produced by Tiger Films.

Her escort in the Santacruzan is Cian Fider.

Other activities

The Organizing Committee under Rev. Msgr. Daniel Sta. Maria, Parish Priest and Vicar General of the Diocese of Cubao, is also holding a grand celebration titled “Sta. Rita @60” at the parish till May 28. It is subtitled “Maturing as a Communion of Communities.”

Joyce Peñas Pilarsky gown for Santacruzan (

Joyce Peñas Pilarsky gown for Santacruzan

It opened with the screening of Regis Films and Entertainment Inc.’s “Tatlong Bibe,” a star-studded advocacy film promoting the power of prayer. Fr. Bong Bongayan gave a post-screening talk.

An agape featuring a three-suite, fashion-dance revue with a Filipiniana theme and sit-down dinner was held May 21 at 6 p.m. at the Sta. Rita Social Hall. Featuring Pilarsky’s couture collection with the members of the Sta. Rita Parish Youth Ministry as performers and models, former GMA Network artist Stephanie Henares was guest model. Choreography was by former Bayanihan member Romeo Abarro and Christine Hibe.

The Flores de Mayo is held daily at 6 p.m. It is highlighted by the innovative Santacruzan featuring senior citizens assagalas. This marks the closing of the Jubilee Door.

Other weekend spiritual and fun-oriented community activities are also scheduled.Some of the volunteers are Lina Tuazon, Pilarsky, Edith Fider, and Edgar O. Cruz.

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