Miss Progress International is a unique female pageant dedicated to HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND CULTURAL INTEGRATION.
MARY GRACE JEDAVER PANCHO OPINGO from Midsayap, North Cotabato was crowned Miss Progress International 2017 held in Puglia, Italy on October 20, 2017. Jedaver succeeded Natascha Fischer of Netherlands.
She received gold jewelries, cash and a chance to travel around the world to fulfill her duties as an ambassador for progress and development.
Full Results :
Miss Progress International - Mary Grace Jedaver Pancho Opingo (Philippines)
Miss Progress Health - Peru
Miss Progress Environment- Italy
Miss Progress Cultural Integration - Ukraine
Miss Progress Human Rights- Philippines
Miss Progress Internet - United Kingdom
Miss Progress Best in National Costume - Paraguay
Miss Progress Elegance - Brazil
Jedaver Opingo,was also named as 2nd in Online Voting, Best in National Costume First Runner-Up and Miss Progress Human Rights. Congratulations!
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Question: Can you share us something from your Ms Progress International experience?
Jedaver's Answer: I went to mountain and coastal areas to promote "Caravan for Progress i-LOVE IPs and the most important thing that I've learned is to go down and lift people up"
Miss Progress International 2017 Full Version
Miss Progress International 2017 Short Version
Jedaver's full performance
The winning moment
The newly crowned MISS PROGRESS INTERNATIONAL 2017 - Mary Grace Jedaver Pancho Opingo's winning project dedicated for human rights :
CARAVAN FOR PROGRESS iLOVE IPs (i-Literate, O-Optimize, V-Value, E-Empower Indigenous People )
The Philippines is blessed to have made up of diverse culture and rich cultural heritage. In 2013 census by the Philippine Statistics Office, the country has about 14 to 17 million indigenous people.
Indigenous People (IP’s) refer to a distinct group of people sharing common bonds of language, customs, traditions and artistic skills. Filipino IP’s rooted from a diverse range. The highland ethnic nations have co-existed with the lowland Austronesian ethnic nations for thousands of years in the Philippine archipelago.
The Philippine Constitution under Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA, 1997) recognizes, protects, promotes and strengthens the rights of the Indigenous People.
Identified Problems that hinders IP’s Progress:
Mostly, IPs in the Philippines are scattered and live in the interior places, uplands and coastal areas where access to basic needs, education, hospitals and potable water is highly remote. They usually rely on land to feed and sustain their lives. The struggles of these people were captured worldwide when an incident broke out in April 2016 of Lumads (local term for IPs) begging for food in the street but instead of rice, bullets of gunfire erupted to them killing 1 Lumad and many were hurt. Such a structural violence committed against humanity is a manifestation of DISCRIMINATION. Recognition of their identities, Understanding their Way of Life, Tolerance and promotion of their Right to Self-Determination are among those attributes to help elevate their lives.
My FOCUS GROUP for a project is the Indigenous People of Milaya, Midsayap, North Cotabato, Philippines. When I visited and personally talked with the tribal leader and the rest of the IP community, they expressed their sentiments that they felt rejected by the urban people. They seemed isolated, mocked and labeled as beggars and “people from the mountain” because of the clothes they wear.
“Caravan for Progress: i-LOVE IPs” helps promote the rights of the IPs, be recognized and protected.
Literate and liberate IPs through education.
Optimize IPs confidence through personality development and organized sustainable organic farming.
Value its customs, tradition and distinctive cultural trait.
Empower them to preserve their rights, live a sustainable life and promote intercultural solidarity among the people.
1. Visited and reached out various IP communities to experience and understand their way of living, customs, traditions and hear their aspirations.
2. Visited and conducted outreach programs to remote areas and mountainous places to amplify information on basic hygiene, personality development, and promotion of their rights and introduce the importance of education.
3. Conducted school tours and interactive programs to educate primary and secondary school students about IP culture and its way of living through inter-ethnic dialogue to STOP Discrimination.
4. Organized and solicited sponsors for foods, clothes, and school supplies in every Caravan for Progress Programs and Activities.
5. Joined different events and several speaking engagements to promote and strengthen the Caravan for Progress: i-LOVE IP Project.
6. Guesting in multiple media appearances like Radio, TV and Magazine Interviews and social media blogging to spread and amplify the project’s mission and vision, to make the campaign more effective and relevant.
Miss Progress International 2017 (5th edition #WeAreInPuglia) took place in the most beautiful region in the world according to Nationa Geographic - Puglia, Italy . The competition started last October 13, 2017 and the coronation happened in Carosino Theater, Puglia Italy last October 20, 2017 (pm Italian Time) . It was presented in English and Italian via LIVE FEED world wide. For more information, visit their web site at www.missprogressinternational.com and facebook page : Miss Progress International
Mentor/ Consultant : Ms Karen Jane Sabarre & Dr. Alfred Taboada Phd.
Miss Progress International 2017 Winners with Giuseppe Borillo (Pageant Director) and Ms Giusy Nobile (President)
From Left to Right:
Ianaiara - Ms Progress Paraguay ( Best in National Costume)
Natalia - Ms Progress Peru ( Miss Progress Health)
Jedaver -Ms Progress Philippines ( Miss Progress International)
Claudia- Ms Progress Italy ( Miss Progress Environment)
Dasha - Ms Progress Ukraine (Miss Progress Cultural Integration)
Naomi- Ms Progress UK ( Miss Progress Internet Choice)
Constanza - Ms Progress Brazil ( Miss Progress Elegance)
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