by Stefan R. Saldon | February 9, 2023
Sillimanian Merry Louie Cadalso wished to call for the importance of mental health in her reign as the newly-crowned Langub Queen-Miss Mabinay 2023.
Cadalso discussed the opportunity to raise awareness of mental health, illness, and LGBTQIA+ rights.
“Sounds like a cliché, but it’s something that needs to be taken very seriously,” Cadalso said.
She explained that with the right coping mechanism and support system, the journey to stability and recovery doesn’t have to be rough.
Apart from this, Cadalso also shared her desire to participate in activities organized by Local Government Units aligned with services, such as donation drives and feeding programs.
“I don’t want to just have them applaud my words, I want to show that I’m a woman of my word,” she added.
With the experiences gained over the years, Cadalso considered the world of pageantry as gateways to highlight advocacies that she cared about.
“In order for the impact on the community to be significant and remarkable, the effort we put into anything we do must be great,” Cadalso said.
She also said that her victory is simply “one among many testimonies that exhibited Sillimanians’ excellence in everything they do, not just for themselves, but for the community.”
Cadalso added how her winning title can inspire everyone to give back to the community and contribute to the causes that people care about.
“I want to be a role model, an inspiration, a catalyst for change, and I could do all that if I were given such opportunities,” she added.
Cadalso also brought home the title of Miss Congeniality and Miss MLhuillier during the competition held at the Municipal Evacuation Center on Jan. 22.