Maita Gomez – Timeless Beauty – 1967 Miss World Philippines

Remembering Maita Gomez

Hindi man singdami ng mga nagluksa sa pagkawala ni Dolphy ang mga nagluksa sa pagkawala ni Maita Gomez, alam kong marami ang nalungkot sa bigla niyan pagkawala. Marami na akong naririnig na kwento tungkol kay Maita ngunit lately na lang ako naging interesado after kong mabasa ang isang magasin about her coronation as Miss World Philippines 1967. Kahit kilalang modelo at beauty queen hindi ito naging hadlang to become a revolutionary or communist underground to fight the government.  Iniwan niya ang marangyang buhay bilang modelo, lifestyle… at  maging ang pamilya ay isinakripisyo.. namundok at nakipaglaban sa prinsipyong kanyang pinaniniwalaan.. She was a founder of the women’s organization Gabriela and advocates of social change.

Bago itanghal na Miss World Philipines 1967, sumali muna si Maita ng Binibining Pilipinas. Kagagaling lamang niya noon sa Modelling stint sa Australia featuring Australian designers called “Up from Down Under “  ng sumali siya sa Binibining Pilipinas, at the last minute she backed out.

Maita as Free Press cover after her coronation as Miss Philippines World 1967

 

She joined Top Ten Fashion Models Competitions and won the 1967 Miss World Philippines title. Sa Philamlife Auditorium sa Ermita ginanap ang pageant finals. 37 kilalang modelo ang naglaban laban para sa titulo, isa sa mga highlight ng finals ang pagpili ng sampung natatanging modelo.  The event was a fund raising project para sa Scholarship Foundations for Filipino Youth.

Maita in Mini..

 

Before finals night she was not aware about Miss Philippines World contest. Nalaman na lang nya na may contest  for Miss World Philippines after the selection of Top Ten Models at habang tinatanong na siya ng judges.

 

Lovely!

 

Kabilang sa Top 10 in order that they are called up to the stage ay sina;

  1. Tina santos
  2. Cherry Pie Villonco
  3. Jean Margaret Lim
  4. Pearlie Arcache
  5. Toni Serrano
  6. Dinty Barredo
  7. Baby Santiago (1968 Queen of the Pacific)
  8. Joji Felix Velarde RIP (of Carousel productions)
  9. Chona Kasten
  10. Maita Favis Gomez

Top 10 – Maita, Chona, Joji, Baby, Dinty, Toni, Perlie, Jean Margaret, Cherry Pie and Tina

2nd year pre med student siya nuon sa University of the Philippines ng manalo national contest.

 

Flower Girl – Maita as Magazine Cover..

Trivia:

–          Nakawig siya ng manalong Miss Philippines

–          Isa siyang Assumptionista at well travelled

–          She has Spanish father

–          Her mom is from Pangasinan

–          She stands 5’8 ( the tallest among the candidates)

–          Isa sa favorite authors nya si Nick Joaquin

–          She was a scholar in June Dally Watkins School of Deprtment of Modelling

–          Gabriela founder

–          She was a member of all girls singing group – Bogie Dogies

–          She loves short hair

–          She knows how to play guitar

 

Maita at present.. woman for social change!

 

Winner!

 

Maita Gomez may you rest in peace…

Nagmamahal,

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