Tuesday, May 22, 2012

214. Carnival Beauties: LEONOR BUSTAMANTE, 1927 Miss Cavite


CAVITE'S CHARMER. Leonor Bustamante, the first Miss Cavite, competed in the 1927 Manila Carnival search for the second Miss Philippines.

The province of Cavite was another staunch supporter of the Manila Carnival undertakings, contributing its own commercial, agricultural and industrial exhibits for the fair. It also held its own Carnival versions--and at least one petit carnival, held in Imus, was organized in the mid 20s. In the 2nd National Beauty Contest of the national fair, Cavite sent the winsome 16 year old Leonor Bustamante as its official delegate, the first known Miss Cavite. Miss Philippines for that year went to Luisa Marasigan, who came in as Miss Manila.

3 comments:

bryantpark said...

Hi Alex,

Wow! Leonor Bustamante happens to be my grandmother and quite surprised to see her here. Sadly, our family doesn't have any information or photos prior to her marrying my grandfather and moving to Negros Occ. I'm wondering if you probably might have more information or photos of her while she was still in Cavite. We likewise have lost our ties with our relatives on her side. All we know is that her family's from Naic, Cavite. Any information of leads would be very much appreciated.

Thank you.

Richard

alex r. castro said...

Hi Richard, Many thanks, but information about your lovely Lola is so scant.All i know is that she went to a beauty/cosmetic school in Manila, in the 1930s.Can your relatives piece a biographical sketch of her?

bryantpark said...

Hi Alex. Many thanks for the reply. I'll probably have to ask around. Unfortunately though, there aren't too many that are still around. About the only thing my generation knows is that she was Miss Cavite. She eventually married my grandfather, who's a Jison from Silay City. I'll try to get back to you in case I find anything. Thanks a lot for featuring my lola.