By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
October 22, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif–There she is; the new Queen Lola; 71-year-old Susie Rose from Utah now has the title after accepting a friend’s dare to join the beauty pageant.
Titles are nothing new for Rose.
A physically active Lola, she emphasizes healthy living by competing in marathons and fitness competitions. She’s described as a regular cross fit junkie. The petite widow with 7 children and 37 grandkids dead lifts 150 pounds. “When we’re healthy and fit at my age, we get to enjoy our grandchildren a little longer and we are not a burden to our families, society anybody plus I can help people who are in need of help from me who I could not help otherwise if I am bedridden,” explained the newly crowned Queen Lola 2013.
With our own Gel Santos Relos and actor writer Erick Esteban.
Ten women competed in the second annual pageant. The only requirements; be Filipino and to have grand children.
While there was no swimsuit competition, the women gave worldly advice during the question and answer portion.
“Go ahead!” one Lola quipped when asked if a grandchild consulted her on changing religion for their spouse.
“Theres one aspect of the Filipinos I will not teach my grand children and that is called the Filipino time because when you practice filipino time you’re always late even to your funeral you’re late.” one contestant responded when asked about teaching Filipino values to her grandchildren.
Talent runs in Manny Pacquiao’s family. His aunt, Lily Lao, who is first cousins with Dionesa “Mommy D” Pacquiao, took home several titles including 4th runner up and best in talent for her one woman musical theater piece about her life story.
Prizes for the winners include Philippine vacations , jewelry, and television appearances.
The pageant raised money for both the ABS-CBN Foundation and ‘Search to Involve Pilipino Americans’ (SIPA) for their work with youth, education and poverty programs.