Lola from Utah wins beauty pageant
Manny Pacquiao's aunt also wins
LONG BEACH, California – Seventy-one year old life-long home maker Julie Rose from Utah now holds the title as Queen Lola 2013, after accepting a friend's dare to join the beauty pageant.
"It's awesome! It's awesome. Most of the family is here," Rose said.
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 seven children and 37 grandkids, bench presses 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," she said.
Ten women competed in the second annual pageant, the only requirements: be Filipino and to have grandchildren.
While there was no swimsuit competition, the women gave worldly advice during the question and answer portion.
Pacquiao's aunt wins several honors
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.
"Manny yun nga ang akin, 'Laban, Laban natin lahat' Manny, thank you so much, Jinkee thank you so much!" she said.
Prizes for the winners include Philippine vacations, jewelry, and spokesperson and television appearances.
The pageant raised money for both the ABS-CBN foundation and Search to Involve Pilipino Americans for their work with youth, education and poverty programs.