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Performing Arts Philippines, Inc. (P.A.P.I.) is all set to celebrate its 19th year of existence on August 11, 2013 with a Gala Coronation Ball at the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  Proceeds from the affair will go into funding the organization’s two main objectives:  cultural (free teaching of Philippine folkdances) and educational (granting of scholarship to its deserving junior members).


To be crowned “Mrs. Performing Arts 2013” is Agnes Balatucan de Guzman, daughter of the late Ignacio Balatucan, a politician, and Elena Danao, a retired teacher.  Agnes holds a BSBA degree, major in Accounting, from the Philippine School of Business Administration in Manila, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Philippine Women’s University, in Quezon City, Philippines. To conform with her late father’s legacy on charity, Agnes’ goal is to involve her entire family in charitable causes, to enable them to help the needy, -- especially the less-fortunate children.  Agnes is blessed with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.  Walter Rivas, the husband of her daughter Arriane, will be her Escort for the event aand will receive the title of “Mr. Performing Arts 2013”.

Multi-talented Kay Habana, daughter of Dan and Cecile Habana, will be crowned “Miss Performing Arts 2013”.  A graduate of Mass Communications (major in Journalism and minor in Italian Language), this lovely Soprano has received various awards here in America and in Canada for her singing prowess. She currently works as MB2 NY’s Associate Artistic Director to Mr. Miguel Braganza II and has produced an album entitled “Sacred” -- featuring her Tenor colleague Rogelio Penaverde, Jr. and herself. She’s now working on her first solo album, set to be released before the year-end. She has no formal vocal training, but given the opportunity, she aspires to study Music (Voice) at the famed music school – Julliard.  For the event, Kay will be escorted by handsome Chris Randhel G. de Guzman with the title of “Prince Charming 2013”.

Charming Nneka Jane N. Bahian will be crowned “Miss Debutante Performing Arts 2013”,  the daughter of Rudy and Elena Bahian of Elizabeth, New Jersey.  Nneka is 18 and an 11th Grade student at the John E. Dwyer Tech Academy.  In school, she is a member of the Ileap Center Staff and the Tech Group.  She sings, plays the ukulele, and performs Filipino folk dances as member of  the FICA Dance Troupe under the choreography of her Mom Elena.  She will be escorted by Seth Yap, the son of Milagros Yap, with the title of  “Debonaire P.A.P.I. 3013”.

Beauty and Brains Celine T. Pascual, daughter of Cezar and Lyn Pascual, will be crowned “Miss Teen Performing Arts 2013”.  She is in Grade 11 at the Bayonne High School, where she has been recipient of various academic and athletic awards, such as:  Student of the Month Awards, Math Plus Member, Reading Achievement Award, District Art Show Participant, Outstanding Cheerleader Award, and – most distinctively -- Member of the National Honor Society.  Aside from cheerleading, she is also into gymnastics, basketball, softball, and tract.  Her equally brainy and talented brother Neil Pascual will escort her as “Mr. Teen Performing Arts 2013”.  Neil also attends the Bayonne High School and is a Member of the National Honor Society and the World Language Honor Society.

To be crowned as “Miss Young Performing Arts 2013” is 12-year old Desiree Wisotsky, the talented daughter of Daniel, a Security Supervisor, and Margie, an active community leader in New York.  Dessy, as she is fondly called, is in 7th Grade at the St. Pancras, who started singing and dancing at a very early age and is frequently requested to perform at various big events in New Jersey and New York.  In school, she is into gymnastics and plays volleyball and basketball,   Her brother Paul Thomas Wisotsky will be her escort with the title of “Mr. Young Performing Arts 2013”.  A student at Christ the King, Paul excels academically, having received Best in Math and Best in Science Awards.

Managing the event are Over-all Chair Norma C. Rabara, Coronation Chairlady Tudy N. Basilio, and Coronation Co-Chair Rose Javier.  Well-known designer Elvira Reyes is Pageant Director, while Rolly Pastadan is Pageant Choreographer, with Merilyn H. Narciso as Pageant Coordinator.  A tandem of popular community volunteers – Linda Arellano, Sonny Austria, and Ria Serrano – will emcee the occasion.

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