Beauty pageants are a big part of our culture and, especially if held internationally, would always go down in the annals of history as a remarkable event for Pinoys . An iWant original series titled “Beauty Queens” turns this Pinoy addiction to ‘battles of beauty and brains’ into an astounding drama that explores the lives of konteseras behind the seemingly perfect pageant milieu.
WATCH: Official trailer of iWant’s “Beauty Queens”
The show circles around a premier family of beauty queens headed by the matriarch Dahlia Rodriguez-De Veyra (Gloria Diaz), her tragic past with mom Tarsila (Maris Racal) and the awful challenges of forcibly molding her children into becoming titleholders like her. Dahlia’s kids, however regal, have other priorities than winning a crown. One of these potential queens opts to become an activist and the other one enters the convent. This conflict would give rise to more issues and drama until Dahlia’s ‘skeletons’ are out in the open.
This interesting series features a cast of real-life beauty queens like Gloria Diaz, Maxine Medina, and Winwyn Marquez. They are joined by Lotlot de Leon, Nella Dizon, and Ross Pesigan. Kapamilya actress Maris Racal will play a special role as Tarsila Zamora, the first-ever titleholder in the clan.
Maris, Maxine, and Nella psyched viewers as they share more about the series in this Kapamilya Chat interview. Nella acts as the young Dahlia, a strong woman taught to use her allure, intelligence, and strength to get what she wants in order not to imitate her mom Tarsila’s dreadful life.
Playing as the eldest child of Dahlia, Maxine’s Daisy defied everyone’s expectations when she turned her back on the family’s pageant legacy to pursue a religious vocation. The Miss Universe Philippines 2016 hinted at a deeper motive behind her character’s desire to become a nun.
Maris provides the backstory as Tarsila, a beauty queen during the 40s era whose name became the perfect soil to plant the family’s seemingly fruitful legacy. But behind Tarsila’s glamorous life as a queen and a politician’s wife is her weak persona that succumbs to domestic violence. Her eldest daughter Dahlia would grow up witnessing her tragic experiences.
Before “Beauty Queens” premiere, Maxine, Maris, and Nella gamely took on The Game of Crown Challenge wherein they showcased their knowledge on Filipino proverbs. It was a 10-item fill-in-the-blank game that spawned totally hilarious ‘hirit’ moments.
Maxine, claiming to have just been influenced by funny gay friends, got us laughing with her answers “Kung ano’ng itinanim ay siya rin ang bunga,” “Ang magandang asal ay kaban ng bigas,” and “Ang batang hindi nagsasabi ng katotohanan ay sinungaling.”
Of course, Maris also put her wit in the game, saying “Kapag may isinuksok, may butas.” Meanwhile, Nella provided the pearl of wisdom and took the explaining seriously. “Kapag maiksi ang kumot, matutong mamaluktot. Kapag may binigay sa’yong certain situation dapat matuto kang mag-adjust kung anong meron ka,” Nella said.
The second round of the game required the three ladies to guess different Philippine tourist destinations.
Catch Maxine, Maris, and Nella alongside Gloria Diaz and Winwyn Marquez in the newest iWant offering, “Beauty Queens” streaming on July 15.