PWD EMPOWERMENT. Ms. Maica Rose Panelo (center), with speech impairment from Rosario, La Union, won as the Ms. Inclusion Philippines who will represent Ilocos Region in the national level. The search was held on Aug. 25 at the Robinsons Place in Calasiao, Pangasinan to show that despite having disabilities, these women have the potential to show their beauty, talent and wit. On the other hand, Ms. Cynthia Ann Gadiano (right) of Candon City, Ilocos Sur, who has systemic lupus erythematosus, bagged the first runner up while Ms. Mary Jane Paz (left) of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur with an orthopedic disability was crowned as the second runner-up. (photo by Victor A. Villanueva Jr./captioned by April M. Bravo/PIA-1)
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