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Bicol’s Melody Gersbach is 2009 Binibining Pilipinas-International

March 7, 2009

Miss Bicolandia 2008 Melody Gersbach has been crowned Binibining Pilipinas (Bb.)-International in a recently concluded beauty pageant in Manila on Sunday, March 8, 2009. With her are winners Pamela Bianca Manalo and Marie-Ann Umali, awarded the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and Bb. Pilipinas-World titles respectively in a field of 24 semi-finalists.

Ms. Gersbach is a 23-year old graduate of business management at the University of Asia and the Pacific. She works as the manager of a family-owned restaurant in Legazpi City. Pamela Manalo who won Best Swimsuit Award, is a 22 year old flight stewardess with a degree in Advertising in Assumption College in Manila. Besting the beauty candidates in the long gown competition, Marie-Ann Umali was chosen as Miss Photogenic. She is a native of Batangas City with a Tourism degree from College of St. Benilde.

The dazzling evening coronation was held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Hosted by Paolo Bediones and Iza Calzado, the event was shown live in GMA channels all over the country. The first runner-up was 20-year UP graduate Richell Agalot (Miss Talent) followed by 26 year old Regina Hahn, the second runnerup. Gizelle Jasmin Rivamonte, a 23-year old Oncology nurse who works at the Veterans Hospital in Quezon City was voted Miss Friendship.(Photo Credits: http://www.marianrivera.co.nr/ Noli Berioso/ OPMB Wordwide) =0=

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Young Brazilian beauty queen dies of sepsis

January 25, 2009

The 20 year old Brazilian beauty queen Mariana Bridi da Costa died of the effects of sepsis after weeks of fighting an overwhelming systemic infection caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a gram-negative bacteria.

In late December 2008, the young model and family breadwinner who represented her country in international beauty contests was initially suspected to have kidney stones and urinary tract infection (UTI) which worsened and led to septicemia (presence of infection in the bloodstream,) loss of consciousness, and the amputation of both her hands and feet.

Pseudomonas is commonly found in soil and water and can cause a gamut of conditions ranging from mild local skin infections to systemic overwhelming ones which involve deep-seated body organs. In severe cases, like the case of Da Costa, the virulent organism can cause poor blood circulation (hypoperfusion,) shock, and breakdown of tissues leading to organ failure, and eventual death.

A rare cause of UTI, the bacteria can be anti-biotic resistant. It may infect patients with low immunity (immunocompromised,) diabetes, cystic fibrosis, hospitalized patients, and those made vulnerable because of certain debilitating illnesses. Known to be in good health before her illness, Da Costa’s infection has baffled her doctors.

The death of the beauty queen on January 24, 2009 sent shock waves to those who admire her. Many concerned individuals who learned about her plight expressed their sympathies and prayers. Her website was overwhelmed by outpouring or support from people all over the world. (Photo Credit: AP)=0=