Perhaps no other country in the world holds as many beauty contests as the Philippines. Indeed, beauty pageants have become a significant part of Filipino culture.
A fiesta will not be complete without a beauty contest. It is a stepping stone for ambitious young women from different social backgrounds who aspire to fame, modelling opportunities, and even a showbiz career. Anywhere she goes, a beauty queen will be treated like royalty.
The communities that will take part in the Aliwan Fiesta, scheduled on April 26 to 28 have presented a bevy of beauties as their festival muses. Who among them will de declared fairest of all?
Bets from the north are led by Karla O’Hara for the Panagbenga festival of Baguio; Chanel Mistyca Corpuz for the Abrenian Kawayan festival of Abra; and Joy Mayanne Barcoma for the Talong festival of Villasis, Pangasinan.
Bulacan is sending Lady Justerinnie Santos to represent the Singkaban festival of Malolos and Micaela Manuel for the Halamanan festival of Guiguinto.
Quezon Province, in turn has a triple pitch with Radhell Berbon for the Tagultol festival of Atimonan; Ella Mariz Cayabyab for the Boling Boling festival of Catanauan; and Ashanti Shane Ervas for the Niyogyugan festival.
The lone entry from Rizal province is Maristela Santiago, representing Tayo Na sa Antipolo Maytime festival.
Visayan pulchritude has four faces this year. First-time participant Caluya, Antique is sending Joyce Marie Sebio for the Binirayan festival, while Iloilo Paraw Regatta will field Keziah Bartolome. Shaila Mae Rebortera attempts to keep the crown for the Sinulog festival of Cebu, with Chelsea Fernandez of Tacloban’s Sangyaw festival aims to win it for the Warays.
SOCSKSARGEN will be fully represented by Arl Banquerigo of the Munato festival in Sarangani; Sharifa Mangatong Areef Mohammad Omar Akeel for the Kalimudan festival of Sultan Kudarat; with General Santos City’sNovie Shane Leonerio for the Tuna festival; and Elizabeth Bills for the Kalilangan festival. Honors for North Cotabato’s Kalivungan festival will be carried by Chrislyn Jabonero.
Rounding up this year’s entries are Jackie Ruth Urongan for the Salug festival of Zamboanga del Norte and Bianca Iraham for the Zamboanga Hermosa festival.
The 2018 Reyna ng Aliwan pageant night will be held at the outdoor stage in front of the Aliw Theater at the CCP Complex on April 27. The coronation night follows the grand parade and festival dance showdown on April 28. This year’s Festival Queen winner will receive P100,000 cash and a trophy, plus the chance to be a goodwill ambassadress for domestic tourism. Previous winners have gone on to participate in international beauty contests and have likewise tracked careers in professional modeling.
Aliwan Fiesta 2018 is supported by Pride Laundry Detergent, Unique Toothpaste, White Rose Kojic Whitening Soap, Smart Dishwashing Detergent, Tanduay, Globe, Dunkin Donuts, the Tourism Promotions Board, Alaska, Columbia Canbdies, Cherry Mobile, Symdex E, Fukuda, Nature Spring, AICS, Manila Bulletin, GES Lights, Steeltech, and Whiteflower Analgesic Balm.
For details about this year’s participants and line-up of activities, email [email protected] or call 832.6125 / 555.3477. Those interested may also check out Aliwan Fiesta 2018’s official Facebook page or log ontowww.aliwanfiesta.com.ph
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