June 19, 2018, 2:18 pm
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Budding beauty from Quezon named honorary Rosa Mistica

THE 39th Flores de Mayo, presented by Congregacion del Nombre del Niño Jesus and SM Mall of Asia, was staged at the MOA Music Hall last Sunday and participated in by 31 designers who dressed their muses in their most exquisite Filipiniana creations that were in line with the annual event’s theme this year – Ginintuang Ani for Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The fairest maidens – models, national and international beauty queens – were escorted by equally gorgeous models and pageant kings.

One sagala who stood out was Eimeverlee Fren Avellano Canimo, a 13-year-old lass from Alabat, Quezon who was given a special citation as honorary Rosa Mistica, in addition to the traditional titles bestowed annually.  

Canimo, or Tin to family and friends, was singled out by the event’s committee for being the youngest sagala in the history of the May festival that honors the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tin could have easily passed as one of the flower girls who would offer flowers before the image of the
Virgin Mary. But at her tender age, she has already shown potential to become a top beauty queen in the future, having won the Bb. Kalikasan-Calabarzon 2017 pageant last September, and eventually, the coveted Bb. Kalikasan 2018 title at the national finals in Baguio City last February.

Balancing her multi-pronged activities is a talent for Tin as she also excels in academics and was named as one of the Academic Awardees during the recognition day at Calayan International School Foundation in Lucena City, her alma mater where she is in Grade 8.

As honorary Rosa Mistica, Tin was one of the penultimate sagalas who paraded on stage and walked at the tradition procession around MOA grounds. She wore a gold ensemble created by Roy Aquino and escorted by De La Salle-CSB student Van Allen Ong.

Tin took to the stage along with some of the county’s top beauty queens and models, including Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2015 Leren Mae Bautista, Miss Multinational 2018 Sophia Sordan Señoron, Bb. Pilipinas-International 2018 Ahtisa Manalo (who is also from Quezon), Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago, Miss Global Philippines 2017 Mary Ann Mungcal and Miss Lumiere International 1st runner-up Sammie Anne Legaspi.  

Esteemed fashion designers Renee Salud, Oliver Tolentino, Chico Estiva, Louis Pangilinan, Jontie and Nickky Martinez, Ole Morabe, Rholand Roxas and Sony Boy Mindo, among others, showcased their creations at the spectacular show of pageantry and Marian devotion that was directed by Ogee Atos. Hermanos and Hermanas Mayores for the event were Ben Farrales, Dr. Mila How, Nelson Mendoza and Ms. Jessica Maloles.

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Congratulations to the winners of the 18th Miss Earth Philippines swimsuit, cocktail wear and evening gown competitions held on two separate nights at Versailles Palace Alabang, the centerpiece events place of the posh Versailles Alabang in Las Piñas City, right across Ayala Alabang. 

In the swimsuit competition, Celeste Cortesi of the Filipino Community of Rome, Italy took the gold, while Marra Silvosa of Cateel, Davao Oriental and Princess Faye Fernandez of Laak, Compostela Valley brought home the silver and bronze, respectively.

The cocktail wear competition was won by Halimatu Yushawu of Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay while Cortesi and Aubrey Elauria of San Pedro City placed second and third, respectively.

Berjayneth Chee of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental was a picture of confidence and elegance to snatch the gold during the evening gown competition. Cortesi and Yushawu got for silver and bronze, respectively.

Coronation night will be on May 19 at MOA Arena and aired on ABS-CBN on May 27.

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Good luck to all the contestants of Mr. & Miss Hannah’s Tourism Philippines, the expanded annual national search of the tourism ambassadors of Hannah’s Beach Resort, dubbed as the “Jewel of the North” in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. The winners will be selected tomorrow at Resorts World Manila’s Newport Performing Arts Theater.
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