Aspiring lawyer wins Mutia Ti La Union 2020


    IN what could be the grandest, star-studded and superbly-organized provincial pageant anywhere in the country, Mutia Ti La Union 2020 crowned its new queens last Monday at Poro Point Baywalk, San Fernando, La Union.

    The glittery event was one of the highlights of La Union’s 170th founding anniversary.

    Divina Marie Ortiz Villanueva, an aspiring lawyer from Sudipen, was crowned as Mutia Ti La Union 2020, succeeding Meghan Sanglay, who also represented Sudipen.

    Villanueva bested 19 other contestants representing the different municipalities and capital city of San Fernando to bag the coveted title on top of several special awards. As the top winner, she won P100,000 in cash and will be La Union’s ambassador in its vigorous campaign to become the heart of agri tourism in northern Luzon by 2025.

    Crowned as Mutia Ti La Union Turismo was Fe Ladyma Abacco of Rosario, while Shaira May Soria of Pugo became the first-ever Mutia ti La Union Agrikultura. First runner-up was Christine Jan Padua of Balaoan and second runner-up was Roxanne Danielle Sanglay of the City of San Fernando.

    The celebrity panel of judges included Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Supsup Lee, designer Albert Andrada, actor Marco Gumabao, Ambassador Igor Khovaev of the Russian Federation, Pangasinan Rep. Christopher de Venecia and PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica.

    Miss Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Venus Raj, Billy Crawford and Robi Domingo hosted the four-hour pageant, which also featured the performance of Iñigo Pascual.

    Hats off to the Provincial Government of La Union headed by Gov. Pacoy Ortega, La Union information and tourism office and the entire production team of Lumina Events led by director Bernard Maybituin for a well-planned and excellently executed pageant.

    Congratulations to Jane Nicole Miñano who was voted as Darling of the Press at the Miss Caloocan 2020 press presentation last week.

    Nicole, who is taking a second crack at the beauty tilt after placing second runner-up in 2018, joins 17 other beauties from North and South Caloocan at the 6th annual pageant finals under the leadership of Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan.

    The finals, where reigning Miss Caloocan and Binibining Pilipinas 2020 candidate Shanon Tampon will crown her successor, will be held at the Caloocan Sports Complex tomorrow, March 7 at 6 pm.

    Kagandahang Flores Pageant Camp founder Rodgil Flores will direct the event.

    Birthday greetings and a big thank you to reigning Mrs. Asia Pacific Global Avon Morales for involving us in her annual charity mission at Social Development Center Orphanage in Pasay City last weekend. Together with her fellow beauty queens from Queen of Hearts Philippines, Avon brought cheers to the children of the orphanage by way of entertainment, games and gift-giving. A mother of two and the HR head of a group of holdings companies, Avon turned 44 last Tuesday but looks no more than 30!