MASSKARA Queen 2016 Valerie Escamilla, a senior Hotel and Restaurant Management student of John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation-Bacolod, is willing to work with the City Government if she will be given a job that suits her.
Escamilla, 20, who majors in Cruise Ship Services, bested nine other candidates during the coronation night held at SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City on October 15.
Escamilla said she will use her title to serve as an ambassadress of Bacolod especially on her advocacy in education.
Escamilla, who did not get any special or corporate awards, said that she was very happy when her name was announced at the top five candidates.
Escamilla got the judges' nod with her standout answer to the final question: “If there would be a plot to kill ugly women, will you be spared or will you be initiated, why or why not?”
"I know and I believe that I will be spared because I will use my title as a MassKara Queen to influence my fellow youth,” she answered.
She said that if she will win the title, it’s not simply a crown that will be put on her head, but that her title would also be an inspiration to her fellow youth.
Escamilla said she's very proud and it’s very heartwarming to bring home the crown to her school.
"I will use my crown to promote Bacolod City," she added.
Maria Angela Clarisse Estioko, 17, a Physical Therapy student of Riverside College, was the first runner-up. She was also awarded Miss Telepeformance, Miss Olay, Miss Photogenic and Darling of the Press.
Ancella Denise Anne Pastias, 17, a Tourism Management student at STI West Negros University, was named second runner-up. She also won Best in Swimsuit and Best in Gown and was awarded Miss Jojo Vito Designs.
Erika Joille Patayon, 16, a Grade 11 student of Negros Occidental High School, was third runner-up. She also won Best in Talent and was awarded Miss Social Media Princess.
Pink Erica Eirene Genolos, 17, of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College-Talisay, was fourth runner-up. Her other awards were Best in Cocktails, Miss Merzci and Miss SmartBro.
Other candidates who received corporate and special awards were Janine Pearl Casilao, 20, of VMA Global College - Miss Queen Supercat, Miss Negros Bloggers Choice, Miss Designers Choice Award, and Miss SunStar Bacolod Readers’ Choice, Dessa Jane Dangallo, 18, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos - Miss Skin Solutions and Lyka Jingco Legaspi, 17, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College-Alijis - Miss Congeniality.
This year's pageant was hosted by the Association of Colleges and Universities of Negros Occidental led by Ditas Joson of the LCC-Bacolod Graduate School.
Silver MassKara Festival Organization (SMFO) director Eli Francis Tajanlangit said that for the first time, they will handle the affairs of the MassKara Queen.
He said they will set a meeting with Escamilla to set the ground rules on how she will be go about her reign.
"We will agree on a certain things like what event she will go to because she is now representing Bacolod City," Tajanlangit added.
SMFO will also bring Escamilla to Jonas Gaffud, the trainer behind the success of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
Tajanlangit said they want to give Escamilla inputs on how to present herself, and they will also provide her a make-up artist and wardrobe.
After Escamilla graduates, the City Government will offer her a job.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 22, 2016.
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