Miss Salay crowned Miss MisOr 2011

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Sunday, September 25, 2011


MISS Salay Gene Kerse Soldevilla was crowned Miss Misamis Oriental 2011 during the coronation night held at the Capitol grounds on Thursday.

Soldevilla, 21, a new registered nurse from Xavier University, is a native from Salay. She won the crown after impressing the judges of her wit during the question and answer portion.

Gabby Bacarro, marketing manager of Gaisano Mall who was one of the judges, threw the winning question to Soldevilla.

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Bacarro said he gave a perfect score as she knew exactly what to say.

Soldevilla is the first to be crowned as Miss Misamis Oriental during the term of Governor Oscar Moreno after organizers revived the pageant as one of the highlights of the week-long Salo-Tabo from September 19 to 23.

Aside from the cash prize, Soldevilla also received a trip-for-two to Hongkong courtesy of one of the major sponsors of the pageant.

During the coronation night, crowds flocked to the Capitol grounds to witness the most prestigious event, supporting their bets.

Soldevilla said she never expected to win, citing that Miss Medina Celeste Rose Almonia who won first runner up bagged the most special awards during the pageant.

Almonia, the crowd’s favorite, bagged the Ms. Gaisano, Ms. Dunkin, Ms. Philippine Sinter, Orbits, Best in Swimsuit and Best in Long Gown titles.

Completing the list of winners are Ms. Alubijid Ivy Ingrid Galinado as 2nd runner, Ms. Balingasag Sweet Ariane Calyca as 3rd runner up, and Ms. Jassan Juriel Valledor as 4th runner up.

Valledor also won the Best in Talent, while Ms. Gingoog Kisha Antonette A. Vallanueva was chosen as the Darling of the Press.

The crowned Miss Misamis Oriental will be the Ambassadress of Goodwill of the province while all the 15 contestants will be the muses in their respective municipalities.

Cathy Miego, Tourism Provincial Officer, said all of the candidates are already winners, as they automatically become ambassadress of goodwill, representing their respective municipalities.

“The Miss Misamis Oriental search was revived to promote the province’s tourism industry. Each candidate undergone an orientation to equip their knowledge on what is Misamis Oriental for them, which they would share to other tourists and locals,” Miego said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 25, 2011.

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