Miss CdeO candidates showcase talents at SM City

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


THIS year’s Miss Cagayan de Oro candidates engaged the audience and mall shoppers at SM City here during their talent competition last Saturday, July 19.
“I wanted Kagay-anons to be reminded that we need to plant trees.” said candidate no. 4 Rachel Tagapulot from Barangay Bulua.

A dark-skinned beauty aspiring to be the next Venus Raj, Tagapulot performed an interpretative dance with an ethnic concept.

While dancing to the tune of ‘Masdan Mo Ang Kapaligiran,’ Tagapulot added a twist to her performance.

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She formed a pyramid from pots which served as set of steps for her to climb as she ended her number.

The pots, according to her, represent barangay Bulua which is known for pottery in the city and also where she resides.

“Usually, I dance hiphop and other modern dance. This is really new for me. I had to practice and make sure they're (pots) safe to climb on,” she added.

Performing dance sport, a favorite among young dance enthusiasts in the city, candidate no. 8 Marjorica Bautista owned the stage with her partner.

Bautista of Barangay Kauswagan comes from a family of beauty queens and admits to being pressured.

“I know I’m not in the competition by chance. I am going to do my best to win this. Learning new skills, overcoming my fears … My experience will be a story worth telling,” she added.

Candidate no.12 Jane Maceda, who was a crowd favorite during the talent competition, she showcased Kagay-an’s vibrant colors and rich history in a dance number.

“I wanted to give tribute to our patron saint, St. Augustine. While the other candidates tried modern dances, I thought of showcasing our very own instead,” said Maceda of Barangay Lumbia.

Maceda is a familiar face from last year’s competition and now on stage again, more determined to win the crown.

“If I win the crown this year, I will promote tourism especially the environment. With the recent calamity with regard to white water rafting, I will focus on the positive side. Cagayan de Oro is a happy place to be. It is full of attractions and smiling people,” she furthered.

Miss CdeO 2014 candidates braved the rain and current in a white water rafting tour last June 28 in memory of Aiza Balbin’s death, the 26-year old nurse from Loboc, Bohol, who died while on a rafting run.

The Winner for “Best in Talent” will be announced during the Miss CdeO Coronation Night at the Lim Ket Kai Center Atrium on August 23, 2014.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 24, 2014.

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