Tourism teacher crowned Miss Cagayan de Oro 2013-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
A TOURISM teacher who dreams of becoming a tourism official in the country has been crowned Miss Cagayan de Oro 2013 Saturday night.
Amadea Lucia T. Piatti, who hails from Camiguin province and whose mother is Kagay-anon, outshone the other candidates with her innate grace on stage that impressed the crowd.
“I have always dreamed of becoming someone very successful and influential someday. As a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management, I dream of becoming the future regional or national director of the Tourism Industry in our country. The Philippines is such a bountiful country in terms of natural resources, and I have this vision and desire of helping our city and our country in general, to be the top tourist destination in the world. In that way, I can also achieve my ultimate dream in life – that is to travel and explore the world,” Piatti said.
Amadea teaches at Liceo de Cagayan de University where she completed her undergraduate degree.
Piatti’s mother, Chona, said she knew her daughter would win the crown because she is truly beautiful inside and out.
Chona said that her daughter’s positive attitude that she has instilled to Amadea and her brothers has been her daughter’s winning edge over the other equally beautiful candidates.
Amadea couldn’t believe she’d get the crown citing that most of the candidates are beautiful and talented, however, she also edged over the other finalists in the question and answer portion. The finalists answered the same question, but Amadea hit it big.
When asked how she describes a world-class Kagay-anon, Amadea cited the white water rafting and the other tourist destinations in the city.
However, she emphasized that beyond those two, the Kagay-anons’ hospitality is seen and felt with the Kagay-anons’ beautiful, infectious smiles that charmed her Swiss father who fell in love with her mother.
She also magnified on the Kagay-anons love of God, self-respect and their love for God’s creations as manifested on how Kagay-anons patronize and take care of the tourist destinations here. And she topped her answer citing the Kagay-anons’ resiliency amid what the city has been going through lately, the blast and the devastating typhoon Sendong.
Apart from coveting the prestigious title Piatti also bagged the most of the major and minor awards: Ms. GMA, Ms. Ginseng Soap, Ms. Flawlessly U, Darling of the Press and Best in Swimsuit.
After the pageant, Piatti took home P50,000 cash, Asian trip, a year’s worth of clothing sponsorship from renown local brands, hotel accommodations from different hotels; one-year gym membership, one-year body massage services and one-year hair pampering; a resort stay in Camiguin, P5,000-worth gift certificate from a restaurant; gift certificates from SM City and Centrio Mall; travel bag; hotel accommodation at Tunes Hotel and shoes from top brands.
Despite the July 26 blast at Lim Ket Kai Center, the pageant at the Atrium was packed.
Crowned, as this year’s Ms. Tourism is Kristia Jolina B. Albe, candidate #9. Kristia, 18, and a 3rd year engineering student at Xavier University who bagged Ms. Primavera, Ms. Photogenic and P30,000 cash.
The other winners are Mary Mikaela C. Montalban, first runner-up and Globe’s texters choice garnering the highest votes of 13, 471; Keena Alyssa Prell S. Dacubor, 2nd runner-up; and Mary Joy A. Obsioma, 3rd runner-up.
The runners up received P20,000 each and a limited edition of a mobile phone brand plus tokens from the sponsors.
Karissa Grace R. Falcon was awarded Best in Talent and was voted among her fellow candidates as Ms. Congeniality.
Jenalie E. Ubanan and Albe were named the Best in Evening Gown.
However, one candidate, Jane R. Maceda, failed it on the coronation night after she got ill with dengue.
Gean Tulang-Cesar, event organizer, said Maceda was already weak when she was rushed to the hospital.
Cesar said, “The pageant has been aimed at going back to the richness of our culture and history. We wanted to attempt to stage a world-class pageant by tapping local resources and talents. And having Dense Modesto as the pageant director is one.”
Modesto is a Kagay-anon who used to work with ABS-CBN years back, a multi-media production expert and publisher of launchpad magazine and a celebrity photographer.
In his message, City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno lauded the organizers for the successful event.
He also congratulated all the candidates for making it to the final round.
Moreno is optimistic that the fiesta celebration this year will prove that the City of Golden Friendship has moved forward despite the bomb blast that rocked the city last month.
Ivy Guantero, public relations manager of SM City, said the pageant was well-produced. "It has exciting twists, more prizes and awesome production numbers!" she added.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 26, 2013.