Lass from New York crowned Miss Mabalacat City-A A +A
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
MABALACAT CITY -- A New York-schooled lass has been crowned Miss Mabalacat City last Sunday, during an elaborate coronation night that was not only star-studded but also presented the most impressive 17 finalists ever in the pageant's long history.
An aspiring commercial model and nursing student Arlyn Anunciacion from Barangay San Francisco here was crowned the first-ever Miss Mabalacat City, seven months after the town's conversion into a component city of Pampanga.
Anunciacion grew up and studied in Bronx, New York before deciding to take up a nursing degree in one local university. The eldest at 25 years old among the 17 ladies that made it to the finals, she emerged as the winner with her beauty and wits.
June Magbalot, pageant chairman, said the pageant was intentionally themed as "Miss Mabalacat City - The Ambassadress to the World," given this city's vision to be a gateway to the world.
"This is in support to the vision of Morales Administration as our city is host to an international airport inside Clark. And we hope that we are able to project that our city is indeed blessed with beauties in our people and in what we have to offer," Magbalot said.
Sunday's coronation night had its regular habitué-judges like fashion designer Renee Salud, professional hair stylist James Cooper, movie and TV actor Ricardo Cepeda and premier model Marina Benipayo.
Topnotch dance choreographer Douglas Nierras joined the impressive panel of judges that include tourism officers of Pampanga municipalities.
Chinoy businessman and actor Richard Yap, who has fast risen to stardom in the "Please Be Careful with My Heart" TV series, serenaded the candidates, as ladies in the crowd swooned as he emerged on the stage.
Also awarded Best in Long Gown and second Best in Talent, Anunciacion first joined the pageant in 2009 but was unlucky to bag the crown. This year, she was joined by her younger sister Avon, who also made it to the 10 semi-finalists and was given the Telegenic Award.
Mayor Marino Morales thanked the candidates, parents, organizers and supporters of the pageant and has personally announced the winners on stage.
Other winners are 4th Runner-Up is Mary Rose Antonio; 3rd Runner-Up Jessie Lyn Fernandez; 2nd Runner-Up Narane Guevarra; 1st Runner-Up Laurene Leonardo, who is also Miss Photogenic, Miss Fiesta Communities, Miss Global Family and Miss Personality; Miss Congeniality Jessie Lyn S. Fernandez; Miss Telegenic Avon U. Anunciacion; Best in Casual Wear Krislane Ann Yalung; Best In Talent Krislane Ann Yalung; Miss Body Beautiful Angel Marie Panapanaan; Best in Swimwear Narane Guevarra; Miss Global Family Hana Shan Y. Dimaun (along with Leonardo).
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 05, 2013.