IT SEEMS nothing stood in the way of Alexis Danica Drilon from winning the Lin-ay sang Negros crown last night. She may well be called Emerald Queen as this is the 20th year of the Lin-ay pageant.
The moment she came out in her butterfly-inspired costume in the Flora and Fauna competition, she stood out among the 22 candidates, and it’s not because she was candidate No.1 (The sequence was in alphabetical order based on the names of the cities and towns.)
For sashaying more elegantly in emerald gown, parading confidently in her two-piece, and impressing the top-caliber judges and the audience with her wits and intelligence, Alexis Danica brought home the proverbial bacon: the Lin-ay crown.
But this is not to say she breezed through the pageant like a gentle butterfly, literally waiting for the crown to be placed on her head. She had to battle it out in the beauty and intelligence departments with Lin-ay sang Isabela Nesha Faith Dianala, who gave her a good fight.
Actually, pageant observers know it was a neck-and-neck fight between Bacolod and Isabela. It was practically just a battle between them—between the north and the south. Alexis was Lin-ay sang Organic na Negros-North, while Nesha was Lin-ay sang Organic na Negros-South.
If the corporate awards were the basis, Alexis Danica and Nesha Faith won the awards almost alternately. Alexis had seven: Ms. Globe, Ms. Olive-C, Ms YSA Skin Care Clinic Ambassadress, Ms. Nature’s Spring, Ms. Nataasan Beach Resort, Ms. Petron, and Lin-ay sang Organic na Negros North.
Nesha had five: Ms. Glutamax, Ms. Coca-Cola, Miss (GMA) Kapuso, Lin-ay sang RKJ Manpower, and Lin-ay sang Organic na Negros-South).
During the Press Presentation and Skills Competition at Robinsons Place last March 29, Nesha was chosen Muse of the Media while Alexis was chosen Lin-ay nga Ma-abilidaran. The next day, Nesha won Best in Flora and Fauna Costume.
Alexis’s winning score over Nesha was for winning Best in Evening Gown, a major award for the ladies.
As semi-finalists or Top 10, both ladies fared well in the casual Q & A, with three questions each. They had to extend the battle in the Final Question, where the finalists, narrowed down to five, were asked the same question.
The sixty-thousand-peso-question was: If you could make one thing come true for the good of all Negrenses, what would it be?
Alexis says it would be “proper education,” and goes on to enumerate how an educated people can collectively improve the trade, commerce and industry, and the whole province. She received a resounding applause from the crowd even before she could finish her answer.
Not to be outdone, Nesha delivered her answers well. For her, it would be going organic all the way, because by going organic each Negrense would be healthy and a healthy people could accomplish more. The crowd applauded her loudly, too.
Aside from the crown, Alexis won P60,00 in cash, a 100-percent one-year scholarship, while Nesha, as first runner-up, won P40,000 in cash and 75-percent scholarship, in addition to the perks and privileges from the corporate sponsors.
Second runner-up was Lin-ay sang Cadiz Shermen Rose Perez, who was chosen Best in Swimsuit. She won P20,000 in cash and 50-percent scholarship.
Completing the Top 5 were Lin-ay sang Binalbagan and Talisay. Also in the Top 10 were Lin-ay sang Murcia, Toboso, Cauayan, San Carlos and Himamaylan. All the seven semi-finalists who did not win in the Top 3 received P7,000 each.
Drilon’s win is the third consecutive victory of Bacolod. Allysa Marie Villarico won the Lin-ay crown in 2012 and Samyah Al-Dossary in 2013. One of those very proud near the stage last night was Jan Nicole Puentevella, also from Bacolod, who won the Lin-ay crown in 2006. Combined with Christer Mari Taclobos’ win in 2007, Bacolod is now in the lofty spot of having the most Lin-ay crowns, with five.
Other corporate awards were: Ms. New Placenta—Toboso, Ms. YSA Botanica—San Carlos, Ms. Sun.Star Bacolod Readers’ Choice—Moises Padilla, Miss Watchmen Daily Journal Queen of Social Media—Himamaylan, Ms. 2GO Travel—Cadiz.
Other special awards were: Best in Flora and Fauna Costume—Murcia, Ms. Congenial—Victorias, and Ms. Robinsons Photogenic—Talisay.
Judging the pageant of “this stature,” according to hosts Charles Kevin Tan and celebrity Isabelle Daza, daughter of Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz-Daza, were “judges of top caliber”—Bench model Sam Ajdani, Manhunt International 2012 June Macasaet, Miss Supranational 2012 third placer Elaine Kay Moll, Mercator Artist and Model Management head Jonas Antonio Gaffud, and Miss Earth-Air 2012 Stefany Stefanowitz.
The motif of the Lin-ay sang Negros 2014 was the color emerald, as it celebrates 20 years of providing Negrenses prestigious pageants.