Zoe Cameron is Miss Cebu 2024

WINNER. Miss Cebu 2024 Zoe Cameron.
WINNER. Miss Cebu 2024 Zoe Cameron.

Zoe Cameron emerged victorious as Miss Cebu 2024 in the grand coronation held at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Lahug, Cebu City. The prestigious event marked the 40th edition of Miss Cebu, which showcased a night filled with glamour, talent and inspiring moments.

MOMENT. Miss Cebu 2024 Zoe Cameron is crowned by Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama.
MOMENT. Miss Cebu 2024 Zoe Cameron is crowned by Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama.
BEAUTY. Miss Cebu 2024 Zoe Cameron.
BEAUTY. Miss Cebu 2024 Zoe Cameron.Mark Philip Dales

The pageant commenced with a captivating opening production number, themed “Carnival Beauties in the late ‘20s,” featuring performances by Markki Stroem, Knapsack Dancers, KDF-KanSugbo Dance Fusion and the University of Cebu Dance Company.

Two special awards, the Doña Remedios Duterte de Del Mar Heritage Award by HP Acebedo Optical Corp. and the Doña Remedios Duterte de Del Mar Heritage Designer Award, paid homage to Cebu's first recorded beauty queen. These awards added a touch of historical significance to the pageant.

The Urban Cebu Wear segment showcased the creative brilliance of designers like Mike Yapching, Brian Aloquin, Peewee Senining, and Edwin Ao, each presenting unique styles for the candidates. The Preliminary Q&A session allowed finalists to express themselves on themes such as heritage, faith, serendipity, beauty, magical, happiness, sustainability, success, hospitality, resilience, passion and upbeat.

The Evening Gown Segment, themed “The Drama of Black and White,” featured designs by renowned designers like Jun Escario, Dino Lloren, Dexter Alazas, Albert Arriba, Wendell Quisido, Oj Hofer, Philipp Tampus, Ren Manabat, Valerie Alvez, Marichu Tan, Rei Escario and Harley Ruedas.

Special awards, including Miss Friendship by Waterfront and Miss Photogenic by Macy’s, added excitement to the night. Zoe Cameron, the eventual winner, received the Doña Remedios Duterte de Del Mar Heritage Award and corporate awards such as Miss Oro Galleria and Miss Charity Bingo Plus.

The final set of awards recognized outstanding achievements in Cebu Wear and Evening Gown categories, honoring both the candidates and their respective designers. The Top 5 finalists — Shaina Michelle Reyes, Angel Jane Ruiz, Danielle McKaye Dela Cruz, Joelle DevineDequito Uy and Zoe — proved their poise and grace throughout the competition.

In the intense Final Q&A round, candidates addressed the impact of social media in the community and how Miss Cebu could use technology for a positive influence.

The coronation revealed the winners: Zoe as Miss Cebu 2024, Joelle Debine as first runner-up, Danielle as second runner-up, Angel Jane as third runner-up and Shaina Michelle as fourth runner-up.

Zoe expressed her overwhelming gratitude and shared her vision as Miss Cebu, emphasizing the importance of being a role model for the digital generation.“I’m truly overwhelmed right now, filled with gratitude. Winning wasn’t expected; I just sought the chance to elevate my platform for everyone. The preparations, the support from my family, friends, designers and team — all worth it. I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity,” said the new Miss Cebu to SunStar Lifestyle after winning the prestigious title.Her commitment to promoting critical thinking, media literacy and combating negativity with kindness resonated with the audience and judges alike.

The night concluded with Zoe taking home numerous prizes, including P150,000, a round trip ticket to the USA, beauty services, jewelry, dental services and various gifts from sponsors. As Miss Cebu 2024, Zoe embarks on a journey to make a positive impact on the community, inspired by her platform and the responsibility that comes with it.

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