Lois Anne Badando Wins Miss Marikina 2018
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Lois Anne Badando from Brgy. Concepcion Uno won the coveted Miss Marikina 2018 title last Saturday night, besting 34 other contestants from different communities in the city, in a glittering evening that showcased Marikina's talent, beauty, wit, confidence and glamor.
"Honestly, it feels so surreal. Before the announcement of the winners, I did not win any special award. So I thought I would not make it. Although I did not expect to win any special award at all," said the 20-year-old Lois Anne in an interview after being crowned as the Miss Marikina 2018.
"Winning Miss Marikina is probably a huge step for me. Sobrang saya ko," added Lois Anne, who was still glowing from her victory.
Sharielle Yanson from Brgy. Marikina Heights took home the Miss Marikina Earth title, placing second to Lois Anne. Candidate number 30 Sharielle won P75,000 in cash, a round-trip ticket, and a lot more. The 20-year-old Sharielle also won a number of special awards namely Miss David Salon, Miss Happy Tourism, Miss Jergens and Best in Long Gown.
Aubrey Angelic Neis from Brgy. Nangka was named Miss Marikina Tourism. The 18-year-old Aubrey, who was candidate number 3, won P50,000 in cash, a round-trip ticket, and more.
Ma. Angelica Reyes, candidate number 4, won First Runner Up. Angelica took home P30,000 in cash prizes and a lot more. The 20-year-old beauty from Brgy. Concepcion Uno also won as Best in Talent after doing a magic trick presentation during the talent competition on November 11 held at the Marikina City Hall Quadrangle.
Almas Choudhry from Brgy. Jesus dela Peña won Second Runner Up. The 22-year-old Almas, who was candidate number 12, won P20,000 in cash prizes and more.
Before the announcement of the final five, the 35 candidates were first trimmed to 15 and were each asked questions by the board of judges. After the question and answer segment, the final five candidates were chosen. Then another round of question and answer portion to determine who among the top five candidates would take the throne and wear the crown of the Miss Marikina 2018.
The 10 other candidates who made it to the top 15 were: Candidate number 7 Bethia Francesca Arollado from Brgy. Fortune who also won a special award; Candidate number 11 Angel Francisco from Brgy. Concepcion Dos; Candidate number 16 Reina Carreon from Brgy. Malanday; Candidate number 18 Aliyah Tiangco from Brgy. Sto. Niño; Candidate number 20 Rasha Perez from Brgy. Parang; Candidate number 22 Joan Anoñuevo from Brgy. Concepcion Uno; Candidate number 25 Chelcy Dela Paz from Brgy. San Roque who took home three special awards including Best in Swimwear; Candidate number 26 Abigail Mendoza from Brgy. Malanday; Candidate number 29 Mary Ann Del Prado from Brgy. Malanday who won Miss Photogenic; and, Candidate number 34 Maulie Julienne Rariza from Brgy. Kalumpang who also won the Director's Choice Award.
As the winner of the Miss Marikina title, Lois Anne will become Marikina City's official ambassadress, promoting the city as one of the best in the Philippines in terms of good governance, excellent public service and as an ideal tourist destination.
The candidates competed in talent, swimwear, long gown, question and answer and Sapatos Festival Costume. The criteria for judging were the following: beauty, 30 percent; poise and confidence, 30 percent; intelligence and wit, 30 percent; and, audience impact, 10 percent.
Special awards were also handed out during the coronation night to the following candidates:
Miss David Salon -- candidate number 30, Sharielle Yanson from Brgy. Marikina Heights
Miss Happy Tourism -- candidate number 30, Sharielle Yanson from Brgy. Marikina Heights
Miss Happy Tourism – candidate number 7, Bethia Francesca Arollado from Brgy. Fortune (co-winner with Sharielle)
Director's Choice Award – candidate number 34, Maulie Julienne Rariza from Brgy. Kalumpang
Miss Photogenic – candidate number 29, Mary Anne Del Prado from Brgy. Malanday
Best in Festival Costume – candidate number 25, Chelcy Dela Paz from Brgy. San Roque
Best in Swimwear – candidate number 25, Chelcy Dela Paz from Brgy. San Roque
Miss David Salon – candidate number 25, Chelcy Dela Paz from Brgy. San Roque (co-winner with Sharielle)
The coronation night finished at around 1:00 in the morning with a fireworks display to greet the winners, especially the newly-crowned Miss Marikina 2018.
The Miss Marikina search was organized by the City Government of Marikina under the leadership of Mayor Marcy Teodoro and the Blue Company.
(Photo credits: Marikina PIO, Facebook pages and posts of Japs Ramiscal, Lois Anne Badando, Miss Marikina 2018 and Miyuki Sy Takahashi)
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