Ms. Iloilo 2020: 3 ‘heartfelt beauties’ bag top crowns

Kheshapornam Empedrad Ramachandran ofIloilo City and Sharamie Apuli Solocio of Santa Barbara, Iloilo were the firstand second runners up, respectively. BY EDENBERG NIELO Among the judges were Miss Universe2011 third runner up Shamcey Supsup-Lee and Binibining Pilipinas 2018 firstrunner up Vickie Marie Rushton. ILOILO City – One is a firm believer in education as a ticket to success. Another champions protecting Mother Earth while another bats for more focus on mental health. The Miss Iloilo, according to the citygovernment and Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc., replaced the Miss Dinagyangbeauty pageant that for many years chose the city’s ambassadress of goodwill. Mateo was also declared “Best inTalent” last night in an engaging and fast-paced pageant – a far cry from lastyear’s long, dragging and boring show that ended at nearly 3 a.m. Last night’sprogram ended just a little past 9:30 p.m. “As an educator, I want people to seeeducation the way that I see it – a golden ticket to success. Knowledge is andalways will be power, wherever you are, whoever you’re with. If you areknowledgeable you will excel and become successful,” according to Mateo. She will be supported in her journeyto Miss Philippines World 2020 competition, according to the organizers of theMiss Iloilo 2020 that have made it their goal to have Ilongga representativesin national and international beauty pageants every year “and to show the worldthe true Ilongga heartfelt beauty.” On the other hand, 24-year-old KarenLaurrie Bano Mendoza of Concepcion, Iloilo was declared Miss Iloilo-BinibiningPilipinas 2020. At the start of last night’s pageantwhich kicked off at 7:30 p.m., 11 candidates were given the opportunity toexpound on their advocacies. “The crowns of Miss Iloilo 2020 canpromote the global community because first and foremost, Miss Iloilo issearching for an Ilongga who will depict Iloilo City – the city of love – the malambing na mga Ilonggos and that, weare known for our food, devotion and love. Food because of the delicacies andthe La Paz batchoy that hardworking and creative Ilonggos make. Devotionbecause of the Santo Niño,” Palmares said as she consumed the 30-second Q&Atime limit. “If I were to be crowned tonight, itwill be such an honor to bring to the global community our very own hablon which represents dedication, hardwork and creative side of every Ilonggo. Aside from that, I want to show to theworld that I am a queen today because of my province and with that being said,I want to prove to everyone that I am a true Ilongga with a heartfelt beauty,”Mateo said during the question and answer portion. “Miss Iloilo radiates genuineheartfelt beauty. We are not only beauty here on stage but also with a purpose.We can create small effects (but with) positive ripples of change. We are notonly wearing a crown in our head but also with our heart,” Mendoza said whenasked of how the crowns of Miss Iloilo 2020 promote Iloilo in the globalcommunity.    . “Mother Earth has provided us ourdaily needs. She has taken good care of us. It is time we give back and takegood care of her, too,” according to Palmares who stands 5 feet and 7 inchestall. She will be the official Iloiloscreening candidate for the Binibining Pilipinas 2020 beauty pageant. In last night’s glitzy Miss Iloilo2020 at the West Visayas State University Cultural Center, these three “beautywith a purpose” young ladies got the judges’ nod to be crowned the new queensof Iloilo. “Show someone who are struggling frommental illness that life is wonderful. Let’s assure them that they can do it,and they don’t have to do it alone,” according to Mendoza. The 20-year-old Ann Roxal DedelPalmares of Mandurriao district was crowned the pioneering MissIloilo-World.   ILONGGA BEAUTIES. The winners of last night’s Miss Iloilo 2020 at the West Visayas State University Cultural Center flash megawatt smiles. From left: second runner-up Sharamie Apuli Solocio; Miss Iloilo-Binibining Pilipinas 2020 Karen Laurrie Bano Mendoza; Miss Iloilo-Universe 2020 Rabiya Occeña Mateo; Miss Iloilo-World 2020 Ann Roxal Dedel Palmares; and first runner-up Kheshapornam Empedrad Ramachandran. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Ramachandran was declared “Best inSwimwear” and “Best in Evening Gown”. The 23-year-old Rabiya Occena Mateo ofthis city and Sampaloc, Manila made history by being crowned the first MissIloilo-Universe.  Miss Iloilo 2020 was directed byrespected Ilonggo theater director, artist and University of the Philippinesprofessor Kevin Pison Piamonte./PN At 5 feet and 6 inches tall, Mateowill be Iloilo’s official screening candidate to the Miss Universe Philippines2020 competition, announced the pageant host, celebrity Robi Domingo.