Crowd darling wins Miss Mandaue

Posted on May 10, 2011

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By Jucell Marie P. Cuyos, Reporter

THE tallest of the 16 candidates was proclaimed as the Miss Mandaue 2011.

Donna Maricel Cardino was candidate no. 16 with a height of 5 feet and 8-and a half inches, but height was not her only asset.

She won the Miss Mandaue crown at the Cebu International Convention Center after impressing the audience and judges with her answer to the question which aspect of society needs more improvement.

The five finalists answered pageant director Emilio “Jojin” Pascual’s question. He said that the finalists were made to choose from tradition, tourism, culture, education, religion and others.

They were made to suggest a project that would enhance the chosen facet of society.

Cardino said she chose culture since many groups are already busy attending to problems like environmental degradation and poverty.

She added that cultural shows like ethnic dances would be a way to propagate and preserve the culture and traditions of Mandauehanons.

Aside from being the Miss Mandaue, Cardino also was also the crowd favorite.

She won other awards like Best in Filipiniana and Best in Evening Gown.

Cyrstal Star Aberasturi was 1st runner-up; Christine Paula Love Bernasor was 2nd runner-up; Genefe Navilon was 3rd-runner up and Reygin Brion was 4th runner-up.

This year’s Miss Mandaue had a theme of women empowerment and was different from last year, which followed a fairy tale theme. During the program, 15 women from Mandaue were presented as faces of empowerment including the three first ladies: grandmother of Mayor Jonas Cortes, Sebastiana Cortes; mother of the mayor, Celestina; and wife of the Mayor, Sarah Walker Cortes.

Pascual said he conceptualized the pageant in four months and that the theme for next year’s pageant will be a “surprise.”

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