The search for Cebu’s Representative and Spokesperson was officially launched with the introduction of twelve beautiful Cebuanas vying for the crown of Miss Cebu. The candidates were introduced last November 22, 2011, at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel.
The pageant is organized by the Cebu City Government and implemented through the Cebu City Tourism Commission and the Cebu City Tourism Foundation, Inc. The lovely lady who gets crowned as Miss Cebu will become the official Representative and Spokesperson of Cebu.
The Miss Cebu 2012 Coronation Night is scheduled to be on January 11, 2012, Wednesday, at 7pm. The much-anticipated event is considered one of the highlights of the Sinulog festival, which is an annual celebration in honor of Cebu’s patron saint Señor Sto. Niño. It will be held at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino.
The pageant began in 1983, and has since become a permanent feature of the annual Sinulog festivities. Its organizers envisioned the winner of Miss Cebu to be responsible for promoting Cebu as a tourist destination. The pageant became a venue for finding a representative for the Queen City of the South to woo inventors so as to increase tourism and trade in the region. It has also proven to be an effective medium to create good relations with other countries, including Japan, Australia and Korea.
The organizers ensure that the candidates are not randomly chosen and though it is open to interested Cebuanas, not just any Cebuana can enter the candidates’ circle. Twenty-five years since its inception, Miss Cebu has maintained a consistent quality of women who are more than just pretty faces. The pageant has produced beauty queens both in the national and international scenes and world-class models, among others.
According to the organizers, this unique and special pageant is a search for a goal-oriented, confident, ambitious, and competent Cebuana. Miss Cebu is a leader, an achiever, an accomplished personality, and an independent woman. She is a model for other women and must fulfill an important role in upholding the status of women in our society. She should be environmentally sensitive, active in campaigns to address the current world issues and must have defined plans to serve the community that has chosen her to be their model. Ultimately, Miss Cebu makes use of her crown to make a difference in Cebu.
Last year’s winner, Mia Zeeba M. Faridoon, is the epitome of Miss Cebu. A Mass Communications student from the University of the Philippines, Mia was also crowned Miss UP 2010, which opened her up to the advocacies of UP Tsinelas. The charitable organization (non-stock, non-profit) aims to help underprivileged children residing in the depressed areas of Cebu. Before she was crowned Miss Cebu 2011, Mia was already involved with outreach activities including Share a Hug, which is a Christmas project with the DSWD Home for Girls, and the Cebu City Task Force on Street Children’s Mobile School Program.
Aside from being the organization’s vice president, Mia was also an active member of the school’s debate team (“Lantugi Debate Society”). Apart from debates, the aspiring journalist also writes for the UP Cebu college newsletter (“Tug-ani”).
Mia’s court is comprised of accomplished young women as well. Miss Cebu first runner-up is Teffanie Lene E. Llamada, second runner-up is Vanessa Claudine M. Ammann, third runner-up is Rosemary J. Gore, and fourth runner-up is Aiko Lyanne E. Serrano.
This year’s candidates are also a bunch of interesting personalities. Let’s take a look at the twelve finalists:
- Finalist No. 1 is 21-year-old Michelle Angelique A. Tan. Mitch, as she is fondly called, is 5'3" and 107 lbs.
- Finalist No. 2 is Ann Caryl S. Gotingco, 24 years old. The Carolinian stands 5'3 ½" and weighs 106 lbs.
- Finalist No. 3 is Mary Hazel Haruka T. Watabe, a multilingual 18-year-old currently studying at Cebu Doctors University.
- Finalist No. 4 is Rachel Chloe T. Palang, who is a product of the University of the Philippines. At 23, she is already an active advocate of the propagation of Cebuano culture.
- Finalist No. 5 is Cynthia Lois D. Tac-an. The 22-year-old is considered the sweetheart from the University of San Jose – Recoletos.
- Finalist No. 6 is Pierre Anther G. Infante, an experienced radio DJ. The 21-year-old from Southwestern University stands 5'4 ½" and weighs 121 lbs.
- Finalist No. 7 is 21-year-old Ella Beverly P. Sarmago. The natural-born leader and advocate for anti-human trafficking previously served as Vice Chair Councilor during her college years at the University of the Philippines Cebu College.
- Finalist No. 8 is Herlie Kim T. Artugue, 20 years old. The pretty Carolinian is 5'4 ¾" tall and weighs 122 lbs.
- Finalist No. 9 is April Ann Claire R. White, whose exposure with community nursing has opened her eyes to poverty, who aims to work for a better future. The 19-year-old is a student at the University of Cebu – Banilad.
- Finalist No. 10 is Jonnie Rose Louise R. Wee. The 20-year-old student of Velez College stands 5'5 ½" and weighs 122 lbs.
- Finalist No. 11 is Shannen R. Abarquez. The God-loving young Carolinian stands tall at 5'7" and weighs 121 lbs.
- Finalist No. 12 is Lesly Anne P. Fernandez. At 5'7 ½”, the 23-year-old is the tallest of this batch. This lovely Carolinian was also crowned as Region VII’s Ms. Arena.
For more information regarding the pageant, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/misscebupageant or at the Cebu City Tourism Commission’s Miss Cebu page at www.cebucitytourism.com/ms_cebu.html.
For tickets to the Miss Cebu 2012 Coronation Night on January 11, 2012, you can purchase them at the Cebu City Tourism Office, which is located at the second floor of the Rizal Memorial Library & Museum Bldg., at Osmena Blvd., Cebu City. You can also buy tickets from Miss Cebu booths in Ayala Center Cebu and SM City Cebu, which will be open beginning on December 18 up to January 8, 2012.
(Updated 01/12/2012) Congratulations to Miss Cebu 2012 and her court:
Miss Cebu 2012 Pierre Anther G. Infante
first runner-up Rachel Chloe T. Palang
second runner-up Ella Beverly P. Sarmago
third runner-up Jonnie Rose Louise R. Wee
fourth runner-up Herlie Kim T. Artugue