Left to right: Co-2nd Runner-Up Arielle Jazmine Roque, 1st Runner-Up Apriel Smith, Reyna ng Aliwan 2017 Marla Alforque, Co-2nd Runners-Up Ma. Ahtisa Manalo and Venisse Charm Costibolo
Last year’s winner Cynthia Thomalla during her farewell walk
Just as I predicted, four of my Top 5 picks for Reyna ng Aliwan 2017 made it to the magic circle with Marla Alforque from Sinulog Festival of Cebu getting the crown and the top prize of PhP100,000.00. Apriel Smith from Utanon Festival of Dalaguete, Cebu was named 1st Runner-Up in a perceived close fight for the title after she claimed the important awards of Best in Swimsuit and Best in Evening Gown. Three (3) ladies shared 2nd Runner-Up honors – Maria Ahtisa Manalo from Niyogyugan Festival of Quezon, Venisse Charm Costibolo from Sangyaw Festival of Tacloban and Arielle Jazmine Roque from Tuna Festival of General Santos City.
Apriel Smith getting 1st Runner-Up
From Cebuana to another Cebuana in Reyna ng Aliwan 2017
Marla being crowned by Cynthia
Reyna ng Aliwan has always been a stronghold pageant for the Queen City of the South, having claimed a lion’s share of victories more than any city or province around the Philippines. And this year is no exception as the province landed a 1-2 punch for the highest placements.
Congratulations to all the winners!
P.S. While I am happy that Marla Alforque won, I just can’t help but feel a bit disappointed for Apriel Smith who really performed well in all areas of competition but still placed 1st Runner-Up in the end. I would be happy seeing the organizers finally bucking the trend of crowning fair-skinned beauties and pushing for more diversity with its winners in the future. Just my two-cents worth. 😉
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