Earlier in the day, the very first Miss Millenial Philippines was crowned during the finals held at the Mall of Asia Arena – a pageant that syncs with GMA-7’s noontime show “Eat Bulaga”.
Julia Gonowon of Camarines Sur topped the strong competition and won for herself P500,000.00, a brand-new Mitsubishi Montero Sport and a house-and-lot from Bria Homes (this prize package makes the winnings of our national beauty queens pale in comparison, without a doubt).
Carina Cariño of La Union finished 1st Runner-Up, with Eleonora Valentina Laotenza of Aklan and Shiara Joy Dizon of Malabon claiming 2nd and 3rd Runner-Up placements, respectively. Dianne Lacayanga of Ilocos Norte was named Bayanihan Queen.
Watch a video of the Q&A now and tell me your thoughts about the quality of their answers.
courtesy of Chin Chin
Now watch the crowning moment of Julia Gonowon.
courtesy of GMA Network
Just when you thought that you’re filled to the brim with national beauty contests sprouting left and right, here comes Eat Bulaga on GMA Network which has just started the search for Miss Millenial Philippines 2017. No, this is not one of those gimmicky segment fillers of the popular noontime show. It is actually a proper beauty pageant participated in by close to forty (40) candidates who won in their respective provinces plus a few others who have already participated in other national competitions such as Dianne Lacayanga of Ilocos Norte & Jaila Ragindin of Bataan in Mutya ng Pilipinas and Sofia Panapanaan in Miss Philippines Earth. The focus is on local tourism and how each participant will enthusiastically promote her place of origin while presenting herself as the best version of the female millenial for 2017.
Below is a photo grid of the candidates.
Below is a video of their introductions during the noontime show.
courtesy of Cyote TV
The big difference in this pageant is the candidates’ frequent exposures on nationwide TV with the different stages of the competition televised daily. And for sure, the supporters of each of them will come in droves to cheer and make noise all the way.
More on Miss Millenial Philippines 2017 in the days and weeks to come.
I have lost count of all the provincial/regional beauty pageants I have judged the past few years. But it’s quite easy to recall one or two that really stood out in terms of production values, over-all stage design and direction plus the entire concept of the whole show. The recently-concluded Miss Ilocos Norte is one of them. Aside from a comfortable venue (Centennial Arena Laoag City) that would closely rival the inside seating capacity of a MOA Arena or Araneta Coliseum, the house was packed to the rafters with supporters coming in busloads from all over the province. What’s more, the well thought-of stage design was proudly inspired by the local fabric “Inabel” that accentuated the total look and feel of the proceedings.
Paolo Bediones (himself an Ilocano from San Nicolas) navigated everything seamlessly and made sure that his hosting was as professionally conducted as possible. If that wasn’t enough, the panel of judges included a good mix of individuals coming from pageantry (Rachel Peters, Ina Adina – a former Miss Ilocos Norte titleholder – and yours truly), fashion (Designers Joji Loren and Vittorio Barba), TV (Patricia Tumulak), politics and local achievers (like recent bar topnotcher Dave Camarao).
Throughout it all, the strongest favorite – Dianne Lacayanga of Paoay – held on to the lead from start to finish, while a come-from-behind 1st Runner-Up pleasantly surprised the decision-makers when Keena Madamba of San Nicolas edged out the other front-runners to come close to winning the crown.
Kudos to all the organizers, especially Aian Raquel of the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office (including Kristian Ranjo, Xavier Ruiz, Khrisian Pedro and Clyde Panlaque) for continuing with the annual province-wide beauty pageant that keeps getting every year.
And many thanks for inviting yours truly to judge and for normannorman.com to cover the big event.
Till Miss Ilocos Norte 2018! 🙂
Here are videos from the finals courtesy of Raymond Valera.
This beautiful lass from Tarlac is still undecided on whether to go for Bb. Pilipinas 2017 or wait for 2018 to come
For Dianne Irish Joy Lacayanga, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2016 was a good pageant experience that built up her confidence to go for bigger opportunities along the way. She segued to a couple of regional/provincial contests to polish her presentation skills even more and got to win smaller titles in the process of doing so. Is she ready to return to the big city (from Paniqui, Tarlac
) and see if she can conquer the Big Dome?
I briefly chatted with her handler – Ef Taberna of KF Tarlac – and told me that they are still in the midst of a 50/50 evaluation of the final decision to go or to let go for now. There are factors that they are seriously weighing and if there will be clarity before the last week of February, then we shall see this girl at the BPCI Office all dolled up for the screenings.
Good luck in the decision-making, Dianne! 🙂
Will it be a go for Dianne in Bb. Pilipinas 2017?
Mutya 21 is Dianne Lacayanga of Paniqui, Tarlac
In person, Dianne Irish Joy Lacayanga – #21 among the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2016 Official Candidates – has a quick semblance to actress Iza Calzado in a youthful kind of way. This bubbly 18 year-old from Paniqui, Tarlac has been prepared for the national competition by the Tarlac arm of Kagandahang Flores. And with the eagerness to show her brand of beauty and charm to pageant followers, she knows the need to give her 100% full-on commitment to the contest. And I am pretty sure she will.
Here is Dianne, in her own words:
I am a swimmer and a dreamer. Hahahaha. I dream of becoming an international beauty queen because I want to help my mom who needs to work so hard to support me because my father left since I was young. I grew up in a broken family so I’ve always considered myself as a very independent girl. I’m a Christian and I always believe that I can do all things because God gives me strength.
Dianne is very charming up close and personal. And if she follows her game plan to the letter, this Tarlaqueña might exceed her own expectations in Mutya ng Pilipinas. This despite being one of the youngest in the batch.
Good luck, Dianne! 😀