First Filipina to win the title
TACLOBAN CITY – A native of Catbalogan City who is now based in London was crowned as this year’s Miss Summer World 2018 held in Albania.
Kacey Coleen Lim is the first from the Philippines and Asia to bag the title, besting more than 20 candidates from other counties during a glittering ceremonies held on May 20.
“It was only a dream and now I am finally living my dream, Lim shared in her Facebook account after winning the crown.
She also bagged the Miss Summer Asia award and Best in National Costume which was designed by award-winning Tacloban based-designer Nick Guarino.
“I would have not been able to do it on my own, so I am forever thankful to a lot of people who have been very supportive to me all along. First of all to my camp The Royalty’s UK headed by our beauty queen maker Mr. Romulo Tan Palma, Mr. Nick Guarino for my national costume, and Pasarela London for my evening gown,” Lim said.
The candidate from Portugal was declared as first runner-up while Miss Georgia was named as 2nd runner-up. Also in the winning circle were the representatives of Ukraine (3rd runner-up); Gambia, 4th runner-up; and Albania, 5th runner-up.
Although the pageant, now on its third year, was far from the Philippines, she said that she felt the support of the Filipinos through the messages that she received during the entire pageant.
Lim, who finished political science degree at the University of the Philippines, is currently in London pursuing Law Program at the BPP University Law School as she dreamed to become a full-fledge lawyer in United Kingdom.
Before studying in London, Lim used to work at the City Mayor’s Office in Catbalogan where among her jobs was to organized events for the city such as the month-long activities for the Manaragat Festival held every month of August.
Lim is the second beauty queen from Eastern Visayas to win an international crown this year after Miss Eco International Cynthia Thomalla who is from Southern Leyte.
(ROEL T. AMAZONA)