TACLOBAN CITY- Two beautiful young ladies were separately crowned as this year’s fairest in two different beauty contests in Tacloban.
Reena Vivienne Pineda, 18 and a student of Asian Development Foundation College was named this year’s Miss Tacloban on June 28 in a glittering ceremony held at the Tacloban Convention Center. Meantime, Niña Sherra Tagalog, 22 who is a student of the St. Paul Business School and from Palo town, Leyte, bested 11 others equally beautiful ladies for the Miss Pintados crown.
The search for this Miss Pintados, now on its 25th year, was held at the Leyte National High School gymnasium last June 25.
Tagalog, among other prizes, won P50,000 cash prize. Actor-singer turned politician, Dingdong Avanzado, was among the judges in this year’s Miss Pintados.
Pineda, daughter of Tacloban Councilor Eden Chua-Pineda, also won People’s Choice Award, Best in Swimwear, Miss Talent, Best in Production number and Best in Philippine Terno, among other special awards.
Along with her crown, Pineda received P50, 000, additional cash prizes and gifts from various corporate sponsors, and a round-trip to Tacloban-Cebu-Japan.
She will also act as goodwill ambassadress of the city government of Tacloban.
The new Miss Tacloban defeated 11 other candidates as she joined her elder sister, Rachelle Erica, to bag the crown. Rachelle Erica won the title in 2009.
The Miss Tacloban was hosted by upcoming actor Victor Basa while the Miss Pintados was hosted by noted television host Boy Abunda.
Both beauty searches were held in connection to the annual fiesta of Tacloban. The Miss Tacloban is backed by the city government and Sangyaw Foundation while the Miss Pintados is supported by the Pintados Foundation and the provincial government. (RONALD O.REYES/ROEL T. AMAZONA)