There certainly was beauty in imperfection during the grand coronation night of Cebu’s annual search for its next ambassadress, the Miss Cebu 2015 held last on Wednesday night at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.
Because as prickly as some of the segments of the program got, newly-crowned winner Wynonah Van Joy Buot stole the spotlight with a victory as dominant as it was foreseen. Just how dominant was the statuesque 20-year old you ask?
She won all but one award during the entire pageant. After claiming the Best in Fun Wear as well as the Miss Ayala Fiesta Island awards during the pre-pageant night last weekend, Wynonah added the Miss Friendship, Miss Photogenic, Kapamilya Star of the Night, and Best in Evening Gown to her impressive haul
Wynonah capped her victorious showing with a cool answer to a timely question during the pageant’s penultimate stage. Asked who she would bring as guests if she were to host a dinner with Pope Francis, she confidently strode to the mic and said:
“I would take with me the students of Cebu because I believe that our students are our hope and our future and Pope Francis is the hope of our country. Therefore we can talk about how we can strengthen, unify and share love and respect so that we can encourage our citizens to take part and make change here in our society.”
On a night that had its fair share of thorns in the form of minor production miscues and a performer forgetting the lyrics of a song, beauty still shone through. But none possessed it more than the aforementioned Wynonah who went for the win in more ways than one. Clad in a bright-red terno crafted by Harley Ruedas, she stood head and shoulders above the rest to become the latest in the long line of Cebuana beauties to have held the prestigious crown.
Completing the Miss Cebu 2015 court were first runner-up, Ma. Genefe Navilon; second runner-up, Aivy Mae R. Castro, an Accounting student at the University of Cebu; third runner-up, Lucena Rose Magdadaro, a Nursing graduate from Velez College and fourth runner-up, Domenic L. Reynes, an Architecture graduate from the University of San Carlos.
Staying true to the night’s theme “Revving Up Cebu,” the pageant put the audience’s senses through their paces with a dynamic mix of high-energy dance and song numbers performed by the local talents such as Monica Sacay, Jim Cubil, Jimmy Marquez, the SM Philharmonic Orchestra and GMA Kapuso star, and fellow bisdak Tom Rodriguez.
The pageant also featured creative couture handcrafted by Cebu’s most prominent fashion designers. For the opening number, the Miss Cebu beauties wore “Pusô-inspired” creations by designers Alejandro Godinez, Barbie Alvez, Peewee Senining, and Rey Villegas and “Modern Maria Clara” creations by Yvonne Quisumbing, Brian Aloquin, Protacio, and Edwin Ao.
The glamourous evening gowns featured the “Red Terno” as interpreted by Albert Arriba, Jun Escario, Ditas Rodriguez, Wendell Quisido, Philipp Tampus, OJ Hofer, William Manahan, Dino Llorren, Arcy Gayatin, Ren Manabat, the aforementioned Harley Ruedas and Marichu Tan, who was deemed as the night’s Best Evening Gown designer.
Jonas Rey N. Panerio
Contributor - Sports & Lifestyle