- Category: Special Events
17 Feb 2014
- By Junhan B. Todiño - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
JULIET D. Inocencio, a nine-year-old student at San Vicente Elementary School, was crowned 2014 Little Miss Pusong Pinoy or Filipino Heart, besting 19 other candidates during the United Filipino Organization’s post-Valentine’s Day celebration in Royal Taga Hall at the Saipan World Resort on Sunday night.
Inocencio impressed the jam-packed hall with her singing and dancing, and was also named Best in Talent.
The first runner-up was Ariel Allyssa Legaspi who was named Darling of the Crowd and Best in Evening Gown.
Second runner-up Lyssa Rae P. Steele received Docomo’s Best Spirit Award while third runner-up Francine Joy Ebuen was the Star of the Night.
The fourth runner-up was Trisha Joyce McCarthy; Angel Lou Buensalido was Miss Friendship; Charice T. Silvano was LBC’s Best in Smile; and Angelica May Aquino was Miss Photogenic.
Inocencio admitted she was “little bit scared” on Sunday, but said she reminded herself of Matthew 7:7 — “Ask and it will be given to you….”
“So I thanked God,” she added.
During the question and answer portion, Inocencio was asked: “What makes you happy in life and why?”
She said her “strong, happy and loving family who always provides her unconditional love” makes her happy.
In an interview after the pageant, Inocencio said she was also happy with the other candidates who tried their best.
Her father Julito Inocencio said he was thankful to God.
Inocencio’s mother said: “I’m very proud of her.”
Tess Tenorio, Inocencio’s musical coach, said the young girl a very promising student at Keynotes Music School.
2003 Miss Northern Marianas Universe/World Kimberly C. Reyes, who chaired the panel of judges, said all the candidates were “beautiful and fantastic.”
The other judges were Eli Arago, senior vice president of Tan Holding Company; Liza Taylor, sales associate of Microl Corp.; Gina Duenas, 2002 Miss Teen CNMI; and Ronaleen Joy Caralde Yumul, 1994 Miss Valenzuela, Miss Teen Philippines, Asia Super Model in 1994, Miss Marine International in 2000, a former member of the ABS-CBN talent center and a member of Professional Models Association of the Philippines.
The tabulators were Flor Miranda and Irene Santiago.
The stage and show overall director and coordinator was Ernie Molina, who also coached the candidates during the rehearsals.
UFO president Annamae Adaza said over 600 people, including parents and family members of the candidates, attended the event.
“It was really fulfilling,” said Adaza who also served as master of ceremonies.
The pageant winner will receive $800; first runner-up, $500; second runner-up $300; third runner-up, $100; and fourth runner-up, $100.
The other contestants will get consolation cash prizes, certificates of participation and gift packs from Natasha Service Center.
Docomo Pacific was the event’smajor sponsor in cooperation with LBC Mabuhay.
Natasha Service Center representative Malou Lambat and UFO secretary Mario Mayuga presented gifts and certificates to all the candidates.
LBC general manager Val Gatchalian presented the case award to the candidate who was named LBC’s Best in Smile who also received a gift certificate from Smile Marianas Dental Clinic.
Gemmna Batusin presented the Best in Talent and Best in Evening Gown awards while Lei Hicaro of Docomo Pacific presented the award for Best Spirit.
The other candidates were Jane Nicole Mozunder, Queen Anne H. Rectitud, Angela Marie B. Maratas, Claire Elaiza Barrozo, Chyla Geremy T. Aquino, Shaina Heart A. Dimalanta, Donna Rose U. Santiago, Jasmin Asia P. Pinili, Charice T. Silvano, Ramona Camacho, Tricia Mae V. Faustino, Alyrose B. Santos and Shanna Mae Villaluz.
The guest performers were Jiro and Jea Montenejo, Bonnie Gio Sagana and Little Miss Philippine-CNMI 2012 and 2013 CNMI’s Got Talent winner Bernice Shane Sabino.
The other sponsors and donors were Eli Arago, Gemma Batusin, Ahbhu Auto Care Center, Alpex Saipan Inc., Konstrak Builders, Gener Garcia of Asia Pacific Industries Inc., Sandy Palon of Reliance Construction, Barny’s Pizza & Pasta House, Traders Insurance Company, Natasha Sundance Service Center, Island Florals & Gifts, New Paradise Florist, Island Touch by Philip Island Flowers & Novelties, Mariana Resort & Spa, Smile Marianas, Laolao Bay Golf & Resort, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Pacific Islands Club, National Office Supply, Taro Sue Store, Tinian Dynasty, Shenanigans Restaurant, Don Pedro Restaurant, Pacific Quick Print & Post, Beach Road Magazine, KWAW Radio Station, Marianas Variety, Saipan Tribune, Serenity Salon, Shear Magic Beauty Salon, Makeover Beauty Salon, Trends Beauty Salon, Dianne Beauty Parlor Hair Salon, R-Lynns Dress Shop, Saipan Music & Dance Studio and Cutz & Colours Salon.