Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen 2022 Top 12 Finalists, nagpatalbugan sa Evening Gown competition at Q & A
November 3, 2022
Ibinida ng Top 12 candidates ng Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen 2022 ang disenyong Pinoy sa Evening Gown competition at Question & Answer portion.
Kasama sina DJ Raqi Terra ng Love Radio Manila at DJ Nick ng Easy Rock Manila bilang hosts, ito ang huling bahagi ng kompetisyon kung saan irarampa ng mga kandidata ang kanilang evening gowns at sasagutin ang mga tanong ng judges.
Isinuot ni Sophia Noreen Guillermo mula sa Lalawigan ng Ilocos Norte ang disenyo ni Alexis Pasion Montano. Hango sa Pearl of the Orient, ang beaded white pearls sheer gown na ito ay may callado pattern at blue velvet sleeves.
Makikita ang sinag ng liwanag o banaag na simbolo ng pag-asa sa silver at gold architectural gown ni Leo Sanchez. Sa pamamagitan nito, gustong iparating ni Nadine Faith McCoy ng Cebu City na sa kabila ng lahat ng mga paghihirap na nangyayari sa buong mundo, mayroon pa ring liwanag na dumarating.
Ang gown ni Dana Gabrielle Tautho ay hango naman sa Queen of the Philippine Flowers o Waling-waling. Ang kagandahan ng bulaklak na ito ay sumisimbolo sa kakisigan at kasaganaan ng Davao City. Kaya naman, kilala ito bilang pinakabihira, pinakamaganda, at pinakamahalagang orchid sa bansa.
Ang designer na si Barbie Baldon ang nasa likod ng fresh green gown ni Kristell Candice Pagdagdan. Pinalamutian ito ng green gems at crystalline beadwork. Ito ay kumakatawan sa kagandahan ni Daragang Magayon, ang bida sa alamat ng Mt. Mayon sa Albay.
Si Jeaven Iyl Musni mula sa Bacolod City ay nagsuot ng silver grey silhouette body-shaping Serpentina gown na may silver rhinestones at semi-precious stones. Mahusay ang lace applique, cut beads, at glass beads ng designer na si Arielle Apoyon.
Nagmistulang celestial sky deity si Jackelaine Fleming. Sinasagisag ng gown niya ang kalangitan — malinaw, manipis, at bughaw. Sinasabing inilalarawan din nito ang paglalakbay at mga layunin ng Cebuana aspirant.
Disenyo ni King Aranchado ang blue-glittered gown ni Martina Mikael De La Rama ng Buenavista, Agusan Del Norte. Naiuugnay ang kulay asul sa kalangitan at karagatan, katahimikan at kapayapaan. Ang estilo at ang hiwa ng gown ay nagbibigay-kumpiyansa at inspirasyon sa may suot nito.
Totoo sa kanyang pangalan – Marikit Manaois, ang pink na likhang ito ng Jem’s Gown Collection ay nagpapatingkad sa kadalisayan at esensya ng isang babae. Kumpiyansang rumampa ang Baguio City contender dahil alam niyang ang kaniyang uniqueness ay siya ring nagpapaganda sa kanya.
Para bigyang parangal ang “backbone of Luzon,” isinuot ni Maica Martinez mula sa Nueva Ecija ang isang custom-made gown na idinisenyo ni May Santos Dela Cruz. Kinakatawan ng mga rhinestones ang Sierra Madre. Sa ilalim naman nito ay ang mga bato na tila mga bituin sa mga hanay ng bundok bilang tanda ng pag-asa. Habang ang paggalaw ng pleated glazed na tela ay nagpapakita ng mga dalisdis ng bundok na nagpapagaan sa malalakas na hangin.
Isang floor-length fitted masterpiece ang ipinakita ni Thañamae Cahilig ng Labangon, Cebu City. Ang disenyo nito ay alaala ng contemporary femininity. Pinalamutian ito ng pure stone crystals na iba’t-ibang kulay at nagpapahayag ng modernong hitsura.
Suot ang Minokawa-inspired gown ni Jomer Pacardo, gusto ni Nikki Shannen Ortega na magbigay-inspirasyon sa bagong henerasyon ng Filipino designers na lumikha ng higit pang mga disenyo tungkol sa kultura at kasaysayan ng bansa. Sa Philippine mythology, ang Minokawa ay isang higanteng nilalang na tila dragon na pinaniniwalaang lumulunok ng araw at nagiging sanhi ng mga eclipse. Couture at matingkad sa kulay na orange, mayroon din itong sapphire-like blue eyes na kumikinang.
Ang serpentina gown ni Kassandra Avena ay sumisimbolo sa kasimplehan at kadalisayan. Ang bead at shell designs nito ay kahalintulad ng naggagandahang Caramoan white sand beaches. Produkto ito ng tiyaga at lakas ng mga Bicolano. Hatid din ng disenyong ito ang katapangan na likas sa mga Bicolano.
Tiniyak din ng mga kandidata na magma-marka ang kanilang mga sagot sa Question and Answer portion.
Sophia Noreen Guillermo, Province of Ilocos Norte
Do you think that bearing a child is the true essence of being a woman?
“I believe that a woman isn’t entitled to the expectations of the public or of everyone. We have our own decisions to make and as women, we are here to prove that we are not just pretty faces. We are not [just here] because of our bodies, but we are here to also be a part of the community and do better things. And bearing a child, I believe, is not something that we have to go through, you know?”
Nadine Faith McCoy, Cebu City
Recently, there’s an opinion that Filipinos are more supportive of foreign entertainment, such as Korean dramas, over our own shows. Do you think this is true and why?
“I think that supporting foreign dramas is not something that we should not be proud of because the problem in our Philippines is that we despite of supporting others in order to see [ourselves] as someone who’s bigger. But in reality, we have to support each other including those foreign programs so that we can also be supported by them.”
Dana Gabrielle Tautho, Davao City
In beauty pageants, if there is one special award that needs to be given more attention or weight, what would it be and why?
“Since Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen is looking for a girl who is a queen for a cause. For me, there should be more importance on their advocacy because it is the essence of being a beauty queen — being the voice of the voiceless and being a queen for a cause. And in my opinion, as a person who is leaning towards the environment, I would like to share [with] the people that environmental protection is very important.”
Kristell Candice Pagdagdagan, Guinobatan, Albay
Do you think transgenders should be allowed to compete in pageants for women? Why or why not?
“Well, I believe that transgenders are the most important — one of the most important people in our lives because they are giving us entertainment, happiness, and so much purpose. And I believe that they have their own platform too and it [has] never been a problem to allow transgender to join in our community because I believe that the essence of pageant is for us to share our purpose.”
Jeaven Iyl Musni, Bacolod City
Do you think volunteerism helps the government in fulfilling its mandate to the people?
“I think, yes, because volunteers are an integral part of any society. They are the factor of national power which can lead our nation to heights of glory and prosperity, so let us not underestimate those volunteers because their influence can create a macro effect not only in the society but in the entire world as well.”
Jackelaine Fleming, Cebu City
Does being dependent on technology — like our cell phones — a good thing or a bad thing?
“No, we should not be reliant on our gadgets. Why? Because I feel like when we are away from our phones, we grow more as a person and we are more surrounded by the reality of life and that is something that is very important especially when it comes to spending time with our family and friends ‘cause time goes away in a split of a second so, appreciate.
Martina Mikael De La Rama, Buenavista, Agusan Del Norte
In what area of expertise do you think the government should focus on today’s youth — sports, science and technology, literacy, or arts?
“Today, everyone has a different kind of expertise, so I can say that everyone has a purpose and everyone has different skills and I, myself, [have] a purpose — a purpose to educate the people to preserve our ecosystem and I know that Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen is a great platform.”
Marikit Manaois, Baguio City
If you were named Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen, how will you use your title to support your advocacy?
“An Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen is a queen with a purpose. And if I were to win this title which is Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen then, I would take advantage of this platform to be able to talk about the importance of zero waste management and more so, the importance of giving back to Mother Earth. This may be a very challenging role for me, but this is just a small price for me to pay for the change that I want to make for the world.”
Maica Martinez, Nueva Ecija
Do you think that today’s influencers have a positive or a negative impact on our society and why?
“As a broadcast communication graduate, I believe that everyone has a great influence in our society, but what we should need to learn is that we need to keep on uplifting others because at the end of the day, what’s most important is how we affect the lives of other people and that’s why, I’m here in Aliwan Fiesta because I want to be that instrument together with Manila Broadcasting Company in serving back the Filipino people for 83 years.”
Thañamae Cahilig, Labangon, Cebu City
If you have a friend or a family member that opposed or mocked your personal political views in social media, how will you handle it?
“When I have a friend [who] mocks my political views, I would respect them, but I would just show them what [I] have my trust on or what are my views in these political views in social media. Because if I’m going to reply [to] them with another violence, it would make the situation much worse and if we would like to showcase what or spread positivity, then it would make our lives a better place.”
Nikki Shannen Ortega, Davao City
What are the characteristics of a responsible Filipino politician?
“I believe that the most important characteristic of a responsible Filipino politician is that he would be able to give justice to his country and his fellow community. I believe that he should have a kind and pure heart and at the same time, he should have a charisma so that people will follow him. One last thing, I also believe that having [an] innovative mind would lead to a [prosperous] and a brighter country.”
Kassandra Avena, Caramoan, Camarines Sur
How will you describe the region you’re representing to a blind man?
“Caramoan is a very beautiful place. It is rich in culture, tradition, and we really uplift our fellow Caramoanons. Caramoan can be described as a color red because Caramoans are empowered. We take pride in our culture and tradition, and I believe that we are resilient people. No matter what life brings us, we always become more resilient.”
Ang mananalo sa Best in Evening Gown ay tatanggap ng ₱10,000. Nakasalalay ang desisyong ito sa panel of judges na binubuo ng radio broadcaster na si Deo Macalma, pageant blogger Tristan Harvey Francisco, Miss Aura International 2021 Alexandra Faith Garcia, Actress Ana Abad-Santos, Tanduay Digital Brand Manager Edzel Ty, at kinatawan ng ACS Media Agency na si Allen Yotoko.
Sabay-sabay nating salubungin ang bagong Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen sa Awarding and Coronation Night sa Sabado, November 5, 2022. Ito ay mapapanood nang live sa Facebook page ng Aliwan Fiesta at sa lahat ng social media platforms ng MBC: DZRH, Love Radio, Yes The Best , Easy Rock, Aksyon Radyo, at Radyo Natin. Ipapalabas din ang mga palabas sa DZRH TV: Channel 18 sa Cignal, Channel 129 sa Skycable, Channel 3 sa Cablelink at sa daan-daang cable providers sa buong bansa.
Ang Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen 2022 ay hatid sa atin ng Unique toothpaste, White Rose Papaya whitening soap, Charm fabric conditioner, DITO Telecommunity, Birch Tree, Tanduay, Palmolive Naturals Ultra.