SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – In preparation for the Ms. City of San Fernando 2017 coronation night, the 19 lovely candidates went through a two-day boot camp on February 15-16, 2017 with Ms. Nina Ricci Alagao, a former beauty queen turned actress and model.
Alagao won the Bb. Pilipinas crown in 2000 and represented the country in the Ms. Universe pageant in Nicosia, Cyprus. She regularly handles image enhancement and personality development workshops for corporations and beauty pageants.
During the workshop, Alagao shared how she takes care of herself and maintains her physique and looks despite being a career woman, a lovely wife to actor Michael Flores and a doting mother to three boys. She also taught them basic pageant skills such as the pasarela or pageant walk, doing their own make-up, preparing for the question and answer portion and camera projection during photo shoots.
Asked how the boot camp helped them prepare for the competition, contestant Jonryl Anne Navora said, “The boot camp helped us internalize what a real beauty queen should be - the way we walk and maintain our balance, how to face the crowd with right posture and grace; the way we think and talk; the way we take good care of ourselves as an individual. Most of all, our smiles! (We were also reminded) how we should be "confidently beautiful with a heart" not only verbally but also in action.”
Contestant Kahreen Lou Mondina also gushed about being mentored by a former Bb. Pilipinas queen. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be inspired by Ms. Nina Ricci Alagao. Her words of wisdom enlightened our hearts and minds to be more natural and to be ourselves. (She reminded us that) we are beautiful in our own ways.”
Aside from Navora and Mondina, official candidates also include Camille Era L. Bulatao, Micamelle Ducusin, Maricar D. Orque, Jay-mi B. Reusser, Audrey Baniqued, Alec Alexes L. Flores, Michelle C. Gurtiza, Cris Doctolero, Ailyn Grace M. Santos, Ellaine Loice P. Pascua, May Ann A. Soriano, Joanna Marie Rimando, Almira S. Penafiel, Donnabelle B. Erno, Angelita P. Soliven, Aileen Grace Cabiladas and Anne Margareth V. Sanglay.
Ms. City of San Fernando is a pageant held annually and is considered one of the highlights of the city’s fiesta. Among the forty-three girls that applied to the competition, the screening committee picked 19 girls to become the official candidates of Ms. City of San Fernando 2017. This year’s pageant committee is headed by Mayor Hermenegildo “Dong” Gualberto and vice-chaired by City Councilor Maria Rosario Eufrosiana “Chary” Nisce.
The pre-pageant night and coronation night will be held at the City Plaza on March 12, 2017 and March 20, 2017, respectively.