23 Ilocanas eye for 2019 Miss Ilocos Norte crown

May 07, 2019 ...

The complete set of young and modern Ilocanas, representing the 21 towns and two cities of Ilocos Norte, are in full swing for the Grand Coronation Night of the 2019 edition of Miss Ilocos Norte pageant tomorrow, May 8, 7:30 pm at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena, Laoag City.

"Miss Ilocos Norte is the final activity of the La Milagrosa Provincial Fiesta. It is our way to give the outstanding and deserving Ilocana a privilege of being the provincial ambassadress on youth affairs, education, tourism, and environmental conservation, among others.

"She will also be given scholarship and career opportunities, and will have the chance to promote our province through a national pageant competition in one of the biggest television network in the country," Mr. Aian Raquel, head of the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office (INTO), mentioned during the press presentation of Miss Ilocos Norte candidates, last April 24.  

Meanwhile, the local government of Laoag City announced earlier that their official representative will not participate on this year's pageant, but through the support of Ilocos Norte Travel Agencies Association (INTAA), Ilocos Norte Tour Guides League Inc., and Panlalawigang Pederasyon ng Sangguniang Kabataan ng Ilocos Norte (PPSK), 2019 Miss Laoag City, Keisha Valerio Baldonado, resigned from her post and bravely auditioned for the pageant, completing the whole set of 23 empowered women of the North.

The candidates officially started the competition by exhibiting their swimwear during the 7th Himala sa Buhangin held at the Paoay Sand Dunes last April 30.

Governor Imee R. Marcos initiated the Himala! Festival to immerse the youth in arts and music, as well as to encourage their active participation in various art medium.

Furthermore, last May 3, the candidates participated in a "Resiliency Challenge" initiated by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in which they experienced the different disaster-preparedness activities. They also took an examination to gauge their knowledge on first aid measures.

While on May 5, the candidates displayed their Ilocano terno and elegant evening gowns during the Preliminary Competition at the Provincial Capitol Grounds.

A Fashion Show segment as part of the Miss Ilocos Norte pageant was also held yesterday, at the Robinsons Place Ilocos, also serving as an avenue for Ilocano fashion designers to display locally-produced handwoveninabel fabrics. The candidates walk down the runway and flaunted their inabel dresses. On the same event, the aspiring candidates also showcased their individual talents.

The winners of the swimwear competition, resiliency challenge, and best in talent will automatically secure a spot in the top 13 on the finals night.

Capitol Light show honors Prov'l Patroness, Ilocano heritage

"Here's a project we dedicate to all Ilocanos and to all our hardworking colleagues, who in the last eight years, have dedicated their time and talents in producing the festival. In the end, we will remember the joy of working together and tirelessly upholding Ilocano pride," Raquel said during the opening ceremony of La Milagrosa Joyful Symphony of Lights last May 1.

The provincial festival was launched in 2012, in honor of the pontifically-crowned Patroness of Ilocos Norte, La Virgen Milagrosa, who is currently enshrined at Minor Basilica of St. John the Baptist in the town of Badoc.

In consonance, the Capitol light show was presented as a "gift" for the wedding anniversary of the late former President Ferdinand E. Marcos and the Second District Representative Imelda R. Marcos, who attended the Capitol light show together with the family of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., and Mrs. Irene Marcos-Araneta.

The lightshow will run until May 30, starting from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. It is accompanied by traditional folksongs and other original Ilocano music dedicated to local fishermen. 

by Blessing Angel Agliam



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