“Resilient” Ilocanas vie for 2018 Miss Ilocos Norte title

May 08, 2018 ...

All 23 candidates of the 2018 Miss Ilocos Norte pageant attended the Basic First Aid and Basic Fire Protection Training conducted by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and underwent a "Resiliency Challenge" yesterday, May 7, at the BFP Provincial Headquarters, Laoag City.

Miss Ilocos Norte pageant, a highlight of the La Milagrosa Provincial Fiesta, was inspired by the Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May), a Filipino tradition which aims to search for the town's festival muse. The winner of the pageant will serve as the province's ambassadress on youth affairs, tourism, and environmental conservation, among others.

The "Resiliency Challenge" was composed of proper cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) demonstration, proper bandaging of injuries, attitude and posture in administering first aid, and basic fire fighting. The candidates also took a diagnostic exam to assess their knowledge regarding first aid measures. The winner of the "Resiliency Challenge" will be announced on the coronation night and automatically included in the top 13.

"Our beauty queens are very important figures in their communities, which is why we are training them in disaster-preparedness activities to encourage resiliency and hone their leadership skills so that their year of reign will be very worthwhile," said Provincial Tourism Officer Mr. Ianree "Aian" B. Raquel.

The 2018 Miss Ilocos Norte formally started last May 1 during the Pre-pageant which included an oral interview and swimsuit, casual wear, and evening gown competitions. These coincided with the La Milagrosa Joyful Symphony of Lights, a part of the province's initiative to promote tourism through "activating" heritage sites.

For their production number, the candidates were dressed in inabel, Ilocos Norte's heritage fabric.

"We also make [the pageant] an avenue for local designers, costume-makers, and everyone involved in fashion and design to have an opportunity to showcase their work. This has been an avenue for the recognition of local materials, designs, and craftsmanship," Raquel remarked.

Meanwhile, in the evening gown competition, the candidates walked on the runway in gowns inspired by paintings of the global Ilocano Artist, Juan Luna.

A native of Badoc, Ilocos Norte, Juan Luna was the artist behind Spoliarium which garnered the gold medal in the Exposition Nacional de Bellas Artes 1884 in Madrid, Spain. Other works of Luna include España y Filipinasand The Parisian Life, among others.

Moreover, last May 5, the candidates competed in the traditional terno presentation in front of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol.

"We encourage them to derive inspiration from local sources, history and local materials. This year, we are doing neo-ethnic and neo-tribal motif, we are trying to explore the possibility of modernizing our pre-Spanish design elements," Raquel added.

The coronation night of 2018 Miss Ilocos Norte will be on May 11, 7:00 PM at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena. Winners will receive cash prizes and scholarship grants, including the chance to promote the province through a competition in a major television network. 


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