Laoag City bet crowned Miss Ilocos Norte 2022


May. 07, 2022 ...

Keith Alawag of Laoag City, Miss Ilocos Norte 2022, was crowned in front of a live audience for the first time since the pandemic at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena Friday night, May 6.

The 21-year-old Ilokana is a budding actress and a micro-influencer who advocates for geriatric care, believing that caring for older people is a great responsibility and gratitude for allowing the present generation to enjoy life.

In addition to the main title, Alawag got three (3) special awards, including the Sirib Award, Best in Terno, and Best in Swimsuit.

For the final Question and Answer portion, Alawag was asked by Ms. Sass Rogando Sasot, a Netherlands-based political realist and blogger as well as the chairwoman of the judging panel, "The Ilokano community can be found all around the world. Given the chance to live abroad, what can't you live without from Ilocos Norte and why? "

Alawag answered, "If there is one thing that I can't live without from Ilocos Norte is the community itself, the Ilokanos. I believe that the Ilokanos are beyond incomparable that wherever you go around the world, you cannot really find Ilokano, the Ilokano traits..."

Meanwhile, Miss Ilocos Norte 2022 1st Runner Up is Sophia Noreen Guillermo of Dingras, 2nd Runner Up is Fhebe Kate Ballesteros of Sarrat, 3rd Runner Up is Alliah Gwyn Romero of Batac City, and 4th Runner Up is Marianne Abigail Pagdilao of Pinili.

Gracing the occasion, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc related an anecdote of his grandmother, former Congresswoman Imelda R. Marcos who is also a former beauty queen, about putting one's "best foot forward" as a gesture of respect.

"We celebrate that same spirit, not only in terms of beauty but also in terms of putting our best foot forward and representing the very best of the Ilokana.

"Each woman brings pride to her hometown while illustrating the beauty and greatness of the Ilokana. After all, the Ilokana is the very backbone and foundation of our communities. Tonight, we celebrate and appreciate beauty, culture, and the Ilokana."

Moreover, Governor Marcos Manotoc recognized the creatives behind the Miss Ilocos Norte pageant, who showcased the province's design, fashion, tourism, and culture.