By Celso De Guzman Caparas Photos by MBC / AFDQ
The twelve finalists, four each from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, vying for ALIWAN FIESTA DIGITAL QUEEN 2021 were formally presented to Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) President Ruperto S. Nicdao and members of pageant media via Zoom presscon on Tuesday, August 31.
From 47 hopefuls to 23 semi-finalists then trimmed down to 12 finalists.
Here they are :
1. From what is perhaps the most multi-cultural province in Central Luzon, comes KRISHIA MAE ABAD. Krish is 24 years old, stands 5 ft 6 inches tall and weighs 54 kilograms. Already a Tiktok sensation on social media, she is a licensed real estate broker and is also owner and operations manager of Bad Barista. Krish loves working out apart from reading books, drawing, and travelling. From the province of lush rice fields and sugar cane plantations -- Tarlac -- KRISHIA MAE ABAD.
2. Hailing from the city of love is COLLEEN BEATRIX ALCARDE. Bea is 23 years old, stands 5 ft 5 inches tall and weighs 52 kilograms. She holds a degree in foreign service from the University of San Agustin and is a self-proclaimed inspirational speaker who discovered her baking skills during the quarantine. At present she works as sales and service associate at PNB. The standard bearer of Iloilo -- COLLEEN BEATRIX ALCARDE.
3. De dentro la ciudad hermosa de Zamboanga viene SHARMAINE DE LA CRUZ. Maine is 24 years old, stands 5 ft 5 inches tall and weighs 55 kilograms. A graduate of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, she was a former international flight attendant for Cebu Pacific and is currently a medical representative. Maine loves watching Korean telenovelas and is an accomplished in cultural.ethnic, modern, interpretative, and ballroom dances. Ayuda Badjao is her chosen charity. From Asia’s Latin city - Zamboanga -- SHARMAINE DE LA CRUZ.
4. From Echague, Isabela - 18-year old is a Senior High Scool graduate from Isabela State University and an online boutique owner named K8's Collection. She was hailed as first runner-up in the 1st University Star search held last May 2021. KEITH ARBOLEDA
5. And from the other end of the island, known for the beaches of Boracay comes SHEALTIEL KYZE CAHILIG. Kyze is 18 years old, stands 5 ft 5 inches tall and weighs 45 kilograms. She is a freshman political science major at Garcia College of Technology. Kyze likes public speaking and is into mountaineering, swimming, and running. She has chosen Basura, Baylo, Bugas as her chosen charity, which promotes the fabrication of eco-bricks for remote coastal and upland areas. From Malay, Aklan -- SHEALTIEL KYZE CAHILIG.
6. JAYVEE LYN LOREJO is the candidate from Davao. Jayvee is 20 years old, stands 5 ft 7 inches and weighs 103 pounds. She is a third year tourism management major at the Joji Ilagan School of Business and Tourism. Jayvee plays badminton, golf, and loves spending time with her dogs. She hopes to be able to help Pulong Para Tumulong, which cares for LGBT and PWD residents of Davao. Luminously rerpresenting Davao de Oro -- JAYVEE LYN LOREJO
7. The town of San Manuel, formerly known as Callang, is considered the rice granary of the western part of Isabela. Known as the town of seed growers, they have spouted beauteous Ilokanas too like VJIE MATIAS. Badi, as she is fondly called, is 21 years old, stands 5 ft 5 inches tall and weighs 48 kilograms. An undergrad at the International School of Asia and the Pacific, she likes playing the guitar and experimenting with creative make-up techniques. The muse of Cagayan Valley -- VJIE MATIAS.
8. Up next we have SHANYL KAYLE HOFER of Minglanilla. Shan is 20 years old,stands 5 ft 5 inches tall and weighs 55 kilograms. A student at the University of San Jose Recoletos, she is into acting and painting, loves going to the gym, and is now learning graphic arts. Shan is an avowed supporter of the LGBTQ community. From the queen city of the south - Cebu -- SHANYL KAYLE HOFER.
9. JERAMIE MINGO hails from Iligan City. Jhay is 24 years old, stands 5 ft 6 inches tall and weighs 50 kilograms. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. Jhay is a fitness enthusiast who loves dancing and is a dedicated teacher of Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health or MAPEH. If she wins, she hopes to support to Badjao community in Tambacan, Iligan. ProUDly representing Lanao del Norte -- JERAMIE MINGO
10. Moving down to the lowlands, we have CHYNNA KAYE VEROSIL of Bugallon. Chynna is 18 years old, stands 5 ft 8 inches tall and weighs 54 kilograms. A senior high school student at the PHINMA-University of Pangasinan, she is into reading, planting, hiking, and travelling. Her chosen charity is the Go Bike Project, which was founded by the Sangguniang Kabataan of Bugallon to enable youth patrollers oncargo bikes to attend to medical needs of town residents. Pangasinan’s bet -- CHYNNA KAYE VEROSIL.
11. Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan queen for this year is CHERRY MAY REGALADO.. Cherry is 26 years old, stands 5 ft 5 inches and weighs 50 kilograms. She graduated from Aklan State University and is a martial arts and fitness coach. Cherry is a national athlete for pencak silat, who won both gold and bronze medals at the Asian Games and was a silver medalist at the world championships. Known as the silat princess and queen of the blades, Cherry has been training young Aklanons online even throughout the pandemic. If she wins, she hopes to support the St John the Baptist Cathedral and Movement of Gratitude, which is behind their community pantries. From Kalibo, Aklan -- CHERRY MAY REGALADO.
12. From Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte comes Krysti Ann Villarias. K-Ann is 22 years old, stands 5 ft 6 inches tall and weighs 56 kilograms. She is a high school graduate from Northern Mindanao Colleges Inc. She loves dancing and painting, but has more recently been hooked on airsoft. K-Ann wants to help the Services and Devices for PWDs program. This year’s standard bearer for Cabadbaran Agusan del Norte -- KRYSTI ANN VILLARIAS.
Reigning Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen (2020) JANNARIE ZARZOSO graced the virtual press presentation.
CALENDAR of EVENTS :
• September 11 - Launch and Pride of Place
• September 18 - Talent and Skills Competition
• September 25 - Queens for a Cause
• October 2 - Evening Gown Competition and Q&A
• October 9 - Awarding & Coronation Night