Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - FRONT PAGE - By Jo Ann Sablad

TWENTY-ONE ladies rep­re­sent­ing their re­spec­tive mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and cities in Misamis Ori­en­tal are vy­ing for the ti­tle of Miss Kuyamis 2020.

The of­fi­cial can­di­dates were pre­sented in pub­lic dur­ing the flag rais­ing rites at the Capi­tol grounds Mon­day, December 2.

Ac­cord­ing to Pro­vin­cial Tourism Depart­ment head Jef­frey Sa­clot, only the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Gitagum, Lib­er­tad, Tagoloan and Kino­gu­i­tan have de­cided not to join the pageant.

“Hope­fully they’ll be able to par­tic­i­pate in some of the com­pe­ti­tions like the Kuyamis booth com­pe­ti­tion and the Street Danc­ing Com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

The can­di­dates for Miss Kuyamis 2020 are: Sean Mary Tem­ple (Jasaan), Yanesse Cul­la­mat (Bin­uan­gan), Kristyl Louise Mar­quino (Lagon­g­long), Sheena Balansag (Tal­isayan), Jeramie Mingo (Naawan), Alianah Jean Tumapon (Man­ti­cao), Danielle Arceo (Balin­gasag), Sa­man­tha Pauline Feranil (Gin­goog City), Kyanna Zyra Padog­dog Awitin (Sug­bongco­gon).

Also, Bethel Amor Bul­le­cer (Salay), An­gel Sal­cedo Talo (Me­d­ina), Jen­nifer Rosos Puno (Clave­ria), Kris­tine An­gel Co­laste (Vil­lanueva), Esel Mae Pa­bil­laran (Lu­gait), Briza Louise Ratilla (Magsaysay), Ir­ish Claire Daug (El Sal­vador City), Veron­ica Yvette

(Alu­bi­jid), Fritzie Jean Naelga (Balin­goan), Rechelle Mae Jabunan (Laguindin­gan), Cris­lyn Rose Be­ha­gan Acain (Ini­tao), and Iso­bel Teano (Opol).

“As the years go by ga-in­crease ang num­ber of con­tes­tants sa Miss Kuyamis. In the first Miss Kuyamis we only had 16, in the se­cond and third Miss Kuyamis we had 20 and right now we are hav­ing 21 can­di­dates. So that’s a pos­i­tive news for Miss Kuyamis pageant,” Sa­clot said.

Sa­clot shared that the cash prize for the Miss Kuyamis 2020 is big­ger and she will re­ceive sev­eral perks dur­ing her year-long reign, es­pe­cially since she will also be the next tourism am­bas­sador of Misamis Ori­en­tal.

“Her role is to pro­mote the prov­ince of Misamis Ori­en­tal and the high­light of which is for her to be able to grab the op­por­tu­nity of rep­re­sent­ing Misamis Ori­en­tal in the na­tional pageants,” Sa­clot said.

Celebri­ties and pageant ex­perts are ex­pected to be a part of the group of judges for the pageant.

Miss Kuyamis 2020 will be held on Jan­uary 9 at the El Sal­vador City Gym­na­sium. The pageant is one of the high­lights of the week-long cel­e­bra­tion of the Kuyamis Fes­ti­val which is slated on Jan­uary 6 to 11, 2020.

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