UP student picked as Miss Cebu 2014

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

CEBU (Updated) - Even before they joined the search for Miss Cebu 2014, top five candidates in the pageant were already involved in relief efforts for super typhoon Yolanda survivors.

But for 20-year-old University of the Philippines Cebu political science student Cheriemel Diane Muego, there’s more to coming up with the right answer to the final question in last night’s pageant.

Muego is a native of Ormoc City, which was placed under a state of calamity when super typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas last Nov. 8.


The final five candidates were all asked what they will do to inspire Yolanda survivors, if crowned Miss Cebu.

“I believe that I have already started even if I’m not yet Miss Cebu. In my own way, I have contributed in sparking volunteerism. By working together, we can inspire others and give hope and inspire people to rise again,” said Muego.

Muego, who has lived in Cebu for four years, celebrated her birthday last Tuesday, the day before the pageant.

Muego’s win was not an easy one.

Eva Psychee Patalinghug, 19, who took the first runner-up spot, amassed four minor awards: Miss Friendship, Miss Photogenic, Kapamilya Star of the Night and Best in Evening Gown. She was also the crowd favorite.


One of the pageant’s hosts, Karla Henry, also Miss Earth 2008, said Muego gave an “amazing” answer in the semi-final question and answer round.

Muego was asked what she thinks of making Cebu independent of the Philippines.

She described the movement as similar to “cutting the umbilical cord” to the country.

“We cannot make parallel comparisons with Singapore and Hong Kong… It’s absurd. If that will happen, we will be a country within a country and we will have logistics and transportation problems… We will face greater challenges (on) borders. Let’s remain a province; a culturally-, socially- and economically-rich province,” she said.

The answer earned her applause.


As their answers to the final question, fourth runner-up Crystal Star Aberasturi, 21, and third runner-up Grace Anne Marie Yap, 22, narrated how they helped in relief operations for Bantayan Island.

Second runner-up Hannah Marie Gore, 21, became teary when turn came. She said the devastation was heartbreaking but she became proud of being a Cebuana because of the support Cebu gave to Yolanda survivors.

First runner-up Patalinghug borrowed Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama’s motto, “Together, we can make things happen,” in answering the final question.

Miss Cebu 2014 won trips to Singapore, Kota Kinabalu and Las Vegas, USA. She also won
P60,000 in cash.

Pageant judges were fashion photographer Xander Angeles, Megaworld executive Maricor Manlangit, fashion designer Jojie Lloren, fashion model Georgia del Rosario and host Bobby Yan.

Artists who performed in the intermission numbers included Sun.Star Cebu editor and Missing Filemon frontman Lorenzo “Insoy” Niñal, who co-wrote “Matahom Sugbo.”Designer Kate Torralba also performed two two songs.

Miss Cebu winners from the 1980s to 2013 also took the stage. Candidates and past winners wore gowns designed by Cebuano designers.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 16, 2014.

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