Samar native bags Miss Mandaue crown

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

WEARING a shimmering evening gown, Lou Dominique Piczon outshone 11 other ladies during the Miss Mandaue 2014 coronation night last Wednesday.

The 18-year-old model and information technology student bagged the crown and won a handful of special awards, including the Best in Runway and Best in Opening Production.

Thousands watched the pageant, one of the main events of Mandaue’s fiesta celebration, at the City Sports and Cultural Complex.


Piczon, an incoming third year student of the University of San Jose-Recoletos and a native of Catbalogan, Northern Samar, emerged winner after the three-hour competition, where contestants also showcased the designs of famous Cebuano designer Cary Santiago who was one of the judges.

She was the first contestant to get called for the question-and-answer portion.

She was asked whether Mandaue’s past is still relevant to the present.

Winning answer

She answered: “The past is still relevant to this day because history is what makes Mandaue what it is right now. From its historical landmarks to the stories behind these historical landmarks, these are what make Mandaue what it is today.”

Other winners were April Ann Claire White (first runner-up), Melody Esther Hodgson (second runner-up), Mikee Kristine Beltran (third runner-up) and Aivy Mae Castro (fourth runner-up).

Beltran, who wore a white gown designed by Danny Booc, won the Best in Evening Gown award. She was also named Miss Congeniality.

Hodgson won Best in Talent and Media’s Choice awards, as well as two corporate awards. Castro was named Miss Photogenic.

During the evening gown competition, Mike Yapching won best designer for the gown worn by contestant Sylva Stevenson.

The 45-year-old pageant is organized every year during the fiesta by the City Government, the Taga Mandaue Inc. and the Cultural, Historical, Educational, Sports and Tourism Foundation.

The city celebrated the feast day of St. Joseph yesterday.

Piczon, in an interview with reporters after the pageant, said the Miss Mandaue was the biggest pageant she has joined so far. She had joined six other beauty pageants.

Being Mandaue’s new ambassadress of goodwill, Piczon said she will get involved in activities promoting education, especially among street children.

“I believe education is the best gift one can ever receive,” she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 09, 2014.

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