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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, October 17, 2016
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Escamilla crowned MQ 2016
BY KEITH BRANDON CARI-AN

Valerie Escamilla of John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation was crowned MassKara Queen 2016 at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City Saturday night.

Escamilla, 20, and a Cruise Ship Services major student, bested 10 other candidates in the interschool installment of MassKara Queen organized by the Association of Colleges and Universities of Negros Occidental.

Maria Angela Clarisse Estioko of Riverside College was first runner-up, Ancella Denise Anne Pastias of STI-West Negros University second runner-up, Erika Joille Patayon of Negros Occidental High School 3 rd runner-up, and Pink Eirene Genolos of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College-Talisay 4 th runner-up.

Consistent Dean's Lister Escamilla said she plans to use her title to influence more Bacolodnons and to promote her advocacy on youth education.

I'll use my title to serve as an ambassadress of Bacolod, and empower the youth to turn them into valuable assets of the city, she said.

She said she is also proud to bring home the crown to JBLCF, adding that she did not even expect to be among the top five candidates as she did not bag any special or corporate awards.

Estioko, 1st Runner-up, was hailed Darling of the Press, Miss Photogenic, Miss Teleperformance and Miss Olay; 2nd Runner-up Pastias won as Best in Swimsuit, Best in Gown and was named Miss Vito Designs; 3rd Runner-up Patayon was awarded Best in Talent and Social Media Princess; and 4th Runner-up Genolos was Best in Cocktail, Miss Merczi and Miss Smart Bro.

Janine Pearl Casilao of VMA Global College won as the Negros Bloggers Choice, Designer's Choice and the Queen SuperCat; LykaJ ingco Legaspi of CHMSC-Alijis was Miss Congeniality; and Dessa Jane Dangallo of the University of Neg. Occ.-Recoletos was named Miss Skin Solutions.

The other candidates were Qliczyll Claire Castinoof Bacolod City College, Marie Frances Araneta of La Consolacion College-Bacolod and Georgia Melissa Teddy Dacules of theColegio San Agustin-Bacolod.

The MQ pageant night featured the candidates in swimwear, cocktail dresses, long gowns and Filipiniana gowns designed by Edwin Benitez and was directed by Archie Perez.*KBC

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