A celebration of beauty and local festivities became the central theme of the Lin-ay sang Negros 2018 preliminaries where five candidates emerged as the winners in the press presentation, talent competition, and festival costume paradeat the Robinson’s Place Bacolod during the weekend.
The 27 candidates from various cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental vied for the first three competitions of the provincial beauty pageant held at the Citywalk of Robinson’s Mall Saturday and yesterday.
During the Press Presentation on Saturday, Lin-ay sang Kabankalan Gheneza Marie Mueller was the muse of the media, judged by various local media personalities in Negros.
The muse of the media was chosen by grouping the Lin-ays into nine, where each group was asked the same question by a member of the media.
Mueller was asked what tourist spot in their place will she promote to attract tourist to the province. She said that it will be Kabankalan’s City Museum as it has the rich history of their place.
Other candidates were also asked about tourism, poverty, and current issues in the province and the country.
Lin-ay sang Sagay Daireen Mae Dagatan was the Best in Talent through a contemporary dance inspired by their city’s Sinigayan Festival.
During the talent competition the candidates were tasked to present a talent related to the culture and tradition of their respective towns and cities.
During the parade of festival costumes yesterday, designer John Cliff emerged as the best designer after creating a futuristic Tinabu-ay Festival inspired costume for Lin-ay sang Murcia Lawrelie Cay Allen.
Cliff, in an interview, said the costume was futuristic and inspired with the silver celebration of the Panaad sa Negros Festival this year.
He said the body of the costume was covered with silver materials with a tail of assorted colors that represent the colorful life of the Murciahanons.
The materials used in making the costume were mirrors bits, rhinestones, and micro-sequins, Cliff added.
Allen, together with Lin-ay sang Cauayan Le’Ann Marie Gayatin, and Lin-ay sang Hinigaran Yasmine Cabalfin were hailed as the top 3 best in festival costume.
The talent competition was judged by Charie Ginete-Ilon, Baldomero Defensor Jr., and Jean Tibus-Kooken, and the festival costume parade by John Jesner Perce Punsaran, Tamira Ivonne-Willis, and Jet Salcedo.
On April 15 during the festival highlights, the Lin-ay sang Negros photo exhibit at Robinson’s Mall will be opened while the pageant night will be on April 20 at the Panaad Stadium in Mansilingan, Bacolod City.*MLG
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