LEGAZPI CITY, April 28 Sixteen-year-old Jacquelyn Bernarte of Bacacay, Albay, the 2014 Miss Daragang Magayon, wants to be a doctor someday.
Bernarte won the title during a star-studded pageant on Saturday night at the Albay Astrodome.
Other big winners are Marvi Ann de Lima of Libon, Albay, Miss Tourism; Lourdes Aurora Cu of Polangui, Albay, Miss Almasor; Miki Santiago of Legazpi City, 1st Runner-Up; and Venessa Mae Buitre of Legazpi City, 2st Runner-Up.
Bernarte is an incoming first year BS Biology student at the Bicol University College of Science.
The Daragang Magayon Pageant was the second competition she joined after the Karagumoy Festival Pageant wherein she won as the Karagumoy Festival First Princess in her town.
At first she was hesitant to join because of her conservative parents but still she pursued her dreams.
"I just want to thank all the people who supported me — my parents, sisters and brothers — even if at first they didn't like me joining beauty pageants, but still they gave me a chance. I really can't believe it," Bernarte added.
To the question "What do you think Bicolanas need nowadays in order to win international pageants?" Bernarte answered, "Bicolanas are really beautiful and talented and the only way that they will win international pageants is to have confidence, as Yvette Marie Santiago said. Confidence will bring beacon to the Philippines."
After she answered the question given by lawyer Carol Sabio, she greeted her parents who were celebrating their wedding anniversary.
Special awards were also given to the following: Ms. Telegenic, Bernarte; Miss Photogenic, Miki Santiago of Legazpi City; Ms. Congeniality, Sarah Jane Balingasa of Legazpi City, Best in Talent, Balingasa; Best in Production Number, Venessa Mae Buitre; Ms. Bicol Shirt City, Buitre; Ms. Calchews, Buitre; Ms. Cagsawa Travel and Tours, Bernarte; Ms. Sophie Paris, Lourdes Aurora Cu of Polangui, Albay; Ms. Belo Essentials, Lyra Belchez of Tabaco City; Ms. SnL-g, Santiago; Ms. Legazpi City Lions Club, Santiago; Best in Swimwear, Bernarte; Ms Bragais and Company, Bernarte; Ms. Bigg's Diner, Cu; Ms Devant, Cu; Ms. Cloud Phone, Ronaliza Candare of Sto. Domingo, Albay; Ms. Jollibee, Kathleen Mae Lausingco of Polangui, Albay; Ms. Globe Texters Choice Awardee, Cristina Mejes Enriquez of Camalig, Albay; Ms LCC Woman of Style, Santiago; Best Philippine Terno, Belchez; and Best Philippine Terno Designer, Caramba Bueno.
The top 10 finalists were: Ina Dominica Guerrero of Daraga, Albay; Denise Omorog of Catanduanes; Sarah Jane Balingasa of Legazpi City; Lourdes Aurora Cu of Polangui, Albay; Jacquelyn Bernarte of Bacacay, Albay; Princess Cecilio of Jovellar, Albay; Marvi Ann de Lima of Libon, Albay; Lyra Velchez of Tabaco City; Miki Santiago of Legazpi City; and Venessa Mae Buitre of Legazpi City.
Known artists joining Sabio as judges were John Hall, Ian Veneracion, Lorna Tolentino, Marina Benipayo, Laureen Uy and Andrew Wolf.
The pageants winners for last year — Luvelle Bitara (Daragang Magayon), Liezel Ramos (Lady of the Mountain – Masaraga), Bernadette Salinel (Miss Tourism), Jian Salazar (Lady of the Flower, Malinao) and Bianca Hondanero (Miss Almasorca) — turned over their crowns to the new winners. (PNA)