Southern Leyteña Kimberly Escartin placed third as one of the Best in Costume during the Miss Universe Philippines National Costume, at Leyte Normal University, last May 4.
Airissh Ramos from Eastern Samar was proclaimed Best in National Costume for the ensemble created by John Hubert Capito. Benguet’s bet Joemay-an Leo as second placer design by Lhee Wel Tokia. Three of them took the cash prize of P50,000.
Escartin, from Southern Leyte and Benguet’s Leo were among the 38 beauties who visited Eastern Visayas for the Miss Universe Philippines National Costume category, one of the most watched contests where candidates walked on their masquerade assembled inspired traditional outfits. The contest was held at Leyte Normal University in Tacloban City last May 4.
Twenty-five-year old Escartin, who stands 5’6” tall, is from Liloan, Southern Leyte. She is the daughter of an Overseas Filipino Worker. At a young age, she moved to the United Kingdom to study, and finished a degree in tourism management at a university in London.
Escartin’s main advocacy is on teenage pregnancy prevention.
During the competition, three of them were chosen as Tingog ng Pilipina Awardees Krishnah Marie Gravidez from Baguio representing Luzon, Airissh Ramos from Eastern Samar for Visayas and Jannarie Zarzoso from Agusan Del Norte for Mindanao.
Among the places that the candidates visited on the first day were the Astrodome Yolanda Memorial Park, Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño, Price Mansion, Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum and the Anibong Shipwreck, McArthur Landing Memorial National Park, San Juanico bridge, Leyte Provincial Government Complex, and a courtesy call with Palo Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla in Palo.
The next day they toured Sohoton Caves and Natural Bridge, attended the Secret Kitchens of Samar Food Festival and Banig weaving in Saob Cave, Banig Fashion Show, and pilgrim church in St. Michael the Archangel.
On the third day, the candidates went to Kalanggaman Island, Leyte. The last day ended with a visitation in SOS Children’s Village.
According to Tingog Representative Yedda Marie K. Romualdez, who was also the Binibining Pilipinas International 1996, hosting the Miss Universe Philippines NatCos is an opportunity to show the country and the world the beauty and wonders of Eastern Visayas. “It has been 10 years since Yolanda leveled our region.”
Together with Escartin, were: Jannarie Zarzoso, Agusan Del Norte; Avery Mariane Sucgang, Aklan; Kristeen Mae Boccang, Apayao; Jan Mari Bordon, Bacolod; Alexandria Bollier, Bacoor City; Krishnah Marie Gravidez, Baguio; Karen Joyce Olfato, Batangas; Joemay-an Leo, Benguet; Pauline Amelinckx, Bohol; Princess Anne Marcos, Bulacan; Shayne Glenmae Maquiran, Capiz; Samantha Alexandra Panlilio, Cavite; Dianne Padillo, Cebu City; Emmanuelle Vera, Cebu Province; Klyza Castro, Davao Oriental; Airissh Ramos, Eastern Samar; Vanessa Tse Wing, Guimaras; Chloei Darl Gabales, Ilioilo City; Kimberlyn Jane Acob, Isabela; Clare Inso, LapuLapu; Michelle Daniela Dee, Makati; Iman Franchesca Cristal, Mandaluyong; Christine Joyce Salcedo, Marinduque; Vanessa Maria Matzeit, Negros Oriental; Layla Adriatico, Northern Samar; Laicka Implamado, Occidental Mindoro; Louise Joy Gallardo, Palawan; Mary Angelique Manto, Pampanga; Clarielle Dacanay, Parañaque; Kali Navea-Huff, Pasig; Mary Eileen Gonzales, Quezon City; Lesly Joy Sim, Quezon Province; Rein Hillary Carrascal, Sorsogon; Hyra Desiree Betito, Surigao Del Norte; Nikki Justine Breedveld, Taguig; Christiana Afia Yeboah, Tiaong,Quezon; and Christine Juliane Opiaza, Zambales.
The Miss Universe Philippines 2023 will be held on May 13 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Bay City, Pasay.
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