As a long-time resident of Makati, the city where I was born and bred – I couldn’t think of any other city where I want to spend the rest of my life.
Makati City, the country’s central business district and a prime location, is the hub for leisure, entertainment, and commerce. With the leadership of its recently-reelected mayor, Mayor Abby Binay, Makati is also gearing itself to be in the forefront of technology and innovation as evidenced by its recent programs for its “Makatizens.”
The thrust on technology and a forward-looking outlook is visible in the theme for this year’s search for Miss Makati. 24 young ladies from Makati’s various localities were introduced to the media recently at The Conservatory of the Manila Peninsula.
With the theme, “Creating the Future Now,” the search is held annually as part of the celebration for the city’s Foundation Day activities. For its 349th anniversary, Makati City is celebrating with the theme, “Makati 2025: Fast-Tracking Progress.”
In a message delivered by Dwayne Samarista of the Makati Museum and Cultural Affairs Office (MCAO) in behalf of the affable mayor, Mayor Binay emphasized that aside from having beauty and intelligence, the soon-to-be-crowned Miss Makati should also serve as a good influence to the youth of the city.
Included as part of the 24 finalists are: Micah Beatrice Santos (Carmona); Charlene Marie Inonog (Kasilawan); Stephanie Isabelle Aquino (Poblacion); Kristina Cassandra Bahaj (Sta. Cruz); Sophia Michaela Leanne Aguado (Pio del Pilar); Alliaa Nicole Diputado (Tejeros); Venice Kayla Barrameda (Guadalupe Viejo); Gianelle Anne Balaton (Valenzuela); Patricia Rose Pangan (San Isidro); Bianca Gabrielle Abaya (Poblacion); Lailah Guiuan (Pembo); Kaoru Aseana Pimentel (South Cembo); and Jan Karen Esguerra (Bel-Air).
Also vying for the title are Monica Acuno (West Rembo); Hannah Patricia Beatrice Kristiansen (Northside); Desiree Harriet Alyanna Gamboa (Guadalupe Viejo); Charlyn Joyce Barrientos (Southside); Ma. Anna Clarisse Villavicencio (San Antonio); Marie Gabrielle Brillantes (Poblacion); Princess Vinia Putulin (South Cembo); Renee Rose Tirones (San Lorenzo); Elliah Kate Nicolas (East Rembo); Jeanne Pauline Suplente (Guadalupe Viejo); and Erika Mae Salvador (Comembo).
Adding glamour to the media event was the presence of Ruffa Gutierrez who gave pointers to the candidates on how to best present themselves on stage. Drawing from her experience as a former beauty queen, the actress encouraged the 24 ladies to “just be themselves and enjoy the experience.”
The new Miss Makati will be announced on Friday, June 21, at the Makati Coliseum. This year’s panel of judges include fashion designers Albert Andrada, Paul Cabral, and Anthony Ramirez; Air Asia CEO Shiela Romero; Kate Pagkalinawan, president and CEO of iSkin Aesthetic Lifestyle; Angkas Public Affairs head George Royeca; well-known TV host Tim Yap; as well as former Miss World Second Princess Ruffa Gutierrez at Franco Laurel.
The new “Miss Makati” will win a P200,000 cash prize, while “Miss Makati Tourism” at “Miss Makatizen” will receive P150,000 and P100,000 cash prize, respectively. Other special awards will also be given by sponsors Air Asia, ISkin Aesthetic Lifestyle, and Balmain.