DUBAI – After months of rigorous preparation, ‘Pride of the Philippines’ also known as the ‘King & Queen of the Philippines’ proclaimed its very first titlist during the final show held the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, The Indian Higschool last Saturday, September 30.
Amongst twelve (12) outstanding gentlemen and twelve (12) gorgeous ladies, Nino Paulo Parena was hailed King while Lamis El Sayed was Queen. The pageant royalties were assembled with entourage comprised of Willson Villarosa and Anna Carmina Antonio (1st Runner-up), Angelo Honorio and Maricris Cesumission (2nd Runner-up), Jomie Fritz Zaulda and Elha Quiamco (3rd Runner-up), Arnold Briones and Juriel Valledor.
The finalists competed and strut costumes and attires in Creative Festival Wear, Casual Wear, Summer Wear, Creative Barong and Terno categories.
The event was hosted by Filipino celebrity/singer Ronnie Ling and Mrs. Globe Philippines 2017, Sherry Lou Villasenor. It’s Showtime’s Sample Queen Grand Champ, Queenie Velardo also gave a special performance.
The organizer, headed by Ms Rose Hayes earlier expressed their apologies to the audience since the Filipino celebrity Tom Rodriguez, one the supposed host did not make due to health issues.
Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes together with wife Dr. Yasmin Balajadia-Cortes graced the event. Cortez highlighted on his speech the importance of Philippine artistry and our rich culture; that it is an avenue for us to shoutout to the world who we are and why we are loved.
Parena, a Batangueno bested in the Question and Answer (Q&A) among others.
“I want to be remembered as an advocate of hope. I want everybody to know that whatever trials and struggles they’re in, there’s still hope. We, Filipinos, are always smiling because, we know in our hearts that after those (trial and struggles), there is a better tomorrow… and that is hope”
He has been earlier picked as media’s favorite during the event’s Press Conference.
The Overseas Filipino new-comer works as a nurse in Dubai for the past six months. He has been a medical practitioner in the Philippines, then decided to move to the emirates for a greener pasture.
El Sayed is a stand-out beauty eversince during the screening and pre-pageant. This pageant first-timer stands 5’11 and a noticeable ‘mestiza’.
Lamis is a Fil-Lebanese who spent most of her childhood in Lebanon. She later transferred in the Philippines when she was 12, for her secondary and college education. It was also during those period that she learned Filipino (Tagalog) fluently and by-heart.
She also bested in the Q&A portion saying, “A trait that not only a Queen, but everyone must have is genuity. Once you’re genuine, anything and everything that you do will come from the heart. Be genuine to your people, not only to your race but to all races. We should now accept that we living a community with cultural diversity. We should always strive for the survival of human race. That would always come from a person with heart that is true and genuine.”
Working as an administrative assistant in a Management Consultancy firm in Dubai, Lamis makes sure to find time for sports-related leisure. During weekends, she competes with her team on volleyball competitions in Dubai.
Charie Christel Malinit & Wilson Villarosa
Best in Talent
Ehla Marie Tesorero & Arnold Briones
Best in Festival Creative Attire
Lamis El Sayed & Angelo Honorio
Street Casual Wear
Lamis El Sayed & Rossevelt Barrera
Anna Carmina Antonio & Wilson Villarosa
Best in Terno
Best in Creative Barong
(Photos by Among Garci)