by Ladylove May B. Baurile
Los Baños, Laguna – 17candidates representing the 13 barangays of Los Baños showed their talents last night for the Miss Los Baños Talent Night.
Among the representatives are Arnie Delideli (Mayondon), Jarmaine Acebedo (Bayog), Margielyn Icarro (Lalakay), Jane Frances Palis (San Antonio), Maricar de Luna (Maahas), Julie Anne Baltazar (San Antonio), Louisse Ann Perez (Timugan), Aira Mae Trinidad (Batong Malake), Roxanne Siman (Bambang), Lovely Garcia (Bambang), Beverly Hintural (Bayog), Victoria Banagan (Timugan), Jielleen Banatlao (Lalakay), Rubelyn Malitic (Bayog), April Rose Dichoso (San Antanio), Mikki Pamulaklakin (San Antonio) and Jonnadel Dongsal (Timugan).
“Overwhelmed ako kasi ako yung nag-iisang nagrerepresent nung barangay namin and flattered kasi nandoon ang support nila (I was overwhelmed because I am the sole candidate representing our village, and the support they’ve shown me is flattering),” said Arnie Delideli of Brgy. Mayundon. She also added that when joining pageant you are really expecting to win but not for popularity but for experience.
“I won’t expect too much [on coronation night], simpleng maging member lang ako dito masaya na ako,” shared Mikki Pamulaklakin of Brgy. San Antonio.
The judges for the said event are Prof. Joan Luna of UPLB Department of Human Kinetics, Mr. Jose Emmanuel Lingao of McDonald’s Vega Center, Mr. Ever John Guce of Globe Telecom, Ms. Emma Izon of Philippine High School for the Arts and the chairman of the panel of judges, Prof. Naomi Enriquez of UPLB Department of Human Kinetics and Philippine Dance Sports Association.
The criteria for judging are execution (2.5 points), originality (2.5 points), choreography or musicality (2 points), projection (1 point), costume (1 point) and overall impact (1 point).
According to Ms. Twila Torres, the coordinator of the event, Miss Los Baños was originally a part of the Bañamos Festival but was rescheduled to focus on the flood affected barangays. “Since this is Christmas and we wish to give the people little happiness, merriments, festivities, the municipality… decided to do it here since because of the Habagat parang it’s not a proper time to celebrate,” added Ms. Torres.
Miss Los Baños, now on its eleventh year, is a part of Paskuhan sa Bagong Los Baños. The swimming competition occurs 8 am today and the coronation night on December 15.