Crowd cheering, cameras flashing, banners waving, confetti raining, balloons dropping and the crowning of a beauty. Who won the title? None other than Wynonah Van Joy Buot, a Mass Communication graduate of the University of the Philippines.
Not only did the lovely Wynonah bagged the most coveted title, she also clinched all four special awards namely Best in Evening Gown, Kapamilya Star for the Night, Miss Photogenic and Miss Friendship.
Comprising Wynonah’s court were 1st runner-up Ma. Genefe Navilo, 2nd runner-up Aivy Mae Castro, 3rd runner-up Lucena Rose Magdadaro and 4th runner-up Domenic Reynes.
It was a glorious night indeed which was opened by the finalists in colorful costumes energetically grooving on stage with their backup dancers at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.
The finalists later showcased the “modern Maria Clara” designs of Cebuano designers while they were being serenaded by Jem Cubil, a contestant of the Voice of the Philippines.
Then followed Wynonah’s sweep of the special awards.
Jimmy Marquez also serenaded the finalists with his rendition of Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud wowing the crowd.
The evening gown portion saw the finalists donning red gowns by renowned Cebuano designers Albert Ariba, Marichu Tan, Jun Escario, Ditas Rodriguez, Wendell Quisido, Philipp Tampus, OJ Hofer, William Manahan, Dino Lloren, Arcy Gayatin, Ren Manabat and Harley Ruedas.
While Wynonah topped the evening gown competition, named best designer was Marichu Tan, whose creation was worn by Candidate no.2 Febb Flores.
The top 5 candidates were then announced. And, the evening then arrived at the final question and answer portion wherein each remaining finalist was to answer the question “If you could host Pope Francis to dinner, who would be your Cebuano guests and why?”
But before that thrilling portion, Visayan-speaking heartthrob and TV personality Tom Rodriguez also serenaded the candidates with two classical songs.
And here’s Wynonah’s answer to the question “If I were to take Pope Francis for dinner in Cebu, I would bring with me the students of Cebu because our students are the hope of the future and our Pope Francis is the hope of our country. We can then talk about how we can strengthen, unify, and share love and respect, so that we can encourage our citizens to take part and make a change here in our society.”
Wyn is an advocate of the students’ welfare. She embodied the characteristics of a woman who truly cared about the betterment of Cebu and its People. And, this cements her being Miss Cebu.
Along with the title and crown, Wynonah will be receiving P60,000 in cash and will travel to the USA particularly in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as to Korea and Hong Kong.