One of the 15 ladies vying for the much coveted Miss Bacolod MassKara 2023 will be crowned tonight, October 16, 2023 ( Monday) in the Grand Finals of the annual beauty pageant at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum.
Actor and model, Marco Gumabao will share centerstage with actress and influencer, Janeena Chan in hosting the coronation night while actor and musician Carlo Aquino will serenade the ladies.
Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2009 and actress Bianca Manalo will be one of the Board of the Judges which will be chaired this year by Interior Local Government Undersecretary, Margarita Guiterrez, who is also the president of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP).
The 15 candidates who will be competing are Georgette Ysabelle Millan, Therese Pira-an, Tracy Mae Sunio, Marianel Tan, Geralyn Joy Basto, Allona Nejar, Jada Biaxyl Celeste, Janine Cabrillos, Cailah Jhane Delarma, Elli Rose Elola, Rose Mariel Sansing, Kyle Santillan, Ma. Ericka Panganiban, Crizwin Claire Española, and Yvonne Catamco.
Winners for the Best in Talent and Best in Festival Costume will also be named tonight, along with special awards for Best in Long Gown Competition and Best in Swim Wear.
The Miss Bacolod MassKara 2023 will bring home P150,000 in cash while runners-up will romp off with P100,000 and P80,000 for second and third places respectively.
Each candidate was given an P80,000 cash subsidy by the Bacolod Yuhum Foundation after besting more than 70 ladies who auditioned for this year’s beauty pageant.
The candidates went through a series of workshops and mentoring which included Miss Bacolod MassKara International, Jan Marie Bordon along with other beauty queens, Billie Hakenson, runner-up in the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 and Riana Pangindian,1st Princess in the Miss World Philippines 2021 pageant.
Yeoh Egwaras also taught them Basic Modeling with Pipo Gonzales handling the Q&A Workshop, Personality Development & Wardrobe and Styling with Mikee Andrei, all of Aces and Queens, the company that has produced many beauty titlists in our country.
Their handlers and makeup artists also went through a Masterclass with Raymond Galang, the head makeup artist of Aces and Queens and Jim Ryan Ros, hair stylist of Aces and Queens and owner of Culture Salon Manila.