2ndRunner-Up Queenie R. Estaniel, Pasalamat Festival Queen 2017 Claudette B. Del Castillo and 1st Runner- Up Kennyveb A. Casabuena; judges: (clockwise from center) Miss Philippines Earth Fire Fatima Alswoyed, actor/chef Jose Sarasola, former beauty queen/businesswoman Gloria Tumulak, actress lara Morena and yours truly; the night’s special guests: actor/singer/dancer Derrick Monasterio and TV, film and stage actress/singer Kim Molina; and pageant hosts: television host, newscaster and commentator Paolo Bediones and MMDA Spokesperson and Miss Philippines-Earth finalist Celine Pialago.
Rightfully so, the Pasalamat Festival Queen 2017 Pageant highlighted the week-long celebration of this year’s Pasalamat Festival of La Carlota City, Negros Occidental! The city’s residents gathered at the plaza fronting the La Carlota City Hall. They were joined by crowds from neighboring municipalities and even from Bacolod City! They all cheered and applauded their bets, and screamed and shrieked at their favorite artistas!
Best Festival Costume Design: worn by Lourdes Jane Panulde and designed by Richard Rojo; Best in Festival Costume and Best in Swimsuit: Queenie R. Estaniel; and Gerelyn C. Poblete(Miss Central Azucarera de La Carlota Incorporada and Miss Roxol Bio-Energy Corporation), Lourdes Jane Panulde (Miss Magnolia) and Queenie R. Estaniel (Miss Emperador Light, Miss Du Ek Sam La Carlota and Miss Amazing Personal Collection).
Chinita beauty CLAUDETTE B. del CASTILLO took the nod of the judges – Miss Philippines Earth Fire FATIMA ALSOWYED, former beauty queen/businesswoman GLORIA TUMULAK, actress LARA MORENA, chef/actor JOSE SARASOLA and yours truly — and was crowned Pasalamat Festival Queen 2017 in an action-packed, fast-paced, well-staged show. She bested 16 other candidates, who represented and were sponsored by their respective barangays or interest groups.
Miss Natasha 2017 Eva Mae Gimay and Miss Natasha Beauty 2017 Gerelyn C. Poblete; Miss Friendship Lourdes Jane Panulde, Miss Photogenic Queenie R. Estaniel and Best in Evening Gown Anna Grace M. Grashuis; Dennise Kerstein P. Gustilo (Miss MG Mart’s Choice), Rona Marie Canciano (Miss Prince Ambassadress), Lourdes Jane Panulde (Miss Frienship), Anna Grace Grashuis (Best in Evening Gown), Queenie R. Estaniel (Miss 2GO Travel) and Evelyn Gallosa (Miss Desmond); and Pasalamat Festival QUEEN 2016- Roselyn Corilla.
Coming close second was KENNYVEB A. CASABUENA. QUEENIE R. ESTANIEL, who took home the most special and corporate awards — Best in Festival Costume, Best in Swimsuit, Miss Photogenic, Miss Emperador Light, Miss Du Ek Sam La Carlota, Miss Amazing Personal Collection and Miss 2GO Travel, was adjudged 2nd runner up.
Now on its 38th year, Pasalamat Festival celebrates good harvest, productivity and gratitude! (Photos by Jervy Advincula and CDIO- La Carlota)