Little Miss Hablon 2017 Hilary Oba (center) with 1st runner up Kyla Joy Netura and 2nd runner up Roxene Madrid
What a better way in promoting the preservation and production of hablon, a heritage fabric endemic in Miag-ao, Iloilo, than holding the yearly Little Miss Hablon? This year’s staging of the personality contest was no exception. Well, why not? After all, it is the brainchild of Mayor MAC NAPULAN, Vice Mayor LEONARDO NALDOZA, members of the Sangguniang Bayan and international haute couturier NONO PALMOS.
Nine young misses competed in Production Number, Street Wear Parade, Cocktail Wear Competition, Talent Presentation, Evening Gown Portion and Q&A.
HILARY OBA of Baybay Norte was adjudged the grand winner after bagging the Best in Talent, Best in Evening Gown and Best in Runway awards. Coming close second was KYLA JOY NETURA of Valencia Elementary School with Best in Street Wear, Best Cocktail Wear and Most Photogenic awards. Second runner up and Best in Americana Las Vegas and Little Miss Earth Friendly awardee ROXENE MADRID of Guibongan-Igtuba Elementary School completed the royal court.
Mayor Mac Napulan of Miag-ao, Iloilo; and judges: Joe Marie Agriam, Tweety Tupas-Balleza, Joaquin Tirol Cocjin, Dolly Chua and Jekka Prudente
Recipients of other minor and special awards included JULIA AIKO AÑASCO of Miag-ao Central Elementary School (Best in Interview and Weaver’s Choice Award), JOE ANN ROSS MOLLENIDO of Guibongan-Igtuba Elementary School (People Choice Award), ALEXZA REIN LINDERO of Malagyan Elementary School (Miss Charity), JENNELLE JENINE ERCILLA of Aguiuan Elementary School (Little Miss B Salon), MARY PAULINE JOAN NARTE of KISFI (Little Miss Punctuality) and FRANCES CLAIRE ROQUE (Miss Congeniality).
Cream Magazine publisher JOE MARIE AGRIAM led the board of judges that comprised of Barotac Viejo Second Lady TWEETY TUPAS-BALLEZA, Rotary Club of Iloilo South President JOAQUIN TIROL COCJIN, Woman of Style 2016 awardee DOLLY CHUA and Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2017 JEKKA PRUDENTE. They had the difficult task of choosing the winners.
Prime movers of the pageant were MA. LUNA NEMIADA TESORO, ANNABEL AVANCEÑA (production in charge) and JACON MOMVILLE (show director). (Photos provided by Discover Miag-ao)
The Little Miss Hablon 2017 candidates in Americana Las Vegas costumes in the Production Number