Page Maker: Zedrick Señeres

Photos by: Antonio Lara Sr.  and Ilap

THE grand coronation night of the 2018 Iloilo festival Queen & Hiyas sg Iloilo exploded in a festive pageantry last Jan 24, 2018 at the Fountain Area of Robinson Place Iloilo.

Bagging the most coveted crown as 2018 Iloilo Festival Queen was the statuesque stunner SHARMIE SOLOCIO, 17, of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime Academy.

Solocio also won the Best in Swimsuit and Miss Talent citations.

LIEZEL GRACE CALEZE, 21, of West Visayas State University won the 2018 Hiyas Sang Iloilo crown.

The 1st runner-up was CARRIES MAE LAPATIS (Best in Gown and Bin Cocktail dress winner), a 16-year-old coed of University of Iloilo-PhinMa.

The 2nd runner-up is MA. JANNIEL BAÑARES (Miss Photogenic), 17, of Guimbal National High School and the 3rd runner-up is ROZL ANNE DESCARTIN, 16, of the Western Institute of Technology.

Other candidates who did not make it to the top five but took home other special wards are THEA MAE TABARES (Best in Festival Costume and best in Production Number) of University of San Agustin and ANA VANESSA EMBOLTORIO (Miss Friendship) of Western Institute of Technology.

The pageant excited the audience as the candidates performed a scintillating Spanish dance Production Number. They also paraded swimsuits created by Ariel Doronila and gowns by Alfie Desamparado.

2018 Golden Dinagyang Harmano Mayor Judgee Lopez Peña and Hermana Mayora Sarah Peña crowned the winners.

Iloilo Festival Queen and Hiyas sang Iloilo is organized by the Señor Sto. Niño Festival Queen Inc. headed by topnotch terpsichorean Eddie Juatas and Your Pagemaker.



MISS Dinagyang 2018 winner Miss Demi Patria Reyes Jainga is one lucky lady.

For the first time in history of the pageant, she wore the crown designed by Regine Amparo Sarabia Espinosa of Sarabia Jewelry.

The Baybay Floating crown was specially created and set with multi-faceted gems and crystals on shiny buffed silver and gold metals, inspired by the waters surrounding Iloilo.

But the special stone that the crown featured is the Intaglio design inspired with the craved Iloilo’s very own Lin-Ay (Lady of Iloilo), the lady found on top of the dome of the City Hall.

“The crown is a traditional symbolic form of headwear representing royalty. It symbolized power, legitimacy, honor, triumph, victory and glory during the old times. And often, they are adorned with jewels, the best that one can find. Today, they are still worn by royalty. The crowns worn in beauty pageants however, symbolize the winner, the beauty Queen. International beauty pageants have had several jewelry sponsors for their crowns,” said Regine Amparo Espinosa.

Regine is the third generation of Sarabia women and the master designer and metal smith for Sarabia Jewelry.

She studied and trained as a metal smith at The Alchemia School of Contemporary Jewelry in Florence, Italy and brought back the idea and operations of a jewelry guild to promote artisanal and handcrafted products that are closely linked to the culture and history of Iloilo.

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