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The “Luwalhati” winners of the 37th Flores de Mayo 2016

The “Luwalhati” winners of the 37th Flores de Mayo 2016
By JAY PATAO
Photos by Edmund Chua

THE 37th annual staging of the Flores de Mayo, organized by Congregacion del Santisimo Nombre del Niño Jesus in partnership with SM Mall of Asia and Unilever Philippines, was held at MOA’s Music Hall last May 1, ushering in the merry month of beauties and blooms that pays homage to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Directed by Ogee Atos and participated in by 30 members of the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines, this year’s traditional event that traces its roots to the Spanish colonial era was themed “Luwalhati” in reference to the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
The beauteous sagalas, mostly beauty queens and models, were escorted by handsome young gents in their dapper best, and wore the exquisitely crafted Filipiniana ensembles. The lovely pairs paraded around the MOA grounds before they offered long-stemmed roses before an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Four ladies who did justice to the glorious works of art were selected as this year’s winners by a distinguished panel of judges that included Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez, art patrons Danny Dolor and Al Tengco, journalist Rene Vizquera and renowned designers Noli Hans and Albert Andrada.
Named as “Rosa Mistica” was Joyce Ann Ricio who wore an elaborate ensemble in yellow from the halo-crown down to the full skirt by Rholand Roxas.
The title of “Reina de las Flores” went to Miss World Peace-Philippines 2015 Jeslyn Santos who wore a grandiose white-and-gold creation by Louis Pangilinan, effortlessly navigating the stage and the MOA grounds with the costume’s 6-meter train.
The “La Flor de Manila” title went to reigning Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International Leren Mae Bautista who wore an elegant red-orange creation by Chico Estiva.
Rounding up the winners circle was Miss Earth Air 2012 Stephany Stefanowitz who wowed the crowd in a deep red terno by Vince Sityar; she was given the special title “Magandang Pilipina.”
Guest finale entry was Asia’s Fashion Ambassador Renee Salud whose white-and-gold empire-cut terno with a mint green train was worn by Bb. Pilipinas-International 2014 Bianca Guidotti.






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