Winners of the first Binibining Cebu (from left): 2nd runner up Kathleen Lendio (Danao), Bb. Cebu Tourism Samantha Lo (Asturias), Bb. Cebu Apriel Smith (Badian), Bb. Cebu Charity Maria Gigante (Bantayan), and 1st runner up Ingrid Gerodias (Minglanilla) (Photo by ARMIN P. ADINA / Philippine Daily Inquirer)
College student crowned as first Binibining Cebu on her birthday
CEBU CITY — A student from the University of San Carlos got a special gift for her birthday when she was proclaimed the winner of the inaugural edition of the Binibining Cebu pageant staged at the Waterfront Hotels and Casino here on Saturday night.
Apriel Smith of Badian, who turned 22 when the contest ended early Sunday morning, bested 53 other representatives from the towns and cities of Cebu province.
She also took home P500,000.
Two more queens were crowned in the ceremonies hosted by the father-and-son duo of Edu and Luis Manzano.
Samantha Lo of Asturias was proclaimed Binibining Cebu Tourism, while Maria Gigante of Bantayan was hailed as Binibining Cebu Charity.
Rounding off the court were Ingrid Gerodias of Mingladilla and Kathleen Lendio of Danao, who finished first and second runners up, respectively.
The Binibining Cebu pageant was presented by the Bb. Sugbu Charity Foundation Inc., in cooperation with the Sacred Heart School for Boys Batch 1985 Foundation Inc.
World-renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue designed the stage, while fashion designer Cary Santiago designed the evening gowns and the crowns. Both of them are pillars in the Cebu art and fashion scene.
Former ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio chaired the panel of judges, which also included reigning Miss Earth Katherine Espin from Ecuador and Miss Asia Pacific International President Jacqueline Tan-Sainz.
Kapamilya star James Reid also came to perform a musical number.
The winner will serve as an “ambassadress of Cebu” who exemplifies the modern Cebuana. /atm