Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar proudly staged a night full of glitz and glamour with its quest for a new queen last May 28, 2019, at its heritage collection houses in Bagac, Bataan.
Headed by Dr. Jerome Navarro of Recamadecos de los Santos Imagenes de Pulilan, an exhibit titled Ang Debosyon Kay Maria featuring 35 of most- sought after Marian pieces which came all the way from Pulilan, Province of Bulacan welcomed the guests before dawn at the Hotel de Oriente.
It was then followed by the night’s main event Lakambini ng Las Casas, a local beauty pageant, now on its second year that aims to pay homage to the fabled Carnival Queen pageant. Said historical beauty competition unconsciously sparked a beauty tradition that would last for more than three decades paving the way as to how modern-day beauty pageants in the Philippines are held.
“Living up to the mission of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, we are dedicated to bringing the best of Filipino heritage and culture back to the consciousness of the modern world. Among our efforts is reviving the glory and pride of Manila Carnival Queens which greatly played a role in the Philippine history of local pageantry,” said Erwin Dona, Director of Marketing of Las Casas.
Nineteen-year-old Lakambini ng Balanga Trisha Martinez was a stunner in her Ferdinand Sayo gown as she was crowned Lakambini ng Las Casas 2018. Barely new to pageantry, she admitted that the numerous challenges in the competition made her win even sweeter.
Asked whether she sees herself joining national pageants, Martinez was quick to answer that she’d want to stay committed in pursuing her academics. The 5”8 mestiza beauty is currently in her sophomore year of Doctor of Medicine at the University of the East-Manila.
New San Jose Builders Affiliates President MJ Yamomo and Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry both agree that Martinez is a total package. Yamomo explained, “From the looks to her beautiful gown and to her being an advocate for women, of course I think she deserves it.”
Henry added, “I think what she has is really the stage presence, the form the moment she went out in the production number, she already caught our eye.”
Eighteen-year-old Mariveles representative Christine Torres finished as Reina del Oriente. Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Bagac native Alyssa Nojadera got the Reina Occidente title.
Of course, special awards – Lakambini NLEX (Miss Congeniality) Alyssa Nojadera, Lakambini Fotographia (Miss Photogenic) and Lakambini Ruel Rivera (Best in Long Gown) Martinez, and Lakambini Victoria Skin Care Clinic (Best in Swimsuit) Torres – won’t go unnoticed as winners will receive sponsors’ gifts, sash, and certification.
Completing the impressive lineup of this year’s board of judges were notable personalities including Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry, Honarary Consul for the Republic of Angola Helen Ong, ABS-CBN News Anchor Ambet Nabus, Bataan Peninsula Tourism Council Foundation Inc. Board of Trustee Racquel Francis Garcia, Ms. Earth Philippines – Air 2017 Kim de Guzman, Region 3 Supervising Tourism Officer Criselle May S. Yambao, Ms. World Philippines General Manager Bessie Besana, New San Jose Builders Affiliates President MJ Yamomo, NCCA Sub-Commission on the Arts and Cinema Chairman Teddy Co, and Fashion Designer Association of the Philippines president Gil Gardana.
This event wouldn’t be possible without the continuous support of our sponsors namely NLEX, Jewelmer, Kagitingan Project, Fotographia, Victoria Skin Care Clinic, and Haute Couture fashion designer Ruel Rivera and Crossover 105.1 Manila.
The following day, May 29, newly-hailed queens Lakambini ng Las Casas (grand winner), Lakambini Reina del Oriental (first runner-up), and Lakambini Reina del Occidental (second runner-up), along with the other candidates, participated in the festivities of Grand Santacruzan as Reyna Elena, Reyna Emperatriz, and Reyna de las Flores respectively.
The three well-dressed lovely queens played stars in the traditional sunduan drama where they were escorted by a marching band from different casas. At Casa Candaba, Reyna de las Flores, Reyna Emperatriz, and Reyna Elena gave the cross to the Hermano Mayor, Mr. Amor Salud. This day was also celebrated with a mass and a grand parade that finished with a two-minute fireworks display at the Hotel de Oriente.
About Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar:
Home to Jose Acuzar’s collection of restored Spanish-Filipino houses, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar showcases the best of Filipino heritage and culture.
Each casa comes from an elite and notable accesoria that has its own story to tell. Marvel at the unique Filipino craftsmanship used in the restoration of each house through an interactive heritage tour.
The only property in the Philippines to be part of Historic Hotels Worldwide, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar serves as a bridge between the rich history of the Spanish colonial era and the contemporary luxury and comfort of a modern hotel.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is part of the Conde Nast Johansens Luxury Global Collection and Peninsula Hotel’s Pencities Luxe Guide. This Bagac Bataan beach resort is also the Asia Awards of Excellence winner for Asia’s most excellent destination for 2017 and is a project of the New San Jose Builders, Inc. in consultancy with Asian Grand Legacy Hotels.