A 21-YEAR-OLD registered nurse who hopes to promote medical tourism won the Miss Cebu 2010 crown at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino last night.
For the final question– “In light of the challenges the Philippines is facing today, what is the social responsibility of a beauty queen?”–Reena Elena Malinao, a graduate of Cebu Normal University (CNU), answered, “She should be a woman with substance and moral. But best of all, her responsibility is to stand for what she thinks. A beauty queen symbolizes femininity.”
Joining the competition to learn and uphold Cebu’s rich heritage and culture, Malinao admitted that she did not expect to win.
“I feel so blessed,” she said, amidst a throng of well-wishers and supporters.
She said that her win was for her family, who supported her throughout the competition.
“I came into the competition with a positive attitude,” she shared.
As the newly crowned Miss Cebu, Malinao said that she will be working with the Cebu City Task Force on Street Children.
“Since I am a registered nurse, I want to help the medical tourism industry grow in the city,” she also said.
Malinao went home with a P50,000 cash prize and trips to the United States and other travel destinations, among others.
First runner-up is Ma. Gresa Lugo, 20, a BS Management Accounting student of the University of San Carlos (USC), while the second runner-up is Maria Eliza Zosa, 21, a nursing student of CNU.(more)