23 Jan 2018
- By Lori Lyn C. Lirio – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
NATURE and beauty united in a mini fashion show at T-Galleria’s main entrance on Sunday.
A preview to the Miss Marianas Pageant scheduled for February 24 at the Fiesta Resort & Spa, the eight Miss Marianas candidates took to the catwalk for Fashion by Nature, which highlighted the natural beauty of the islands.
2018 Miss Marianas Contestants Eden Conner, Jaiden McPhetres Santos, Cris Noel Obaldo, Kaysha Aguon Cruz, Leisha Mendiola Deleon Guerrero, Chloe Parrone Salvosa, Maricris Zapanta and Celine Concepcion Cabrera had fun modeling their nature-inspired dresses.
Candidates showcased fashion from nature, including grass skirts partnered with blouses, tube tops made of leaves, head dresses and accessories made of flowers.
“We wanted to promote the pageant theme for this year, which is ‘Enchanted’, celebrating the beauty and enchantment of our local forests, diverse wildlife and the cultural traditions that weave around them,” said Stellar Marianas President Laila Boyer.
Stellar Marianas organized the Fashion by Nature in collaboration with the Commonwealth Council for Art and Culture and Pena House Boutique.
“A huge thank you to T-Galleria for hosting the show, Pena House Boutique for the fabulous outfits we paired for local and natural materials from talented artists, Gloria and Jacob, Irma Scallamera and Cris and Jun Factor, and T-Galleria’s Beauty Team for the training and make up,” she noted.
Miss Marianas Peachy Quitugua and Stellar Marianas Community Events Director Romolo Orsini emceed the Fashion by Nature show, adding glamour and fun to the program.
During the show, Quitugua advised the candidates to “be the best representation of yourself. Be confident and have fun.”
Miss Marianas recounted that when she was preparing for the pageant, she cut her intake of rice and sugar and drank lots of water.
“I will really miss all the support I get. Everything has been memorable to me. I have grown so much as a person,” Quitugua said when asked about the highlights of her reign as Miss. Marianas.
First Lady Diann Torres congratulated the organizers and hosts of the event.
“This is the first public exposure for the ladies. I think this is very good experience for these girls. It is a memory to last a lifetime. Even something small like this, it helps them with confidence and self-esteem,” she said.
The new 2018 Hyundai Elantra from Triple J Motors was also unveiled, creating an exciting buzz for the upcoming pageant.
“We love our longtime community partner, Triple J Motors, for providing the best and most stylish mode of transportation for a very busy queen who will be doing lots of volunteer work during the year,” said Boyer.
“We also had an amazing photo shoot in the lush forests of Ed’s Bonita Park on Saturday, and a super fun Slumber Party at Aqua Resort Club over the weekend—the Contestants are working hard and are closer than ever—we are super excited about the show and what we have in store for you all,” she said.
The 2018 Miss Marianas Pageant Title Sponsors are Marianas Visitors Authority, Triple J Motors, Marianas Variety and Northern Marianas College.
The main sponsors are T-Galleria, IT&E, Tan Holdings, Tan Siu Li Foundation, Iridescent Boutique, Pacifica Insurance, Island Touch, McDonald’s, TRESemme’, Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands, Lady Diann Torres Foundation, Tribe Marianas and Daisuke Yanai Photography.
2018 Miss Marianas Pageant Tickets at $40 apiece are available from any of the 2018 Miss Marianas contestants.
For more information, please visit Stellar Marianas’ Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/stellarmarianas.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101697-miss-marianas-contestants-rock-fashion-by-nature