After weeks of promoting the beauty and charm of her province, one young Filipina will get to wear the Miss Millennial Philippines crown.
The coronation will take place this Saturday, September 30, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The grand finale of Eat Bulaga's anniversary segment is the culmination of the tourism campaign spearheaded by 38 millennials from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The winner will not only get a condominium unit from Bria Homes, a Mitsubishi Montero Sport, and cash prize, but also a special crown fit for a queen.
Eat Bulaga commissioned accessory designers Micki Olaguer and Arnel Papa to create a crown that would best represent a strong, independent, and nurturing young Filipina.
A patriotic ode to Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, the crown design represents the hope, pride and ambition of millennials who dream big and strive to become the best version of themselves.
It will also feature “38” swirl patterns inspired by the initials and anniversary year of Eat Bulaga.
Olaguer, a young jewelry designer, said it was an honor for her design to be part of the anniversary celebration of the longest running noontime variety program in the Philippines.
She said it was challenging at first to come up with a crown that best represents the beauty and ambition of young modern Pinays, but learning the objective and aspiration behind the segment made the project even more special.
"I'm very happy that they are celebrating our generation and giving them opportunities to help their hometowns.
“It makes me proud because it's not just all frills, it's not shallow.
“It's a concrete way of really helping the province through tourism. I'm honored to play a small role in the design."
Olaguer added that aside from coming up with the crown design, she’s grateful for the collaboration with Papa, a well-known international Filipino jewelry designer.
“It's a first for me to design a pageant crown and I'm honored that I somehow got to collaborate with Arnel Papa because I look up to him very much.
“I'm honored that he agreed to produce my design.”
Papa, whose local clients are the who's who of the entertainment and fashion world, made sure to source local products in the execution of Olaguer's design.
He used Philippine gems and mother of pearl for the Miss Millennial crown.
"I'm very happy and privileged that I was tapped to manufacture the crown.
“The Miss Millennial winner is one very lucky lady because this is no ordinary headpiece.
“There’s a lot of thinking behind its design and it took us weeks and a couple of hands to create it."
Both Papa and Olaguer said they are looking forward to the coronation and seeing the first Miss Millennial Philippines winner accomplish big things.
They hope the crown will not only serve as a symbol of beauty, but also a reminder of one’s love for the motherland.
Aside from witnessing the Miss Millennial Philippines 2017 grand finale, loyal dabarkads will also be treated to fun surprises this weekend on Eat Bulaga, which airs starting 11:30 a.m. this Saturday on GMA-7.
Host Ryan Agoncillo and the phenomenal love team Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza travelled from Batanes to Jolo to showcase the beauty and charm of the Philippines.