Another Pinay proved that Filipina beauty is truly deserving of the acclaim and recognition in the global pageant scene.
Today, November 5, 2017, marks another milestone in local pageant history after Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez bagged the Philippines’ first-ever Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 crown.
The coronation night was held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Prior to the announcement of winners, here are the GMA actress’s five crown-worthy moments that made a significant impact and contributed immensely to her being hailed as the first-ever Pinay Reina Hispanoamericana beauty queen.
1. Who would ever forget Winwyn’s “kabogerang” dance number in El Mañanero – RedUno, a Bolivian TV show?
This clip elicited “Uwian na, may nanalo na” comments from netizens and keen pageant watchers.
2. She was featured at least four times in different Latin newspapers and was even referred as the “La Reina De Asia” or “The Queen of Asia.”
According to the Latin publication En Portada, the 25-year-old morena beauty is the most deserving candidate to win the crown as she possesses both “beauty and brains.”
Winwyn also headlined a Bolivian newspaper together with Miss Australia.
3. Sans the crown, the daughter of Alma Moreno and Joey Marquez already won big time with these special awards: Miss Ipanema special award, Miss Personalidad Udabol 1st Runner-Up, third place at the Miss Silueta Philips (Swimsuit) competition, Best in National Costume competition 3rd place, top 5 finalist for Miss Deporta (Miss Sport), Best Smile contest fifth place.
4. Aside from making Filipinos proud, she also won the hearts of her pageant sisters.
Meet her pageant bestie, Miss Australia Sara Salmeron.
In one of her Instagram posts, the Pinay pride wrote, “Ms. Australia gave so much positivity that she made me smile all throughout our shoot and sinugurado niya na magiging warm ako agad..in the end deadma na ako sa lamig dahil inenjoy ko nalang kahit super hirap gumalaw [heart emoji] i’m her joey.”
5. And definitely the last, but never the least, was her shining moment during the Question and Answer segment.
She was asked, "How would you promote Hispanic-American culture with the great difficulty or barrier of language?”
Through the help of her interpreter, the Philippine bet showed off her wit in her winning answer.
She said, "Language can be learned. But the will and determination to contribute something to the organization cannot.
"It has to come from the heart and it has to be natural.
"I believe that kindness is the universal language. If you treat people with tolerance, patience and love, you will understand each other.
"The Hispanic culture is not about language only. It is about love for God, love for country, love for history and culture, and love for family.
"And as a Filipina with a unique heritage, I have instilled that. I am ready to promote the Hispanic culture not just in Asia but in the whole world.
"It is time to celebrate the Hispanic culture.
“It is meant to be celebrated. Gracias."