STEPHANIE Joy Abellanida, a beauty from the town of Midsayap in North Cotabato, was crowned Reyna ng Aliwan 2015, one of the highlights of the annual Aliwan Fiesta held in Pasay.
Abellanida took home P100,000 cash prize after winning over the crown from other 20 beauty queens that represented Philippine regional festivals.
She represented Midsayap’s famous Halad Festival.
At the pageant night, Abellanida wore a Leo Almodal red evening gown.
Alexandra Faith Garcia of Dinamulag Mango Festival in Zambales was the first runner-up. The other winners are JaymieLou Pagulayan of Bambanti Festival in Isabela, Vianca Louise Marcelo of the Sinkaban Festival in Malolos, and Gazini Christianan Ganados of the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City.
Abellanida is the Mutya ng North Cotabato Centennial Queen second runner-up.
North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza said the victory of Abellanida stands for the winning beauty of North Cotabato.
“We congratulate Stephanie and the whole province of North Cotabato for yet another win. This only means that we have a lot to be thankful for as we celebrate the beauty of our people and of our dear province because of its rich natural resources and treasures. Truly, we are a blessed province,” she said.
The Tribung Kalivungan of Midsayap Dilangalen National High School in Midsayap — that also represented North Cotabato at the Aliwan Fiesta 2015 — was 5th runner-up in the Dance Parade.
The event was participated in 17 contingents from across the Philippines.
Catbalogan City’s Manaragat Festival was named the champion, bringing home P1 million cash.