Two lovely girls from Cebu emerged as this year’s top winners in Little Miss Solane, a heritage pageant that empowers girls to become talented and successful women in the future.
Marydee Manayaga won the Little Miss Solane Cuties title, while Duchess Blythe Uybengkee was named Little Miss Solane Teenies at the national pageant day on May 24 at the SMX Aura Convention Center in Taguig City.
Seven-year old Marydee wowed the audience with her dancing skills and her knowledge in science during the question-and-answer portion, besting 11 others in the Cuties category (six to 10 years old). The first-time pageant contender also won the Naturally Beautiful Face special award, besides being this year’s Little Miss Solane Cuties.
In the Teenies category (11 to 14 years old), 13-year-old aspiring theatre actress Duchess, showed how persistence bears fruit. She joined 2013’s pageant in the Cuties category but did not win the crown. The setback did not dishearten her and she joined anew this year. Besides winning the Little Miss Solane Teenies, Duchess also bagged the Yupangco Music Academy Best in Talent award for her interpretation of the Little Mermaid classic, “Part of Your World.”
As grand winners, Marydee and Duchess each received P50,000 in cash and P50,000-worth of educational scholarships and developmental programs. They also have the privilege of joining Solane activities that include outreach programs, trade shows and other special events where they can further showcase their talents.
Named as first runners up were Steph Netthel Redne Yamut (Cuties) and Ma. Dominique Trillana (Teenies); and Ashley Kate Arindain (Cuties) and Kyla Angelica Marie De Catalina (Teenies) as second runners up.
These winners took home P30,000 and P20,000 cash, respectively.
Special awards also went to cuties Steph Nethel Redne Yamut (Best National Costume, Darling of the Press), Beatrice Bade (Most Elegant in Partywear), Sheena Belarmino (Little Miss Sporty and Healthy, Yupangco Music Academy Best in Talent), Sofia Berry Villanueva (Little Miss Best Friend, Monde MY San Little Miss Intelligence), Angela Marie Gilstrap and mother Michelle (Solane Mom and Daughter of the Year) and Isha Kim Quibal (Champion Fabri-con Child of the Year); and teenies Ma. Christine Mendoza (Little Miss Sporty and Healthy), Alessandra Reanne Rafael and mother Rosamarie (Solane Mom and Daughter of the Year), Ma. Mercy Bacarisas (Most Naturally Beautiful Face, Darling of the Press), Schanelle Ashley Banzon (Champion Fabri-con Teen of the Year), Marielle Jhoy Tubig (Most Elegant in Partywear), Ma. Dominique Trillana (Monde MY San Little Miss Intelligence), and Sharmine Michaela Richards (Best in National Costume, Little Miss Best Friend).
They all received a sash and P5,000 cash prize for their special awards.
“The exposure gained from this pageant will certainly help these young girls become better individuals for their families, friends and their community,” said Isla LPG Corporation CEO Ramon del Rosario. “Little Miss Solane 2014 is an avenue where young misses can meet new friends, learn new things about themselves and more importantly, improve their talents, skills and well-being.”
On its second year, Little Miss Solane is a talent and personality search where young ladies can discover, develop and nurture their potentials at an early age to help them grow into empowered, responsible and successful women in their own right. Unlike other children’s competitions that focus merely on physical attributes, Little Miss Solane 2014 endeavors to enhance talent and potential and build character and personality.