The city of Manila capped its week-long celebration of 445th Araw ng Maynila with the coronation on Friday night of the winners in the Miss Manila 2016 beauty pageant.
Crowned Miss Manila was Cristelle Tolentino, 22, a cum laude graduate of Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Santo Tomas. She also won the Miss Photogenic and Best in Evening Gown awards.
Tolentino won P500,000 in cash and another P500,000 worth of contract with Viva Films and Entertainment
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, in his welcome remarks, said his mother, Mary, was the first Carnival Queen of Manila in 1925. There was no Miss Philippines or Binibining Pilipinas or Miss Manila yet at that time.
Estrada said the Miss Manila project, now on its third year, is not just a beauty pageant but an event aimed to raise funds for MARE Foundation for its medical missions and other charitable and socio-civic projects, with poor residents of Manila as priority beneficiaries.
MARE Foundation is headed by former First Lady Loi Ejercito.
First runner up is Mercegrace Raquel who also won Best in Swimsuit. Raquel received P350,000 cash prize.
Second runner up Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan was the crowd’s favorite, winning Darling of the Press, Most Radiant Skin and Most Fashion Forward. She won P250,000 cash.
Third runner up was Kristel Guelos while fourth runner up was Joanna Marie Rabe.
Meanwhile, the best residents and taxpayers of Manila were honored at the Manila Hotel on Thursday.
The Gat Andres Bonifacio Award was given posthumously to former Senate President Ernesto Maceda. It was received by his widow, Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and their sons, Ernesto Jr. and Rep. Edward Maceda.
The other awardees were Filomeno Codinera Jr., Dr. Paolo Campos, Joel Rico, Mike Enriquez, Angel Ngu, Trixie Maristela, Dr. George Samson, Angelia Ong, former Manila Mayors Gemiliano Lopez Jr. and Antonio Villegas.
The city government also honored its outstanding employees and those who have served City Hall for 20, 30 and 40 years.