It was a highly anticipated Miss Silka Philippines 2014 as far as Your Blogger and many Boholanos are concerned. You see, a heavy media onslaught was unleashed for Silka & its pageant by the Bohol- based event organizers.
Proof of the pudding? Our very own Marian Grace Bantol Malubay garnered 10,000 Likes in a matter of hours as Bohol responded to her call for support.
She would have won the award as she had a comfortable lead over the next- ranked candidate going into the last seconds before the deadline of 12 midnight November 8. (We based it on the original guidelines sent by the organizers regarding the duration of the voting: From 12 noon of December 7 and ends at 12 midnight November 8.)
Apparently, there was a last- minute extension of the deadline that was extended to 12 noon of November 9 and extended again to 3 pm of the same day.
Even the name of the award kept changing too. From Miss Popularity to People’s Choice to Social Media Favorite.
SILKY SMOOTH STUNNER
Kathreen Grace Ahorro from faraway Puerto Princesa, Palawan was named Miss Silka Philippines 2014.
Her court included 1st RU Miss Cebu, 2nd RU Miss Zambales & 3rd RU Miss Quezon.
Beauties from Bacolod, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Cavite, Bulacan & Metro Manila rounded out the Top Ten.
None of the girls from Mindanao including the two standouts from Davao advanced to the Top Ten.
An early favorite was Miss Quezon who snagged the Best in Casual Wear & Best in Swimwear awards but faltered a bit in the Q & A
Miss Bicolandia who earlier was named Miss Talent didn’t make the next round.
The composition of the Top Ten and eventual results made me realize that the pageant was on the lookout for a girl who was already white as their brand ambassador. This is not the pageant for the morena girls who became fairer after using the products.
Bohol and the other provinces should now be on the lookout for the prototype that they are searching for.
Don’t worry Marian for you did a splendid job. We believed we sent the right girl but as in any contest, there would be other girls who simply stand out. Marian is destined for other things. She may not have made it but she won the hearts of many.