Newly-crowned Ms. Lanao del Norte Diana Therese Mejorada (3rd from the right) is surrounded by other winners of the annual search. Also in the photo is Mikael Daez (leftmost), Venus Raj (2nd from the left) and Governor Khalid Dimaporo (4th from the right).
Tubod, Lanao del Norte – This year’s Ms. Lanao del Norte is a registered nurse assigned at the Operating Room of the Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital in Iligan City. She is 24-old Diana Therese B. Mejorada representing the coastal town of Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND).
Mejorada bested 9 other candidates representing different towns of Lanao del Norte before she was crowned as Miss Lanao del Norte 2015.
“I am very thankful to all those who supported me since the start of this pageant until today. To my parents, to Mayor Ulwan Dimaporo, to the officials of SND, to Governor Khalid Dimaporo, and to the Provincial Tourism Office led by Ma’am Minda Regis, I will forever be grateful for all your love and support”, expressed Mejorada.
As Miss Lanao del Norte, Mejorada received Fifty Thousand (P50,000) pesos as cash prize, a Dream Satellite cable connnection with one-month free subscription, and trophy.
Other winners of the pageant include Beauty Rose Gandarosa of Magsaysay town (1st Runner-up), Elmarie Quiñones of Kolambugan (2nd Runner-up), Razelyn M. Estrella of Tubod (3rd Runner-up), and Ira May V. Denoyo of Lala (4th Runner-up).
“I am thankful to Governor Khalid Dimaporo for his full support to our annual search, to Jun Carpio our Pageant Director, to all the parents of the candidates, to all the make-up artists, to all the provincial employees, and to all our event sponsors who in one way or another contributed much to the success of the pageant – Thank you very much”, said Tourism Head Minda Regis.
Special awards were also given to Diana There Mejorada (Best in Muslim Inspired Gown), Elmarie Quiñones (Best in Swim Wear, Miss Photogenic), Razelyn Estrella (Best in Cocktail Attire), Beauty Rose M. Gandarosa (Best in Tribal Attire, Miss Telegenic), Allene Devine D. Pepito (Best in Production Number), Happy Reluya (Miss Congeniality), Rachelle Ann M. Bagaloyos (Darling of the Press), and Danielle Dale Danganan (Best in Festival Attire, People’s Choice award).
The People’s Choice award was also declared as Miss MegaMitch and received a gift certificate for a two-day stay at Apple Tree Beach Resort in Cagayan de Oro City plus P1,000 pocket money.
The annual search of Ms. Lanao del Norte is one of the highlights of Tourism Day celebrated every July 2 as part of the week-long celebration of Lanao del Norte’s Charter Day celebration. VNL/PIO-LDN