LINGAYEN --- Eimee Flor Romero made her grandfather proud, a war veteran during World War II, for winning the Limgas ya Kawayangan ed Pangasinan 2009 in a glittering pageant night last January 5 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) gym.
Romero, 17 years old and a B.S. Tourism student from the University of Luzon, impressed the judges with her wit as she answered the question on how has the life of her veteran grandparent affected her as a person.
She said that her grandfather made her feel so blessed and that she was proud to be a granddaughter of a war veteran who fought gallantly in pursuit of freedom during World War II.
“And as a proud youth and a proud Pangasinense, it is my obligation to share and pass this information to all the future generations,” Romero said with grace and candor which drew cheers and applause from the audience.
Standing tall at 5 feet, 7 inches, Romero walked on stage gracefully and elegantly with her indigenous long gown which won her the Best in Filipiniana Attire.
The first runner-up spot went to Braphine Sheen Palisoc, 17 year old and BS Nursing student of Pangasinan State University (PSU)-Bayambang.
Ily Chua of Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, 18 year old and BS Nursing student bagged the second runner-up. Chua was also awarded the Best in Swimsuit attire.
The special award for Darling of the Press went to 18 year old, BS Legal Management student from San Beda College, Ghada Bongcawil, who captured the attention of the media practitioners with her charm, sweet smile and intelligence during the press presentation on January 5 at the Capitol Resort Hotel in Lingayen.
The Limgas na Kawayangan ed Pangasinan 2009 is a new approach of the provincial government in reliving and honoring the heroism of the war veterans through their 13 granddaughters who competed for the coveted title.
Romero was crowned by Pangasinan’s first lady Mdm. Prescilla I. Espino; Dr. Maricris Realubin Ubalde, Pangasinan Ms. Liberation 1995 and Dagupan City Mayor Alipio Fernandez during the grand coronation night at Capitol Plaza last January 9. (PIO/Ninia F. Nicolas)