Eight from Cebu’s tri-media vie for the Mr. and Ms. Cebu Press Freedom 2019 title
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Eight young Cebuano journalists will vie for the prestigious Mr and Ms Press Freedom titles during the coronation night that will be held later today, September 14, at the Cebu Business Hotel in downtown Cebu City.
Capitol beat reporter Rosalie Abatayo and photographer/videographer Gerard Vincent Francisco will represent Cebu Daily News Digital in the pageant, which is one of the highlights of this year’s Cebu Press Freedom Week celebration.
The tandem will be wearing the creations of award-winning choreographer and designer Lemuel Rosos and pageant shoes and accessories designed by Mark Anthony Tenchavez, the owner of Shandar.
For their opening production, Abatayo and Francisco will be wearing colorful headdresses by Val Sandiego, who is also the choreographer and stage director of the of Binibininng Cebu 2019 and the choreographer for Miss Consolacion 2019.
Other pageant candidates are Preciosa Bacalso and John Kendrick Ceciban of the The Freeman and Banat News, Wenilyn Sabalo and Kenneth Dwight Torres of Sunstar Cebu and Superbalita. The Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster ng Pilipinas (KPB) will be represented by ABS-CBN reporters Donna Lavares and Joworski Alipon.
The candidates will be judged based on the following criteria: wit and intelligence -30 percent, beauty -30 percent, stage presence -20 percent, and overall presence -20 percent.
Winners will receive P10, 000 cash while the runners up will be getting P5, 000 (first runners-up), P3,000 (second runners-up), and P2,000 (third runners-up).
The 2018 winners – Raul Constantine Tabanao of Cebu Daily News and Lorraine Mitzi Ambrad of the Freedom – will also be turning over their respective sash and crown to this year’s winners.
The 2019 pageant sponsors are Cebu Business Hotel, Grab Philippines, Rhodel del Silva, Nars Ochia, Golden Peak Hotel, and PR Works. It is organized by the Cebu Entertainment Group headed by its president Yuri Deldig of GMA Cebu and Banat News.
The Mr and Ms Press Freedom search is a prelude to the Cebu Press Freedom Week celebration that will formally open on Sunday, September 15.
The annual celebration is a gathering of tri-media workers in Cebu to celebrate the freedom of the press. | dcb
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