As part of the city government’s celebration of Pistang Balangueno, the loveliness of the city’s hardworking mothers was showcased in the evening of April 24 at Plaza Mayor.
Ten candidates from different barangays of Balanga City eyed this year’s Ginang Balangueña crown. These women, the pride of their barangay, gave judges Mrs. Ma. Liza A. Vasquez, Mrs. Maricel S. Galura, and Mrs. Mercy B. Gonzales, a difficult time.
The best among the rest was chosen, with five categories to show their glamor. Normy M. Teopengco of Barangay Ibayo was awarded Best in Casual Wear and Long Gown. Robilyn Hipolito of Barangay Tortugas bagged the award for Best in Talent, while Mrs. Ederlyn Eunice T. Parrera, was awarded Best in Sports Wear.
Mrs. Mary Anne Diwa of Cataning also received a special award for being the “Darling of the Crowd” and “Ginang Natasha.” Mrs. Reycelyn D. Senera of Sibacan was hailed “Ginang Food Crafts” and Normie Teopengco of Ibayo was awarded “Mrs. One Coin.”
The crowd’s excitement heightened when the final five candidates emerged after the question-and-answer portion. The candidates of Sibacan, San Jose, Puerto Rivas Ibaba, Tortugas, and Ibayo were randomly called. Scores were reset to “zero” for the final five candidates. Another set of questions was asked to test the capabilities of each candidate. They were also given their final walk on stage with their stunning gowns.
Finally, Normy M. Teopengco won the crown while Ederlyn Eunice T. Parrera was first runner-up. Robilyn Hipolito, Mylene P. Desales, and Reycelyn D. Senera respectively won as second, third, and fourth runner-ups.
In his message, Coun. Benigno Meriño stressed gender equality and the vital role of women in our society. Meriño further explained that more than their roles in pageants, women should be seen as respectable individuals. City department heads were also present to show their support for the event.
At the end of the pageant, City Tourism Officer Lolita Del Rosario called on Balangueños to help the city government promote Balanga. “Let’s improve and develop the things we have in the city. Let’s not waste it. Instead, let’s flourish and enrich our resources,” Del Rosario emphasized.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office headed by Ms. Gloria Abejar co-organized Ginang Balangueña with the City Tourism Office. |Cyrus dela Cruz