THE Filipino American Cultural Organization (FACO) of northern San Diego presented to the media last Saturday the 12 candidates for the 2017 Miss Fil-Am and the 2017 Miss Teen Fil-Am at the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort in Carlsbad, California.
The coronation for the dual beauty tilt, according to FACO Chairperson Rein Hanson, is scheduled on August 19 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.
Those vying for the title of Miss Teen Fil-Am are Jaymie Lyn Best (Candidate No. 1), Fiona Baumhogger (Candidate No. 2), Soledad Cielo (Candidate No. 3), Natalie Andrei Barry (Candidate No. 4), Soleil Graham (Candidate No. 5) and Avalynn dela Rosa (Candidate No. 6)
Contesting the 2017 Miss Fil-Am title are Jesamea Batister (Candidate No. 7), Heather Salanga (Candidate No. 8), Tiare Willams (Candidate No. 9), Mariah Grace Fulinara (Candidate No. 10),Carol Cabrera (Candidate No. 11) and Princess Joy dela Pena (Candidate No. 12).
Hanson, who shared the credit with her co-chair Sheila Cabuco Butler, thanked the members of the media that included Steve Marcotte of OsideNews Abner Galino US Asian Post & Weekend Balita, LA, Teodoro Yap with Pol Joaquin Photographer/FilAm Press Club, freelance photographer Tony Garcia, Rodel Borgonia of Asian Journal San Diego and Anne Laguerdier of Pinas.
The beauty pageant hopefuls also presented their talents in dancing and singing and were evaluated by judges Lisa Smith Marie Barnachea and Carnie Encar Banares.
Also given credits for the successful media presentation were Dorothy Mahimer, Belle Limoge, JM Ureta and Zucette Lumabas, FACO correspondence secretary.
The show was hosted by Jun Guzman, who also directed the show.
In her Facebook post, Hanson announced that the social media voting for 2017 Miss and Miss Teen Fil-Am will end at midnight of August 15.
Miss Fil-Am and Miss Teen Fil-Am beauty contest is annual fundraiser to support FACO’s projects for Filipino American youths on the propagation and preservation of Philippine culture, arts and language; and scholarships to deserving Filipino American youths.