A neophyte and a seeded competitor bags separate crowns in Miss Cosmos tilt

By Abner Galino

The title winners and special awardees in the just concluded Miss Teen Cosmos California and Miss Cosmos California 2018. Photo © Tony Garcia

A 14-year-old first timer won as Miss Teen Cosmos California while a stunning 2nd runner up placer in a recent major Los Angeles beauty tilt was crowned Miss Cosmos California 2018.

“I really didn’t expect this,” said Rinoa Felix while still on stage for pictorials shortly after last Sunday’s competition ended.

Rinoa got the judges’ nods apparently for her outstanding reply during the question and answer portion. She seems to have impressed the judges and as well as most of the audience with her lengthy and on point opinion about cyber bullying.

The teener’s grandmother, former journalism teacher Elizabeth Zaide, said she was so happy she went along when her granddaughter asked her to let her join the competition.

Gusto lang talaga naming pagbigyan ‘yung kagustuhan ng bata,” Zaide recalled.

Krystal Fernandez became the first ever Miss Cosmos California for bringing into the competition the polished movements and the confidence that she has acquired from previous competitions. She was also in disbelief when she realized that she won the crown over 1st runner up Allie Borman.

The two ladies were together at the center of the stage during the announcement.

Krystal was also picked as Miss Photogenic.

Miss Teen Cosmos California Rinoa Felix and Miss Cosmos California Krystal Fernandez. Photo © Tony Garcia

The other ladies who also went home with titles and special awards were Desiree Rearte (2nd runner up), Jonalyn Nauta (Miss Cosmos Tourism and Best in gown), Linda Sanchez (Miss Cosmos Latina), Syelle Jom (Best in talent) and Maria Stefani Robles (Best in swimsuit).

In the teen division, the other winners were Amanda Hanson (1st runner up, Best in swimsuit, Best in talent), Maria Robles (2nd runner up) and Brianna Rearte (Miss Teen Cosmos Tourism, Miss Photogenic, Best in gown).

The show was amply adorned by Miss Utah Krista Kleiner, honorary Miss Teen Cosmos 2017 Nathalie Andrei Barry and honorary Miss Cosmos 2017 Allana Marie Miclat Alonzo.

Musical performances were rendered by former Earth Wind and Fire vocalist Sheldon Reynolds, folk singer Matt Commerce and Jeanelle Serquina.

The entire production was jointly put up by JR. Guzman, JM Ureta, Joseph Obligacion and DJ Aljess Bernardo.

Rein Hanson, the show’s producer, expressed elation over the success of the competition that culminated at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.

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