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Saturday, November 04, 2017

Filipinas' Winwyn Marquez wins Reina Hispanoamericana 2017

Filipinas' Wynwyn Marquez wins Reina Hispanoamericana 2017. Teresita Ssen "Winwyn" Moreno Márquez is a Filipino actress, model, dancer and beauty queen. She was born to actor-politician Joey Márquez and actress-politician Alma Moreno but she went on to carve a name for herself as a dancer, beauty queen and as an actress.
Winwyn's full answer for the interview portion:
Language can be learned, but the will and determination to contribute something to the organization cannot. It has to come from the heart and it has to be natural. I believe that kindness is a universal language -- that if you treat people with tolerance, patience, and love, you will understand each other. Hispanic culture is not about language only. It's about love for God, love for country, love for history and culture, and love for family. As a Filipina with a unique heritage, I am ready to promote the Hispanic culture, not just in Asia, but in the whole world. It is time to celebrate the Hispanic culture. It is meant to be celebrated.
Reina Hispanoamericana (Hispanic American Queen) is an annual beauty pageant celebrating Hispanic heritage, language and culture, started in 1991 as Reina Sudamericana (South American Queen), is based in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Up to 2003 the participants were restricted to the 10 countries in South America; in 2004 participants from Panama and Costa Rica in Central America were invited; and in 2006 participants from Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico & Spain joined. In 2007 Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras & United States were added, and the name changed to Reina Hispanoamericana. In 2008, Curaçao and Haiti were added. Recently, in 2017, the Philippines and Canada joined the competition for the first time. The pageant is organized by Promociones Gloria, based in Bolivia. More than 20 contestants participate every year. -Wikipedia

The Philippines is the only Hispanic country in Asia. The country was also colonized by Spain, and besides some Spanish words, the Philippines retains a lot of the other Spanish cultural influences including cuisines, dances, Catholicism/ Christianity religion and other traditions that mixed with indigenous cultures.
Recognition of Filipinas
Miss Ipanema Girl – Winner
Miss Personality – 1st Runner Up
Miss Silueta Philips (Swimsuit) – Top3
Best in National Costume – Top 3
Miss Deporta (Miss Sport) – Top 5
Best Smile – Top 5
The crown was passed onto Marquez by Columbia’s Maria Camila Soleibe, last year’s Reina Hispanoamericana winner.

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