Filipinos are known for our obsession with pageantry, which explains why beauty pageants are a dime a dozen in the Philippines—and ICYDK, yet another one was held this month in Negros Oriental. But mind you, this one’s unlike your usual competition.
Titled #NoFilter: The Search for Negrosanon Queen 2021, it featured all 25 contestants who had to compete in the pageant with no makeup on. Yup, you heard that right! The province set out to find themselves their first-ever au naturale, barefaced beauty queen. “We are giving you a one of a kind and unique online pageant that celebrates the true beauty of a Negrosanon lady that is raw, authentic, and unfiltered,” wrote the Negrosanon Palanggaon Facebook group, which acted as the contest’s official online platform.
Staying true to the pageant’s vision, the participating Negrosanon Queens also took their official portraits with zero makeup in sight. It’s safe to say, they’re all still positively glowing!
Check out the shots below:
The actual pageant was streamed online last Saturday, February 6, with 25 girls vying for the title of Miss #NoFilter Negrosanon Queen 2021. Kathryn May Gadingan Salacut, from the municipality of Tayasan, eventually brought home the crown after her inspiring answer during the Q&A portion.
When asked about an event she’s experienced recently that’s given her hope for humanity, Kathryn revealed her journey as a COVID-19 survivor. “I found hope because I was able to survive COVID. As a survivor, it taught me various lessons that I need to keep in myself. My patience was tested as well as my faith in God,” she shared.
"But one thing that really hit me was to think of those unfortunate people who have been struggling more than I [have]. I think of those children who live by the streets while their rights are being compromised and that’s what became my source of strength…I joined the #NoFilter Negrosanon Queen for I know that through this pageant I will be able to use my voice to speak for the poor and hungry during this pandemic…I believe that a Negrosanon queen embodies the core values of humanity, spreading love and positivity, and not withholding her capacity to help people, but rather by telling others that there is more to life and that life is worth living."
Listen to her winning answer in full below.
Kathryn also swept three special awards, namely Best Swimsuit, Best in Gown, and Best Speaker. Meanwhile, Daphne Kyara Algarme of Bais City came in second place, and Renelyn Deguit from Ayungon took the third spot.
To find more info about the final results, visit the Negrosanon Palannggaon page here.
Congratulations to all our barefaced beauty queens!