PH’s Winwyn Marquez wins Reina Hispanoamericana 2017

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PH’s Winwyn Marquez wins Reina Hispanoamericana 2017
(UPDATED) Winwyn is the first titleholder from Asia

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED)– Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez was crowned as Reina Hispanoamericana on Saturday, November 4. (Sunday morning, November 5 in Manila).

Winwyn was crowned by Reina Hispanoamericana 2016 Maria Camila Soleibe of Colombia, during the pageant held in Sta Cruz, Bolivia.

Screengrab from Promociones Gloria

Screengrab from Promociones Gloria

 

This is the first time the Philippines sent a candidate to the competition.

The Reina Hispanoamericana pageant is a competition which celebrates Hispanic heritage, culture, and language. It started in 1991, when was known as Reina Sudamericana.

Following her victory, Winwyn posted a short video message on the Reina Hispanoamericana website.

  

In an interview during her send-off, Wyn said she knew it going to be a tough competition for her being the first Asian and Philippine representative, but promised to do her best. 

“It’s going to be a challenge for me because it’s a land full of talented girls. We all know that Latinas are very good in pageants and very good in dancing… but I wouldn’t wanna put myself down because I’m standing for my country and I’ll do my very best.”

She also faced criticism for not speaking Spanish – a common denominator among the other candidates in the pageant. – Rappler.com

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