THE reigning Miss Iligan 2011 and her first runner-up enjoyed a tour to Macau and Hong Kong recently. Cathy Tan, chairperson of the creative team that organized the very successful Miss Iligan Beauty Pageant, told reporters that the tour was part of the incentive given to the winner of the coveted title. It was sponsored by the generous Rep. Vicente Belmonte Jr. of the lone district of Iligan, said Ms. Tan. She said that Miss Iligan 2011 Elyza Jade Dalongones and first runner-up Hezeline Claire Anghag were overjoyed by the rare experience and were very thankful to Belmonte.
The group of Miss Iligan 2011 and her first runner-up was composed of Tan, choreographer Jotyl Empeynado, operation manager Jenny Densing and production head Nimo Remo. Belmonte shouldered all necessary expenses of the group. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the beauties and the Miss Iligan Creative Team with the tourism features of Macau and Hong Kong, two of the nearest foreign destinations. It can be noted that the candidates and winners in the yearly Miss Iligan Beauty Pageant are groomed to act as Tourism Ambassadors of Iligan.
Tan explained that the tour to Macau and Hong kong pushed through despite the occurrence of tropical storm Sendong because the activity was arranged just after the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel last year and the tickets had been bought before the typhoon. The group also thanked Mayor Lawrence Cruz under whose leadership the celebration of the 2011 Diyandi Festival that included Miss Iligan 2011 as its main feature was made successful.
Source: Gold Star Daily