A 15-year-old Montessori student from East Manila stood out from an impressive line-up of 40 candidates and was crowned Miss Teen Philippines at the recently concluded Sun Cellular-sponsored beauty pageant held at the PICC Reception Hall.
Reissha Nicole Magadia, who studies at St. John’s Wort Montessori International School in Antipolo City, wowed the audience not only with her stunning beauty and poise, but also with her winsome charm and clever response to the question: “What’s the best advice you’ve learned from your mother?”
“The best advice I’ve learned from my mom is woman empowerment,” she replied before she was proclaimed the first Miss Teen Philippines in seven years.
Nicole, who stands at 5’9,” was also the recipient of the Sun Cellular People’s Choice Award after getting the most number of text votes in the competition.
With her victory, Nicole becomes the Department of Education youth ambassador who will be tasked to promote the value of education among the youth nationwide. As part of her reign, Nicole will also represent the Philippines in several global youth conferences, including the Southeast Asian Youth Program and the National Youth Parliament.
As a role model for the youth, Nicole said: “I plan to inspire the youth by embodying those values in all my actions, my deeds, and my thoughts and I guess the best way to inspire them is being the change they want to see. So if you want to see them that they are doing their best in their studies, you should also do it yourself.”
Sun Cellular, which is the pageant’s telco partner, also welcomes Nicole as the newest member of the Sun Cellular Family.
“Sun Cellular’s support for Miss Teen Philippines underscores our commitment to the youth and the advocacies they represent,” said Joan Marie Dueñas, Vice President and Head for Sun Cellular Postpaid. “Our role as telco partner is to provide our expanded network infrastructure and relevant plans and services to this year’s Miss Teen Philippines grand winner and her fellow candidates, to help them achieve success in the different aspects of their life.”
Dueñas added that Sun Cellular would continue to support initiatives, such as this. Sun Cellular provided Nicole and the 40 Miss Teen Philippines finalists with Sun Postpaid mobile kits on the road to the Grand Coronation Night to keep them connected with their loved ones.
All underwent rigorous training under the tutelage of former beauty queens and seasoned style mentors, such as TV host-actress and 1993 Miss World second runner-up Ruffa Gutierrez, 2005 Miss International and actress Precious Lara Quigaman, TV host-actress and model Jasmine Curtis-Smith, TV host-model and personality development coach Bianca Valero, make-up artist Robbie Pinera, hair stylist Jing Monis, and teen style icon and fashion designer Laureen Uy.
Nicole likewise received P2.6 million worth of prizes, including a coveted college scholarship package and Sun Cellular products.
Other winners in the grand coronation night were 1st runner-up Chiara Marie Ocampo from Las Pinas City, Miss Teen Philippines-Luzon Abby Gael Angel from Olongapo City, Miss Teen Philippines-Visayas Jeri-Anna Henares from Bacolod City, and Miss Teen Philippines-Mindanao Victoria Leslie Ingram from Talisay City.
The panel of judges were led by Sen. Bam Aquino, Miss World Philippines national director Cory Quirino, and AVP and Center Head for Sun Broadband, Pam Santiago.
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