Talisay beauty crowned Lin-ay sang Negros 2019

Roxanne Toleco (center) of Talisay City, Negros Occidental waves at the crowd after being crowned as Lin-ay sang Negros 2019. With her in the photo are first runner-up Jarizz Borcelas of Sagay City (right) and second runner-up Leila Jules Sarino of Hinoba-an. ELBERT AMAR PASOY

BACOLOD City – Twenty-five candidates vied for the crown but only one succeeded.

The 19-year-old Roxanne Toleco of Talisay City, Negros Occidental won the coveted Lin-ay sang Negros 2019 crown during the pageant night held at the Panaad Park and Stadium on April 12.

Toleco, a freshman psychology major at the University of St. La Salle in this capital city, is the 25th winner of the local beauty search which is a part of the annual Panaad sa Negros Festival.

“I’m so thankful that God has given me a chance to become Lin-ay sang Negros. I will possibly join a national pageant, if given the chance,” Toleco said.

In the final interview, the crowd favorite was asked: “Why your city should be the next top destination in Negros Occidental?”

Toleco answered: “It’s not just a destination, but a home to its people who are progressive and resilient.”

For winning the crown, she was automatically named Miss Millennial and Australian Skills Institute Ambassadress. She also won Best in Evening Gown and named Miss Photogenic and Miss Organik na Negros 2019.
Toleco, whose advocacy focuses on education, received a cash prize of P60,000 and a full college scholarship from the provincial government.

Meanwhile, Jarizz Borcelas of Sagay City, Negros Occidental was named first runner-up and received P40,000.

Leila Jules Sarino of Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental was adjudged second runner-up and went home with P20,000.

Lin-ay sang San Carlos Ma. Rita Sol Requieron and Lin-ay sang Pontevedra Chaira Victoria Juarez also made it to the Top 5. (With a report from PNA/PN)


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