Despite the conflict in the area, these 4 girls from Zamboanga are determined to show the beauty that the area has to offer.
Cesdianne Daung (Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay) has survived the military threats that affected Zamboanga, narrating in one of her interviews how “her neighborhood would hear gunshots just at the back of their homes.” She was 2nd runner-up in Miss Teen Zamboanga 2012.
Phoebe Ken Diane Estoconing (Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte) was a former Mutya ng Tampilisan winner and Miss ZaNorte 2012 runner-up. Jennifer Kaye Allego (Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur) is a hotel and restaurant management graduate of Mindanao State University-Marawi.
Margie Alatan (Zamboanga City) is Miss Zamboanga City 2013. She is a member of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines and a taekwondo player when she was in elementary. She is a nursing graduate of Western Mindanao State University.
Who will be representing the country in the prestigious Miss Earth beauty pageant later this year? We will all find out at Miss Philippines Earth 2014 pageant night on May 11 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
This article also appeared on Rappler.