Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez wins the crown at the Reina Hispanoamericana pageant held in Sta. Cruz, Bolivia.
The daughter of Joey Marquez and Alma Moreno, Winwyn isn’t exactly the darling of the crowd in the Philippine scene as she’s got a ton of bashers, perhaps as many as her well-wishers and fans. But the beauty queen proved her bashers wrong, taking home the coveted crown and besting 27 other candidates to become the first Filipina to win in this pageant.
Despite Winwyn having a lot of bashers among her kababayans, she caught the hearts of the pageant organizers and the locals. She was even featured in a local magazine.
She has also been considered a strong contender in the pageant, having won several special awards during the pre-pageant activities. She was chosen as Miss Silhouette, Best in Traditional Costume, Best Smile, and Miss Personality – the Filipino pageant community would surely launch a protest if Winwyn didn’t win the crown after all those pre-pageant wins!
She might be the first Filipina to join the Reina Hispanoamericana but she certainly proved to the world that Pinays can easily go neck and neck with the countries known for their famous beauty queens.
The runners up are:
- Curazao – Virreina Hispanoamericana
- Brazil – 1st runner up
- Venezuela – 2nd runner up
- Mexico – 3rd runner up
- Bolivia – 4th runner up
Reina Hispanoamericana is an annual beauty pageant that celebrates Hispanic culture, heritage, and language. Because the Philippines was colonized by Spain for over three centuries, Filipinos have a lot of Spanish/Hispanic influences in terms of language, culture, and heritage.
Netizens praised her answer to the question, “How would you promote Hispanic-American culture with the great difficulty or barrier of language?”
Language can be learned but the will and determination to contribute something to the organization cannot. It has to come from the heart; it has to be natural.
I believe that kindness is a universal language; that if you treat people with tolerance, patience, and love, you will understand each other.
The Hispanic culture is not about love only. It’s about love for God, love for country, love for history and culture, and love for family. And as a Filipina with a unique heritage, I have instilled that.
I am ready to promote the Hispanic culture not just in Asia but in the whole world. It is time to celebrate the Hispanic culture. It is meant to be celebrated. Gracias.