PHILIPPINES’ TERESITA SSEN ‘Winwyn’ Marquez was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 in Bolivia today, giving the country its first Reina Hispanoamericana crown on its first try.

Marquez’ victory came hours after fellow Filipina beauty, Karen Ibasco won Miss Earth 2017 held in Manila night of November 4.

Marquez, an actress under GMA Network has finally put a strong end to her outstanding performances prior to the finals night. She has won several awards early in the competition and has been featured as one of the favorites on Bolivian newspapers.

The 25-year-old beauty queen who placed in the Top 3 both during the preliminary Swimsuit and National Costume segments. She wore a shimmering emerald green gown by Ezra Santos during the evening gown competition.

We believe she shone the brightest during the Question & Answer portion. Asked, “How would you promote Hispanic Americana culture with language barriers?,” the queen answered:

“Language can be learned, but the will and determination to contribute something to the organization cannot. It has to come from the heart and it has to be natural.

I believe that kindness is a universal language. If you treat people with tolerance, patience, and love, you will understand each other.

Hispanic culture is not about language only. It’s about love for God, love for country, love for history and culture and love for family.

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.”

Marquez earned the right to represent the country in this pageant after she was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana – Filipinas 2017 during the Miss World Philippines 2017 pageant held earlier this year. It was Laura Lehman who got the right to represent the PH to the currently ongoing Miss World 2017 pageant in Sanya, China.

Winwyn Marquez wins Reina Hispanoamericana 2017
Winwyn Marquez when she won Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas earlier this year.

Prior to joining the 2017 run, Marquez first joined Binibining Pilipinas in 2015 where she finished in the Top 15, part of the winning circle of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.

Marquez graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Marketing Management at San Bed College in Alabang. She is the daughter of actor-politicians Joey Marquez and Alma Moreno.

Among her awards are: Miss Ipanema, Miss Personalidad Udabol first runner-up, Top 3 for Miss Silueta Philips (Miss Silhouette Philips), Top 3 of the Best Traditional Costume, Top 5 for Miss Deportas Patra (Sports), and Top 5 for Best Smile.

Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Top 5 for Best Smile
Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Top 5 for Best Smile

Other winners include Curazao’s Akisha Albert is Virreina Hispanoamericana. The first runner-up is Brazil’s Lais Berte, second runner-up is Venezuela’s Ma. Victoria D’Ambrosio, third runner-up is Mexico’s Karla Berumen while host country’s bet, Bolivia’s Katherine Añazgo placed fourth runner-up.

Reina Hispanoamericana or Hispanic American Queen is an annual beauty pageant that started in 1991 as Reina Sudamericana (South American Queen) until it was changed to its current name. Based in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, the pageant aimed at celebrating Hispanic heritage, language and culture. The Philippines, being a former colony of Spain (for over 333 years to be exact) only joined the pageant this year, 26 years after the pageant was created.

Winwyn Marquez wins Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 photo 1

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