Paris is first Miss Teen Maui Filipina

Binhi at Ani Community Center, Kahului, Maui, Hawaii – Paris Nicole Sensano was crowned 2013 Miss Teen Maui Filipina on its first season after months of preparation, prayers and paparazzi glitz and glam.

Paris Nicole Sensano

Paris Nicole Sensano

The First runner up trophy went to Ria Mae Natividad and Second runner up was awarded to Kaegil Concepcion. The top two candidates also took home all the special awards. Best in Terno, Best in Sportswear, Best in Ticket Sales and Ad sales went to Ria. Best in Talent, Best in Speech, Best in Pre-interview, Most Photogenic and Miss Congeniality all went to Paris.

Kaegil walks the ramp with chin up high!

Kaegil walks the ramp with chin up high!

Candidates Sheina Manangan and Cassidy Cortez each received participation trophies. In her Facebook page, Sheina expressed her thoughts “Even though I didn’t win anything, I still feel like a winner!”

“Best experience ever!” Sheina added.

Sheina lifting weights for the Talent portion - talk about A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

Sheina lifting weights for the Talent portion – talk about A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

Beautiful Ria

Let’s talk about my favorite shot of the night – beautiful Ria!

The venue was packed with screaming fans, friends and families of the contestants. Your reporter can barely hear her cellphone notifications now because her eardrums decided to shut off for the rest of the week.

But the program was great. As the curtains closed and opened – with your eyes directed to the feet that dragged them in and out – every segment of the pageant night brought surprises. My favorite, as always, was the terno competition.

My personal top two choices were Ria’s and Cassidy’s. They were just so beautiful. The ladies paraded like moving Barbie dolls with sparkles and bright smiles and again – the screaming fans.

Cassidy's Terno

Cassidy’s Terno

The pageant’s judges include Marcia Paranada, Allyka Nakoa-Clark, Deborah Campbell, Peter Lee and Nena Tukana.

Executive Director Michelle Santos led the Binhi At Ani Board of Directors in the execution of the pageant. In her speech, she didn’t forget to thank her partners in crime Ryan Piros, Tracy Takayama and this year, the ladies had personal coaching from 2011 Miss Maui Filipina Shelby Bantillan.

I had the privilege to take some of Shelby’s photos at the beginning of her reign.

2011 Miss Maui FIlipina Shelby Bantillan

2011 Miss Maui FIlipina Shelby Bantillan

The pageant was hosted by Mix105.5’s very own Jingo Magic and the beautiful Jem Zane.

I guess the trend now is to go younger, ergo Miss TEEN Maui Filipina was born.  These teens have potential to accomplish so much more than what having a crown meant ten, twenty years ago.

Congratulations to Paris and all the girls! We shall all look forward to next year!

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