The lighted, fantasy-inspired costume designed by Jeomel Jaleco and modeled by Marjorie Langcoy bested 15 other finalists on the grand finals of the Nights of Mardi Gras Thursday [Oct. 12].
Jaleco received P10,000 in cash.
Ethel Denoso’s design worn by Jason Alimodian was adjudged 1st runner-up, with P7,000; Jude Chael’s costume modeled by Denaver Mcquin was 2nd runner-up; with P5,000;
Christian Joed Custodio’s design worn by Aljiz was 3rd runner-up with P3,000; and Ricky Cordova’s costume worn by Florentino Edugos was declared 4th runner-up, with P2,000.
Bacolod First Lady Elsa Leonardia graced the event for three nights in a row. Councilor Em Ang attended the grand finals night.
The panel of judges was composed of designers Edwin Benitez and Adrian Torres, and artist Cindy Ballesteros.
The Nights of Mardi Gras is a special event at the Bacolod Public Plaza—the heart of the MassKara Festival.
Like “Tanda! Sing Na, Dance Pa!” and drumbeating competition, the Nights of Mardi Gras is also aimed at giving special entertainment to the plaza crowd, especially those dining and drinking at the kiosks situated at the San Juan, Gonzaga, and Gatuslao sides of the plaza.
For two nights, 25 models joined per night, with eight contestants per night advancing to the finals.
Of the 16 finalists, five were declared winners. The 11 non-winning finalists were given P1,000 each. All the 50 participants were given P1,000 each.
The winners posed at the Diamond Jubilee Tower located at the Gonzaga side of the plaza.*