We come bearing great news: this weekend has been a big one for Filipino pride. Three Pinays bagged crowns in three separate pageants, proving once again the undeniable strength and beauty of Filipinas.
The win that struck us the most is Winwyn Marquez’s win last Sunday, November 5 at the Reina Hispanoamericana tilt. Since its establishment in 1991, this year marks the first time that the Philippines has entered the competition… and Wyn swept up a handful of awards as she sashayed her way to her coronation.
She won the Miss Ipanema special award and placed 5th in the Miss Deporta (Sport) and Best Smile categories. Wyn ranked 3rd for Miss Silueta Philips (the swimsuit portion), and also secured a top 3 spot when she channeled a warrior queen in a Pintado-inspired garb for the National Costume competition. Lastly, she got first runner-up honors as Miss Personalidad Udabol when the candidates were quizzed and judged by a special panel of teachers and students from UDABOL University in Bolivia where the contest was held. Girl was on fire!
Teresita Ssen Marquez—Wyn for short—shut down any questions on her ability to promote Hispanic-American heritage and culture despite not speaking the language during her Q&A portion. She explained that language can be learned while willingness and determination to make a difference, not so much. She went on to say,
“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.”
Before going off to win the title in Sta. Cruz, Bolivia, Wyn competed against Pia Wurtzbach in Binibining Pilipinas 2015. She made it to the top 15 and eventually got cut. Her father, actor Joey Marquez spoke up about having reservations about her decision to become a beauty queen, but in the face of all this, Wyn never gave up and kept chasing her dreams. Now, as the first Filipina Reina Hispanoamericana, Wyn is more than ready and willing to fulfill her duties as Queen and Hispanoamericana advocate to Asia and the world.