Winwyn Marquez, was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 in Sta Cruz, Bolivia, making her the very first Filipina to compete and win in the beauty title.
The 25-year-old beat 27 other candidates in the competition, which celebrates the Hispanic heritage and culture. She succeeded Maria Camila Soleibe from Colombia.
Hours earlier in Manila, Karen Ibasco was crowned 2017 Miss Earth at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. It was back to back victories for the Philippines.
Read Related Story: Medical Physicist Karen Ibasco Hailed as Miss Earth 2017
Marquez was a strong contender from the beginning of the pageant and had the crown in the bag after her impressive answer during the question and answer portion.
Marquez was asked how she would promote the Hispanic-American culture with the prevailing language barrier.
Using an interpreter, Marquez answered: “Language can be learned but the will and determination to contribute 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 language 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.”
Read Related Story: Filipina pilot Nelda Ibe crowned Miss Globe 1st Runner-up in Albania
Before she went to Bolivia, Marquez vowed to do her best to make the whole nation proud despite the little time that she had to prepare for the competition.
The Philippines, which was a colony of Spain for over three centuries, is the first Asian country to compete in the pageant.
Prior to the coronation night, Marquez said through an Instagram post that she is “enjoying every minute” of her stay in Bolivia for the beauty competition.
She also thanked her fellow candidates for helping translate the questions – which are primarily in Spanish – during their interviews.
Winwyn is the daughter of actors Joey Marquez and Alma Moreno.