The province of Zambales has one more reason to be proud: its bet bested 34 other contestants from all over the country and select Filipino communities abroad to win the prestigious Miss Republic of the Philippines Pageant.
Twenty-five-year-old entrepreneur Fermira Dianne Tumangan Ramos, a 5’8” BS Business Management graduate of AMA Computer University-Olongapo led winners of the newly-rebranded pageant at The Theatre of Solaire in Parañaque City.
Ramos was crowned by no less than Josephine “Joy” Conde, the last woman to win the title some 39 years ago in 1976 at the Folk Arts Theater before the national tilt was discontinued.
Conde, finally made her farewell walk to the cheers of the misty-eyed audience.
Ramos, who now runs their family-owned business, won P100,000 in cash, a one-year management contract from the Miss Republic of the Philippines Organization and a 4-year college scholarship from Informatics College which she says she plans to pass on to a fellow candidate who needs it more than she does.
In the final interview round, Ramos was asked: “In this day and age, is it okay for a woman to express her love to the man she loves?” to which she confidently replied: “Yes. I will base it on the upbringing (I got) from my family. Actually coming from a very traditional, supportive but very broadminded family, it is okay to express our love to the man we love as long as we show it with integrity, self-respect and high moral values because that is the most important thing…”
The other major title, Miss Republic of the Philippines-International 2015, was won by Beatrice Ortega Valente, 22, a 5’9” Filipino-Italian beauty studying Graphic Arts at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, Italy. Valente also won the same prizes as Ramos.
Runners-up of equal ranking were: Miss Cavite Joselle S. Mariano, Miss RP-Luzon; Miss Valenzuela Sheila Marie D. Reyes, Miss RP-Visayas; and Miss Sta. Rosa City, Laguna Kristie Rose D. Cequeña, Miss RP-Mindanao.