5 seek Miss Kauai Filipina crown

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    2018 Miss Kauai Filipina Marli Genegabuas will crown the 2019 winner Saturday night at the 61st annual Miss Kauai Filipina Scholarship Pageant at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Tiffany Sagucio, from left, Isabel Gampon, Gwyneth Abella, Courtney Teves and Venus Sebastian will be on stage Saturday during the 61st annual Miss Kauai Filipina Scholarship Pageant presented by the Kauai Filipino Community Council at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Five Miss Kauai Filipina contestants, seated from left Isabel Gampon, Courtney Teves, Tiffany Sagucio, Venus Sebastian and Gwyneth Abella, listen as former Miss Kauai Filipina title holders Liz Kawamura, standing left, and Ruth Ann Melchor, standing right, and last year’s pageant runner up Callie Racelo, standing second from left, discuss pageant routines during a practice session at the Aloha Dance Studio in Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    2018 Miss Kauai Filipina Marli Genegabuas, third from right, presents the 2019 Miss Kauai Filipina contestants, from left Tiffany Sagucio, Isabel Gampon, Gwyneth Abella, Courtney Teves and Venus Sebastian.

Who will be the 2019 Miss Kauai Filipina?

The Kauai Filipino Community Council presents the 61st annual Miss Kauai Filipina Scholarship Pageant 7 p.m. Saturday at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

“This year’s pageant is special,” said Charlmaine Bulosan, past president of the KFCC. “The 2019 Miss Kauai Filipina, who represents the Filipino community during her reign, will be representing Kauai at the state pageant that will be held on Kauai later in July.”

Five young Filipina women, four graduating from Kauai High School, and one from Kapaa High School in May, will be vying for the crown currently being worn by Marli Genegabuas, the 2018 Miss Kauai Filipina. The contestants also have an eye toward of the scholarship and gift awards that accompany the crown.

Tiffany Sagucio, Isabel Gampon, Gwyneth Abella, Courtney Teves and Venus Sebastian have already completed the judges’ interview phase of the pageant. Saturday, the contestants go through the swimsuit, talent and, unique to the Miss Kauai Filipina pageant, the terno and best in terno phases.

“This year, we’re featuring the young talent in the community,” said Alan Villaflor, pageant choreographer. “These young entertainers will give the audience a change of pace between the contestant competitive phases.”

The contestants also work to gain special awards including most spirit for ticket sales and ad sales for the program booklet. Other awards include best in terno, best terno speech, swimsuit, most talented, congeniality (voted on by the contestants themselves), and most photogenic.

Tickets, $25, are available from any of the contestants, KFCC members, or at the door.

Proceeds from the ticket sales and program booklet sales are earmarked for KFCC scholarships.

4 Comments
  1. jake June 14, 2019 5:45 am Reply

    C’mon, this isn’t Manilla, it’s the USA. Do we get to have a miss White Woman crown, or a Miss Irish only crown, or a miss African American crown? This exclusive Filipina baloney has to go. It’s 2019 already. Let’s get our heads out of the 1950’s already.


    1. manongindashadow0711 June 14, 2019 4:23 pm Reply

      Jake, “Get your head out of your okole!” This is sponsored by the Filipino Council.
      Maybe if the other nationalities you mention would do such a thing. It would probably make the newspapers.


  2. Pete Antonson June 14, 2019 2:39 pm Reply

    Jake, it’s a private association. They can do as they please. Not even spelling Manila incorrectly will stop them. We had Miss White Woman Pageants for decades. /they’ve become diverse. You should have appreciated that more while it lasted. Why not start your own white woman association? I’m sure in no time you’ll have enough women and their daughters to have the pageant you desire!


  3. mina June 14, 2019 5:53 pm Reply

    This isn’t the Phillipines! Shut this pagent down unless you won’t mind a Miss Caucasian, or Miss Japanese pagent the following week. Ooh sorry…no Filipinas allowed!


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