Carryle Zaldariaga (2nd from right), newly crowned Miss Philippines-Michigan 2012, is shown with, from left, Van Ong, FILAMCCO President Ryan Rosario, Rose Caoagas and Rob Dionisio. Photo by: Jong delos Reyes

Carryle Zaldariaga, a pre-med student at Wayne State University (WSU) and psychology graduate, is Miss Philippines-Michigan 2012.[box type=”default” size=”large”] Runner-up is second-year MSU medicine student [/box]Carryle was crowned Miss Philippines-Michigan at the conclusion of the Pageant Night held on August 25, 2012 at the St. John’s Banquet and Conference Center in Southfield. She dominated the beauty contest participated in by five other Filipino-American, winning in three of the four main categories – namely, Miss Photogenic, Best in Talent and Best in Swimsuit.

She succeeded Michelle Aniciete, Miss Philippines-MI 2010. Michelle crowned the new title holder, assisted by community leaders Ryan Rosario, Van Ong, Dr. Ernie Mac, Willie Dechavez and emcee Rob Dionisio.

Interviewed briefly after the pageant, Carryle said, “I feel deeply honored that I was chosen (Miss Philippines-Michigan 2012). It felt amazing, and I’m so thankful of the support I received during the pageant. I look forward to being more engaged in the Filipino community. Not only do I hope to inspire younger Filipinos in Michigan to get them more interested in their culture and participate in cultural events organized by Filipino groups, but I also hope to draw interest to important non-Filipino interests.”

Picked runner-up was Stephanie Raymundo, a second-year medicine student at Michigan State University (MSU) and also psychology graduate. “I feel pleasantly different,” she said when asked how she feels for being chosen runner-up.

Candidate Rachel Sweet, a sophomore at Lawrence Tech University, bagged the Best in Gown trophy, while candidate Sabrina Tungol was awarded the Miss Philanthropy trophy.

In the talent portion, Carryle played at the piano portions of the song entitled “Heavy Lies the Crown.” The piano rendition was by Ramin Niroomand, one of the members of the In Fear and Faith Band.

Rachel played the guitar as she sang. Stephanie performed a fan dance. Sabrina did a drum play. Candidate Krystle Antonio rendered a declamation entitled “The Lion and The Lamb.” Candidate Daiann Darwish performed a Middle Eastern dance.

The members of the board of judges were Cindy Emmanuel, former Miss Philippines-Michigan; Ed Perez, fashion stylist; Maria Rita Reyes-Stuby, a lawyer who specializes in immigration concerns and a columnist of the Filipino Star News; Andrew Humphrey, a meteorologist and weather news anchor at WDIV Local 4 Detroit; and Gail Anderson, reporter and weekend news anchor at WDIV Local 4 Detroit.

Interviewed separately by the Filipino Star News shortly after the pageant, three of the judges – Attorney Stuby, Humphrey and Anderson – said the contest was a tough one and they had a hard time determining the score of each candidate.

Anderson commented that all the candidates are talented, intelligent and beautiful. “In fact, Filipina ladies are all beautiful,” she said.

Humphrey said, “All the candidates have great potentials.”

The sponsors of the candidates were Kahirup of Michigan, Carryle; National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Youth (NANAY), Krystle; Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Michigan, Daiann; Kiwanis Club of Cosmopolitan Detroit, Rachel; Vance and Imelda Hum, Stephanie; and Michigan Circulo Pampangueno, Sabrina.

As a whole, the Pageant Night, a flagship project of the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO), was a first-class entertainment enhanced immensely by the fine choreography and the dance numbers performed by the Tagumpay Dancers.

The show was well produced, and, according to FILAMCCO President Ryan Rosario, this was due to the hard work done by the pageant committee chairperson Rose Caoagas and the other committee members, especially Aimee Alcantara-Calasara and Toni Martinez.

The rowdy cheering by several supporters of the candidates made the beauty competition lively, tense and exciting. Some of the cheerers were even equipped with placards declaring their support for their candidates.