A 21-year-old physical therapist intern from Riverside Medical College was crowned as the first Ms. Bacolod MassKara Universe, Wednesday night, October 19, and will officially represent Bacolod City in the Ms. Universe Philippines pageant competition.
The 21-year-old Kara Daniela Villarosa bested 14 other candidates during the coronation night of the pageant held at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum. She also bagged the Best in Swimwear, Best in Evening Gown, and Miss Photogenic awards.
An advocate of malnutrition awareness, Villarosa wowed the crowd when she was asked if Bacolod should continue to smile despite what it went through because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She answered: “Being the City of Smiles I think we have to set an example to the rest of the country, we have to show them that even if we are faced with these challenges we are strong, we choose to rise from it all and we still decide to smile and for that I am so thankful to be standing here as a Bacolodnon.”
Villarosa took home P150,000 and one-million insurance. She was crowned by Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez who was assisted by his wife, Dominique Lopez Benitez, Rep. Greg Gasataya and businessman Ian Lo.
Janine Gelera, a 21-year-old USLS student, was crowned Miss Bacolod MassKara World and Jan Marie Bordon, a 21-year-old La Consolacion College Bacolod student, was crowned Miss Bacolod MassKara International.
Crowned as first runner up and Darling of Social Media was Eirine Juliane Granada, while Sandale Masangcay, who won the best in festival costume award was the second runner-up.