Miss Bicolandia 2008 Melody Gersbach has been crowned Binibining Pilipinas (Bb.)-International in a recently concluded beauty pageant in Manila on Sunday, March 8, 2009. With her are winners Pamela Bianca Manalo and Marie-Ann Umali, awarded the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and Bb. Pilipinas-World titles respectively in a field of 24 semi-finalists.
Ms. Gersbach is a 23-year old graduate of business management at the University of Asia and the Pacific. She works as the manager of a family-owned restaurant in Legazpi City. Pamela Manalo who won Best Swimsuit Award, is a 22 year old flight stewardess with a degree in Advertising in Assumption College in Manila. Besting the beauty candidates in the long gown competition, Marie-Ann Umali was chosen as Miss Photogenic. She is a native of Batangas City with a Tourism degree from College of St. Benilde.
The dazzling evening coronation was held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Hosted by Paolo Bediones and Iza Calzado, the event was shown live in GMA channels all over the country. The first runner-up was 20-year UP graduate Richell Agalot (Miss Talent) followed by 26 year old Regina Hahn, the second runnerup. Gizelle Jasmin Rivamonte, a 23-year old Oncology nurse who works at the Veterans Hospital in Quezon City was voted Miss Friendship.(Photo Credits: http://www.marianrivera.co.nr/ Noli Berioso/ OPMB Wordwide) =0=
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