Teresita Marquez plans to promote Hispanic Culture in the Philippines
Report: Arvin M. Cabachete | Writer & Correspondent
Managing Editor: Raymund Thom Golez
Photos: JR Noses | Chief Photojournalist & Photo Editor
MANILA, Philippines – Newly crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Ssen Marquez meets the members of the Philippine media at Annabel’s restaurant in Quezon City, Philippines a few hours after her arrival in Manila last November 13.
During the press conference, Teresita was warmly welcomed by Arnold Vegafria, National Director of Reina Hispanoamericana in the Philippines.
“Teresita Ssen’s win is a historic feat in the world of pageantry. Aside from being the country’s first representative in Reina Hispanoamericana, she is the first Asian to joined and won on the said prestigious pageant,” said Vegafria during his opening speech.
“We are very proud and happy with Teresita’s crowning achievement. Even before the pageant started, she had already been tagged as the strong candidate because of her winning charm and exception talent. Congratulation and we are proud of you,” Vegafria added.
With her return in the Philippines, Teresita plans to promote the Hispanic culture in the country.
“The Hispanic culture is lost in the Philippines. The Spaniards brought their culture and traditions here. Our faith in God started with them. Gusto ko i-promote ‘yon. Sana ma-inform mga millennials kasi it’s about time we learn our history as well. When you know who you really are, when you know your unique heritage, you will create your own unique identity”, she said.
She will be staying in the Philippines throughout her reign and will come back to Bolivia if there are any special engagements and appearances. She will also continue her showbiz career and wanted to have her own talk show. She revealed that if given a chance she wants to interview Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. She said that Pia inspired her to not give up.
Like Pia Wurtzbach, Teresita joined Bb. Pilipinas 2015 pageant finishing among the Top 15. She returned to the pageant world this year and won the Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas crown at the Miss World Philippines competition. She also acknowledge and thanked the media’s write up before and during the competition.
“Salamat po sa nagsuporta sa akin. Sa lahat ng mga write ups.Lahat po ‘yon ay nabasa ng mga Boliviano at ng ibang candidates. Dahil po dun ay na curious po sila. I owe everything to the pageant blogs and to the news”, she said.
Before coming to her homecoming press conference, Teresita just signed up with a local clothing line as their newest ambassador.
Also in attendance during the victory homecoming press conference are her fellow beauty queen sisters namely: Glyssa Leian Perez (Miss World Philippines 2017 1st princess), Sophia Senoron (Miss Multinational Philippines 2017) and Cynthia Thomalla (Miss Eco Philippines 2017). She will have a homecoming parade in Parañaque City on November 20.