With the absence of any action in the 20 calendared sporting events, last night?s opening of the 19th Cebu City Olympics focussed the spotlight on the bevy of beauties competing for the Best Muse award at the Cebu City Sports Center.
Leading the winners was 12-year-old Pearl Marie Cañeda from the Cebu Normal University, who wowed the crowd and the judges with her beauty and poise honed by hours of dancesport training.
Cañeda, who won gold in the Latin and Standard youth categories in the Dancesport Council of the Philippines (DSCPI) First Quarterly National Rankings and Competitions last March in Pasig City, bagged the Elementary division crown.
Cañeda is also the reigning elementary division queen of the 14th Milo Little Olympics.
Meanwhile, the tertiary division crown went to Sharon Angel, an 18-year-old Tourism Management student of the University of San Carlos (USC) while 17-year-old Edwin Albert Ayo of the Cebu Aeronautical Technical School bagged the tertiary Mr. Cebu City Olympics title.
No winners in the secondary division were declared last night after organizers decided to hold a special pageant on Oct. 11, 2009. This was designed to select only the best Ms. and Mr. Cebu City Olympics winners who will both represent the city in the Regional Meet.
Bagging runner-up honors in the elementary level were Stefi Catherine Sasuman and crowd darling, nine-year-old Jennifer Omandac of Lahug Elementary School. Sasuman also placed second behind Cañeda in the 14th Milo Little Olympics.
Tourism student, Antonette Marie Bajamunde of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) placed second in the tertiary level followed by CATS's Rajevie Ravindrakumar.
Abellana National School, the second overall placer in the recent Milo Little Olympics, won the Biggest Delegation special award.
Meanwhile, PESS head Nenita Pardinilla heaved a sight of relief after the opening program was successfully staged without any untoward weather disturbance. ?Our prayers really helped a lot and we are very thankful for today?s nice weather,? Pardinilla said.
The Cebu City Olympics is the main selection tournament for the city?s delegation to next year?s CVIRAA Meet.
Action in the 20 sporting events will start today in different venues with USC, UC and ANS tabbed as heavy favorites to dominate their respective divisions.