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RCA Productions crowns its new Mr. & Ms. Millennial OFW 2017

By Marlon B. Vicente
Riyadh-Saudi Arabia
November 22, 2017


RIYADH: In a personality contest produced by RCA Productions aims to find the next Millennial OFW Tourism Ambassadors, Jayson Saguindan, 17, and Ristelle Louise Rivera, 15, took home the first-ever Mr. & Ms. Millennial OFW 2017 titles in a glittering grand coronation night attended by an estimated crowd of more or less 600 people staged at Second Philippine International School Quadrangle last November 3, 2017, here.

Saguindan and Rivera who bested other 18 hopefuls were also adjudged PAL Ambassador and Ambassadress, respectively. Both received two-way ticket, RUH-MNL-RUH as part of their winning prize and the privilege to be the brand ambassadors of the company.

Joining the rooster of winners are Mohammed Ben Kaddam & Mariel Gapasin-1st runners up and Kloyd Antaresh Chand & Bea Robin Pamintuan-2nd runners up.

RCA Productions is a talent arm of Riyadh Creative Artists Fashion Photography-RCA – a group of talented OFW artists based in Riyadh composed of photographers, creative directors, stylist, makeup artists, designers and models. It is established in October 18, 2013 by Norman Cunanan, Marlon Vicente, Rico Sumadia, Alfredo Bascones, Jr., Randy Carillo and Romeo Mamalayan, as founding officers.

It was indeed a tough competition wherein the members of the panel of judges had a hard time selecting the winners. They are composed of Bernard Menuret-former French pilot, Ave Maria Valenzuela-local beauty queen and flight attendant, Francis Pega-host and print & ramp model, Luz Sadsad-Nurse Manager and Chairman of Healing Hands Foundation and Madz Crisostomo-fashion guru and an experienced creative director.

List of winners of minor and special awards are as follows:

Best in Barong Tagalog & Best in Filipiñana Attire – #11 Mohammed Ben Kaddam & #6 Bea Robin Pamintuan
Best in Philippine Festival Attire – #8 Eugene Estillore & #2 Ristelle Louise Rivera
Best in OFW Attire – #9 Niño Lei Nunag & #8 Mariel Gapasin
Mr. & Ms. Photogenic – #4 Cristopher Santos & #2 Ristelle Louise Rivera
Mr. & Ms. Millennial OFW LOOK – #11 Mohammed Ben Kaddam & #1 Angelyn Babaran
Mr. & Ms. Personality – #5 Marnel Ansell Casuga & #3 Mabelle Maniquiz
Mr. & Ms. Congeniality – #3 Kenny Mark Lancita & #6 Bea Robin Pamintuan
Mr. & Ms. Popularity – #2 Jayson Saguindan & #6 Bea Robin Pamintuan
Enjaz Ambassador and Ambassadress – #2 Jayson Saguindan & #6 Bea Robin Pamintuan
LBC Ambassador and Ambassadress – #5 Marnel Ansell Casuga & #6 Bea Robin Pamintuan
Mr. & Ms. Lulu Hypermarket – #11 Mohammed Ben Kaddam & #4 Sarah Khundokar
Mr. & Ms. Lebara Mobile KSA – #7 Reyn Magtira, Jr. & #5 Amira Attwa
Mr. & Ms. Sta. Lucia Land, Inc. – #6 Kloyd Antaresh Chand & #9 Christalyn Ordona
Best Designer-Philippine Festival – Male #6, Edgar Maravilla Dela Cruz
Best Designer-Philippine Festival – Female #8, Noel Dela Cruz

Best Designer-Barong Tagalog – #2, Ronald Mariano
Best Designer-Filipiñana – #8, Noel Dela Cruz

Some of the local performers who gave an additional entertainment during the finals night are Vianca Marie Cabigting-CRGT Grand Winner, #PowerVoice (Coco Estrellan, Jon Martin Sumpay, Richard Buenaventura) and the new dance group, DANZVERSITY. It was hosted by the seasoned-host, Roger Cadion.

The huge success of the event was thru the leadership of Marlon Vicente-President, RCA Creative CORE – Darwin Mancao-VP Creative Division, Wahid “Wadge” Jaafar-VP Membership, Subarashi “Sugar” Satu, Emran Chua, Jae Elvin Hawani, Amado Cadano, Norman Cunanan-BOD, Randy Carillo-VP Finance & Admin, Pai Koh-VP Technical, Jay Posadas, Aldwin Cunanan, Leozar Torres, Abigail Cruz, Ruth Stephanie Cacapit, DANZVERSITY, Angel Acelle and the rest of RCA exclusive members.

Mr. & Ms. Millennial OFW 2017, with its initial staging was sponsored by Philippine Airlines, Lebara Mobile KSA, enjaz Banking Services, LBC Express, Inc., Wadge Shots Photography, Lulu Hypermarket, Sta. Lucia Land, Inc., Almakdum S Mohammed, Ian Khulet, OPPA Badminton Group, LMs Catering Services and Lamogha Flower Shop duly supported by 99.7 My Friends FM, Community Investigative Support-CIS, Charlotte Villones, Wilma Perez and Second Philippine International School-SPIS.

(Marlon B. Vicente, an OFW freelance writer and event host. E-mail at m.vicente21@yahoo.com).

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