Popular television actress and model Winwyn Marquez or Teresita Ssen Marquez made history on Saturday, November 4 as she was the first Asian and first Filipino representative in the annual Reina Hispanoamericana held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. She bested 26 other beauties from Central, South America, Carribean countries , which celebrates the Hispanic heritage, arts and culture. She succeeded Maria Camila Soleibe from Colombia.
The other finalists were Virreina Akisha Albert of Curacao, Primera Finalista Lais Berte of Brazil, Segunda Finalista Victoria D’Ambrosio of Venezuela, Tercera Finalista Karla Berumen of Mexico and Quarta Finalista Katherine Añazgo of Bolivia.
Reina Hispanoamericana Pageant
Reina Hispanoamericana (Hispanic American Queen) is an annual beauty pageant celebrating Hispanic heritage, language and culture, started in 1991 as Reina Sudamericana (South American Queen) until up to 2003 the participants were restricted to the 10 countries in South America.
Eventually more countries were admitted in the pageant and the Philippines was admitted to the pageant in 2017.
Venezuela got 6 titles, followed by Brazil 5 titles,Colombia with 4 titles, Bolivia got 4 titles , Ecuador and Paraguay with with 2 titles.
WinWyn Marquez : Question and Answer Portion
Ms.Marquez was asked how she would promote the Hispanic-American culture with the great difficulty of the language.
Marquez answered: “Language can be learned but the will and determination to contribute to the organization cannot. It has to come from the heart. It has to be natural. I believe that kindness is a universal language that if you treat people with tolerance, patience and love, you will understand each other.”
“The Hispanic culture is not about language only. It’s about love for God, love for country, love for history and culture and love for family. As a Filipina with a unique heritage, I have instilled that. I am ready to promote the Hispanic culture not just in Asia but in the whole world. It is time to celebrate the Hispanic culture. It is meant to be celebrated,” she added.
Prior to joining Miss World Philippines, WinWyn Marquez joined Binibining Pilipinas in 2015 where she finished in the top 15.
Marquez is the daughter of screen veterans Joey Marquez and Alma Moreno, and the niece of former Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez.