Joanna Cubelo was this year crowned Miss Philippines Australia 2012, walking away with the major title and two more - Best in Filipiniana and Best in Evening Gown.

The annual beauty pageant was held at the 24th Grand Philippine Sydney Fiesta Kultura, a Filipino-themed festival at the Fairfield Showground.

Cubelo, a 24-year-old Sydney University graduate who currently works as a dental hygienist, beat nine other candidates to the crown.

Jaclyn Alexander, a 21-year-old makeup artist, won Miss Charity Queen Australia 2012, while Alyssa Rae Calixto, a 20-year-old nursing student, won Miss Philippine Australia Charity Princess.

The competition started at 6pm and despite the temperature falling, hundreds of Filipinos stayed to watch all 10 candidates sashay down the stage and show their best form.

Besides the three above-mentioned winners, this year’s contenders were Alexis McFarland, Eleanor Pavic, Monique Shippen, Lina Heinze, Zaimon Sulangi, Nicole Johnson and Anjelica Whitelaw.

Australia’s Got Talent beatboxer Genesis, singer Chantelle Morelle and artist Marcus Rivera provided the night’s entertainment.

Photo credit: Ramil Balingit


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