SM CDO Downtown Premier on Saturday welcomed this year’s Miss Teen Philippines with a meet and greet at its event center. Fans and supporters of the 15 year-old Fil-Brazilian Nikki Advincula de Moura flocked the venue after besting 30 other candidates during the grand coronation night held at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City.
Following de Moura were Patricia Lynn Beerda of Iloilo finished first runner-up, followed by Nicole Borromeo of Cebu, Mikki Barcela of Bicol, and Joanna Kalkschmidt of Western Visayas.
In an interview with this paper de Moura expressed her deep gratitude for the support she has been given by Kagay-anons and the warm welcome by the said mall.
It can be recalled, SM CDO Downtown Premier was also the venue where she and two others (Francince Gamboa of Valencia City and Kamyll Pla of CDO) were chosen to represent Northern Mindanao in the Miss Teen Philippines.
This was her first time to enter a pageant, let alone the prestigious Miss Teen Philippines. She shared that it came as a surprise when her name was being called, and as this year’s Miss Teen Philippines it hasn’t really sink in to her yet that she won, she is still in “Cloud 9” sensation she said.
“It really felt grate and surprising because this was my very first time and all the candidates were beautiful, smart and had potential and on day 1, I was very scared, when I looked because as I said they were beautiful and filled with potential. But along the way we became close, like sisters and I really appreciated that it felt like we weren’t in a contest. I was having so much fun with them and I will never forget the experience,” she said.
During her journey in the pageant she learned a lot of things where she can apply to her life and through her advocacies.
“Be humble, value education and be a role model to others those are the most valuable things I learned. During my reign I would continue the advocacies that truly matters in today’s society such as the environment and teen depression. I would like to help teenagers who suffer from depression because I really find it alarming; so that’s why in college I plan to take up Psychology to help,” de Moura shared.
Adding “During my reign maybe we can talk with Barangay officials and create a support group and reach out to teenagers who suffer from depression,” she concluded.
Her mother Jeannifer Limbo Advincula also shared her thoughts after her daughter won the crown.
“It was very overwhelming, lipay kaayo me. We really did not expect (her winning) because this was her first pageant, but I know she is a very smart girl and she really did it, I could not be prouder,” she said.
Her mother also wishes her daughter the best in life and her journey as the reigning Miss Teen Philippines 2019 and hopes that she would always plant her feet, be humble, kind, and respect,” Advincula conluded.