July 01, 2007

Overseas Feature
Cornelio "CJ" Ancheta
Hawaii Contributor, Fil-Am Observer

Cierra Rauch, Miss Maui Filipina 2007

"To preserve the Filipino culture for all ages, teach your children traditional Filipino customs and take time out for that extra cooking lessons. Pass it on the rich culture to your children so that through the family and as Filipinos of Hawaii can help keep our tradition alive forever."

This was the message of newly crowned Miss Maui Filipina 2007, Cierra Rauch in her speech which won for her the best in the terno/ speech category. Dressed elegantly in a white terno, she was asked during the onstage interview, " If you were to travel to the Philippines , what would you convey to the Filipino people about Hawaii ?" Rauch answered with a rousing approval applause from the audience, " Hawaii is an excellent place to go hiking, go to the beach and explore it's natural beauty; moreso, there's a lot of Filipinos." Rauch was also awarded the Best in Terno Gown.

Queen Rauch just graduated from King Kekaulike High School and will enroll in Liberal Arts at Maui Community College .

Cierra is a mestiza: half Filipino and half German. She is the daughter of Matthew Rauch and Georgette Batoon of Kihei.

"I'm extremely proud of her; she's very talented and everything came to fruition tonight," Batoon said in interview after her daughter was announced as the titleholder last June 9 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center . The same sentiment was echoed by her father, " She's a wonderful girl and turned into a wonderful young lady. She worked so hard just like the other girls to get to where she is at right now."

Cierra won a $ 1,500 scholarship, roundtrip airfare to the Philippines and a $ 1,500 travel allowance. She will represent Maui in the Miss Hawaii Filipina Scholarship Pageant on July 28 at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

The first runner up went to Rhoda Castillo who also won Best in Swimsuit, Best in Talent(tied with Leane Bedard), Most Advertisement and Tickets Sold and Most Photogenic. Second runner up went to Geraldine Quesada, and third runner up went to Leane Bedard who also won Miss Congeniality.

The 49th Miss Maui Filipina Scholarship Pageant is sponsored annually by the Maui Filipino Community Council. This year's dance and vocal entertainment was performed by "The Men of Magsayawan" under the direction of Mr. Wayne H. Mendoza. The pageant judges were: Dwane Miguel Minford, Andre Morissette, Colleen Cua Nagasako, Michael Victorino, and Camille Romero while the terno judges were Elly Angel Ewbank and Priscilla Baloaloa.

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