MANILA -- In an effort to promote gay rights and gender equality, Quezon City crowned Nikki Normanson as its first Queen of the City at the AFP Theater in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City over the weekend.
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Normanson won over 24 other candidates, bringing home the title "Queen of Quezon City" and a cash prize of P300,000.
Normanson also won special awards, such as Miss Kokuryu, Best in Evening Gown, and Miss Selfie. She is also set to participate in the upcoming activities of the city.
CAPTION: Nikki Normanson (third from left) with runners-up Lady Pride Britney Madali, Lady Equality Aya Garcia, and Lady Respect Nadie Marie Fernandez. Photo: Handout
This is not the first time Normanson has joined alternative beauty pageants. Before becoming the Queen of Quezon City, she was the Queen of Cebu 2013, Queen of Northern Luzon 2014 (Tuguegarao), and Queen of the South 2014 (Davao).
A BPO training specialist, Normanson said she joined the pageant to help in propagating gender fairness with the help of Quezon City officials.
“I will make sure that there will be equality in the city. Hopefully other cities in the Philippines will follow as well,” she said.
Meanwhile, Aya Garcia was named Lady Equality, Nadie Marie Fernandez was named Lady Respect, and Britney Madali as Lady Prid. Garcia was also the best in swimwear, while Madali was named Miss Friendship.
Special recognition was also given to Honey del Barrio for creative costume and Marla Quinones for best in talent. Patricia Maristela was declared as Miss Photogenic.
Apart from showcasing the beauty of Filipino transgenders, the event also included performances from She-Voyz, singer Michael Pangilinan, and "Asia's Got Talent" winners El Gamma Penumbra.
Queen of Quezon City is an alternative beauty pageant anchored on the Gender Fairness Ordinance of Quezon City, which aims to celebrate gay pride and gender equality.