Lingayen – Twenty-three-year-old Riza Diego, one of the 23 candidates vying for Limgas na Pangasinan 2016 crown, emerged as the most-talented candidate in the talent showdown held at the Sison Auditorium on April 25.
Diego, who hails from Bayambang, delivered a catchy performance of her portrayal as “Pinkaw,” a mistreated and ill-fated individual in a society ruled by greed and power.
Despite technical glitches with her lapel, she still nailed a smooth performance which captivated the attention of the crowd.
“Actually po wala akong masyadong preparation. Nagkaroon lang ako ng script and then ako na po ‘yong bahala sa gagawin ko,” Diego said in an interview.
The oldest among the 23 candidates for Limgas na Pangasinan, Diego, reigning Miss Galicayo Camilliana, dedicates her feat to her family and supporters, as well as to all Pangasinenses.
The performances of Limgas candidates were judged on the following criteria: mastery and style (40%), level of difficulty (30%), relevance and message (20%), and overall impression (10%).
Aside from the talent competition, the candidates donned festival costumes depicting their respective One-Town, One-Product (OTOP). The winner for this category will be announced during the pageant and coronation night at the Capitol Plaza on April 30.
Limgas na Pangasinan is annually held as a component activity of Pistay Dayat revelry.
The talent showdown and OTOP-inspired festival costume parade was graced by Pangasinan first lady, Mdme. Priscilla I. Espino; Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Malu Elduayan, Pistay Dayat 2016 over-all chairperson; and Provincial Employment Services Officer Alex Ferrer, Limgas na Pangasinan 2016 committee chairperson.