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These are my two nieces, Jersey Anne Allera Salazar and Khriesha Allosada Mendoza, who competed shoulder to shoulder during the February 16 Miss Teen Valentine 2014 Search held at the Metro on Colon Street, Cebu City. Thirteen-year-old Khriesha won the crown. But it was only upon arriving in Malabuyoc later that night that we found out Jersey Anne was five months shy of age requirement, meaning that she could’ve been disqualified had it been known that she’s still twelve. Oh, I’m sorry now: I didn’t bother checking on her birth certificate beforehand.

Makeup on both Jersey Anne & Khriesha: ARIEL ALLERA
Photography: Mars Taladro of Mars Inso Taladro Photography