A contestant in a preliminary round of this year’s Miss Cherry Blossom pageant

The finale of the second Miss Cherry Blossom beauty contest will be held Saturday in Ho Chi Minh City’s Hoa Binh Theater.

The 29 contestants will appear in ao dai (Vietnamese traditional long tunic), sportswear and evening gowns.

The beauties will take part in a multiple choice question and answer session to vie for the Miss Intelligence title.

The titles of Miss Ao Dai, Miss Sportswear and Miss Compassion will also be awarded.

The overall winner will receive a VND50 million (US$3,000) award and two runners-up will be presented VND25 million ($1,500) each.

Saturday’s event, to be broadcast live on BTV2, DRT and HanoiTV, will feature popular singers including Tra My, Cam Ly, as well as Miss Universe Vietnam Thuy Lam.

The contestants will visit two centers for disadvantaged children in HCMC’s neighboring provinces of Binh Duong and Dong Nai Thursday.

The activity will help organizers judge the Miss Compassion award and choose children to perform in the finale.

The competition was organized by Japanese-owned Hisamitsu Vietnam Pharmaceutical Company, Binh Duong Province Television (BTV) and local Phan Gia Company.

The winner and two runners-up will become Hisamitsu’s exclusive representatives in advertisements and will also take part in the company’s social and charity activities.

Previous Miss Cherry Blossom winners have represented Hisamitsu in giving scholarships to underprivileged students at the HCMC University of Medicine and Pharmacy and donating wheelchairs to the handicapped.

Reported by Trong Kha

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