Reina de Cuenca INTERVIEW

Cuenca Expats Magazine, Issue 45

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We had the privilege of sitting down with Serina Maldonado, the newly crowned Queen of Cuenca, and were immediately struck by her poise and grace, remarkable qualities for an 18-year-old woman. Born in Miami, Serina is the first Miss Cuenca to hail from outside the country, the youngest of three siblings. Despite this, she meets the pageant’s residency requirements, having lived in the country for 15 years.

An accomplished athlete, Serina dedicated nine years to competitive swimming, earning herself a national championship title and recent recognition in the Pacific Cup.

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Her passion for volunteer work led her to participate in the pageant, seeing it as an avenue to amplify her social impact. As Queen, her primary focus is on aiding families in need, particularly those with disabilities, in addition to fulfilling the ceremonial duties synonymous with representing Cuenca.

Upon completing her reign, Serina plans to further her education with advanced studies in English, with aspirations for a master’s degree in either aerospace or civil engineering. Being crowned during the 100th anniversary of the pageant holds special significance for Serina, marking a milestone in her journey as Cuenca’s reigning queen.

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