But unfortunately, Linda lost to another beauty pageant veteran Katherine Dominique Lagrimas, who was Mutya ng Magayon 2008 1st Runner Up, Baybayon Festival's Summer Babe 2009, Miss Camarines Sur 2009, Miss Ibalong 2009 2nd Runner Up and a Top
10 semi-finalist in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009.
Just like Venus Raj in the Miss Universe 2010 pageant, Linda finished only as 4th Runner Up in Miss Bicolandia 2010. Maybe, she also
answered poorly in the question and answer portion because in Miss
Bicolandia pageant, the Q&A also matters a lot.
It was Dominique's 3rd try already in Miss Bicolandia. She already joined Miss Bicolandia 2006 and in 2009 where she ended in the Top 10. As for Linda, it's her 2nd time. She was announced as an official candidate in the 2007 pageant, listed as 17 years old but was later disqualified when she was found out to be 15 years old and not 17. (Thanks Thian Dy for this info!)
Both Linda and Dominique are expected to join Binibining Pilipinas 2011.
Check out some pictures during the Miss Bicolandia 2010 Coronation Night:
Linda's name was called to receive the Miss Photogenic Award
She was 4th Runner Up.
Miss Bicolandia 2010 winner Dominique Lagrimas during the Q&A portion with hosts Marc Abaya and Carla Abellana
Starstruck V Ultimate Survivor Steven Silva serenading Linda
Starstruck V's 2nd Prince Rocco Nacino performed a dance number
Rocco backstage with Venus Raj, who was a special guest in the pageant
The winners: (L-R) 3rd RU Joanna Angelica Romero (Naga City), 2nd RU Cindy Abundabar (Goa), Ms. Bicolandia 2010 Katherine Dominique Lagrimas (Iriga City), 1st RU Princess Armillos (Nabua) & 4th RU Linda Backlund (Iriga City)
The Miss Bicolandia 2010 was the pageant where Melody Gersbach was supposed to be part of the screening committee last August 21 but she met an accident and died on that day.
And maybe that explains why the Miss Bicolandia 2010 candidates all wore black evening gowns during the final round.
Photos courtesy of Christopher Antonio, Irvin Sto. Tomas YParco and Rocco Nacino