Rep. Martin’s beauty queen wife running for Congress in Leyte


Former beauty queen Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez is pursuing a career hugely different from the glamorous beauty pageants she used to be competing in.

The 1996 Binibining Pilipinas-International will be running as representative of the 1st District of Leyte in lieu of her husband, incumbent Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, who is seeking a Senate seat.

Mrs. Romualdez has joined the LAKAS-NUCD party.

Her opponent is lawyer Fiel Clemencio, an independent candidate.

Mrs. Romualdez’ win in the 2016 election would keep the Romualdezes’ 66-year political grip in Leyte, the home province of former First Lady and Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Romualdez-Marcos.

In the capital city of Tacloban, Rep. Martin’s cousin, incumbent mayor Alfred Romualdez, will field his wife, Councilor Cristina Gonzales, for the mayoralty seat.

Mayor Romualdez is in his last term.