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PH lady cop wins Ms. Hope Int’l crown in South Africa

PH lady cop wins Ms. Hope Int’l crown in South Africa

POLICE Officer 2 Ruby Anzenie Rojas-Zarondona, 28, from Midsayap, North Cotabato, was crowned as Ms. Hope International 2016 at the 3rd annual, multi-category international pageant held at V & A Waterfront in Capetown, South Africa last Saturday.

Ruby won over contestants from all over the world including her runners-up from Australia and Namibia. Ruby was one of the grand winners in different categories, the others being: Miss Teen Hope International Kaitlyn Bauer of South Africa, Miss Hope International Natalie Memory of Zimbabwe, Mr. Hope International Leo Sera Twain of Botswana, Ms. Hope Elite Cheryl Wagner of Australia.

Based in Capetown South Africa, Hope Journey International is a pageant system where 50 % of the judging is based on community projects and interviews. Ruby, who was very happy and proud to have represented the Philippines with flying colors, also won awards for Best Interview, Best in Community Service, Miss Wella Hair and Miss Stunning Shoes.

A licensed teacher (she obtained her Education degree from Southern Christian College in Midsayap in 2008), Ruby did odd jobs including selling mobile phones at a mall when she failed to get an item from DECS. Ruby eventually entered the police force after finishing her training at the academy and married PO1 Melvin Zarondona in 2013.

Rubs was initially assigned at Lupon Municipal Police Station in Davao Oriental. For now, she serves as focal person for Performance Governance System (PGS), a group that assesses the performance of every police station in the region. She got her international pageant assignment from Queens of the Beautiful Planet pageant director Karen Sabarre who handpicked her for the tilt. She joined the Mrs. Category of Queens of the Beautiful Planet Philippines Pageant earlier this year.  Ruby is no newbie in beauty pageants. As early as 14, she has been joining local pageants winning as Bb. Midsayap (2006), Hiyas ng Kagandahan (2005) and Mutya ng Libungan (2007).

The winning streak continues ‘Binibini’ beauty named 3rd runner-up in Miss Globe 2016

The winning streak continues
‘Binibini’ beauty named 3rd runner-up in Miss Globe 2016
Photos courtesy of The Miss Globe Facebook Page

THE winning streak of Binibining Pilipinas beauties in international pageants continues as Bb. Pilipinas-Globe 2016 Nichole Marie Ramos Manalo was named as Miss Globe 2016 3rd runner-up in a simple coronation ceremony in Tirana, Albania Sunday night through Facebook live stream of the Miss Canada Globe Productions account, two days after the finals last Friday.

Nichole, the youngest sister of Miss Universe Philippines 2009 and actress Bianca Manalo and Bb. Pilipinas-World 2002 Kate Manalo-Hernandez, was given a crown and certificate by the Miss Globe head and Miss Canada Globe Productions owner Mias Santa Ana Pilar.

The fourth runner-up was also awarded to Natasha Joubert of South Africa who has already flown back to her country after the finals last Friday night.

India's Dimple Patel was crowned Miss Globe 2016 by the Philippines’ Ann Colis, last year’s winner, while Colombia's Yenny Carillo and Albania's Kristina Skurra were named first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively, in the coronation night held at 25 Expo City, Tirana, Albania on Friday, November 25, 2016 (Saturday morning PH time).

Manalo was originally named as a top ten finalist and winner of the Dream Girl of the World special award. She also placed second runner-up in a subsidiary swimsuit competition before the finals.
The reason given why the remaining runners-up were not announced last Friday was that the host had forgotten to bring the envelopes containing the names of the third and fourth runners-up on stage during the live show.

The president of Miss Globe also explained about the new rule in the pageant's age requirement as Miss India Dimple Patel is already 29 years old; the previous rule stated that the age limit is 26 year old.

Nichole, a registered nurse, said on Instagram before the finals: “There is this fire within me still wanting to save other people’s lives, but this time, as a beauty queen who has the heart to inspire. Yes, I am a public servant. I am a nurse. And ever since, it’s my passion to give my time and service to others, especially to those who are sick. Because I know in that way, I am a blessing to other people. For me, that’s living life to the fullest.”

Nichole is the fourth Bb. Pilipinas titleholder this year to successfully compete internationally. The others are: Jennifer Hammond who was a top 15 semi-finalist in Miss Intercontinental in Colombo, Sri Lanka last October 16; Nicole Cordoves, who emerged as 1st runner-up in Miss Grand International in Las Vegas, Nevada last October 25; and Kylie Verzosa who nailed the country’s sixth Miss International crown in Tokyo last October 27.

Janela Cuaton is back from Miss Tourism metropolitan Int’l tilt in Cambodia

Janela Cuaton is back from Miss Tourism metropolitan Int’l tilt in Cambodia

MUTYA ng PIlipinas-Tourism International 2015 Janela Joy Pigon Cuaton arrived from Cambodia early morning of November 22 after competing at the 2016 Miss Tourism Metropolitan International Pageant where she won first runner-up honors from among 41 delegates worldwide.

“I’m so happy to be back home. It was a very wonderful experience to represent the Philippines at the international pageant, and although we did not get the top crown, I am content with my performance because I know deep in my heart that we gave them a good fight,” said the 19-year-old model who was based in Doha, Qatar before she joined Muta ng Pilipinas last year.

Janela was welcomed at NAIA 3 by her father Joy Cuaton, grandmother Teresita Arevalo (who came all the way from Daly City, California to watch the pageant in Cambodia), sister Joanna may and other relatives and friends, as well as select members of media.

Miss Thailand Chalisa Amanda Obdam won the coveted title with Misses Cambodia, Costa Rica and China completing the winning circle at the grand coronation night held at Nagaworld Entertainment Center in Phnom Penh last December 18.

Janela, who intends to take up a business course next semester, was originally scheduled to compete for Miss Tourism International last December 2015 but the pageant was postponed until she crowned her successor Justine May San Jose at the 48th Mutya ng Pilipinas finals last July.

Thanking her supporters for a commendable performance in Cambodia, janela also gave her best wishes to her fellow Mutya ng Pilipinas titleholders namely: Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan who is competing for the revived Miss Asia Pacific International Pageant at Sheridan beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on November 23, Ashley Nicole Singh who will vie for Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International in Shanghai, China on December 18 (Laguna beauty Leren Bautista is the reigning queen), and San Jose who will go for the Miss Tourism International crown in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 31.

Janela is scheduled to be feted with a victory party by the Mutya ng Pilipinas organization this weekend.

Pinay beauties continue winning streak in int’l tilts

Pinay beauties continue winning streak in int’l tilts

LAST month, two Binibining Pilipinas beauties stormed the global pageant arena with convincing wins in their respective pageants: Nicole Ignacio Cordoves emerged as 1st runner-up at the 4th Miss Grand International Pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada October 25, while Kylie Fausto Verzosa clinched the Philippines’ 6th Miss International crown in Tokyo, Japan on October 27.
Last week, two more Pinay beauties closed their international pageant campaign with strong finishes in Cambodia and Malaysia.

Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International 2015 Janela Joy Pigon Cuaton, 19, emerged as 1st runner-up at the Miss Tourism Metropolitan International 2016 Pageant held at Nagaworld Entertainment Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia November 18.

Janela was among 41 delegates who vied for the title that was eventuially won by Chalisa Amanda Obdam of Thailand. The other runners-up were Hang Manita of Cambodia, 2nd; Raquel maria Guevara of Costa Rica, 3rd; and Jia Zijun of China, 4th.

Last November 20, Meryl Anmgeline Villanueva King, 27, finished as 1st runner-up at the 6th Miss Scuba International Pageant held at Sutera Harbor Resot in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
The coveted title of the marine conservation-driven pageant was won by Varsha Rajkhowa of India while the 2nd runner-up was Allie Sun Zitong of China.

It was a near back-to-back win for the Philippines; Palawan nurse Cindy Madduma passed on the Miss Scuba International crown to Rajkhowa.

Congratulations to our world-class Pinay beauties. Mabuhay and gandang Pilipina!


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Kylie Verzosa - Miss International 2016

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Araneta Center, Cubao QC November 18, 2016

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Two more Bb. Pilipinas beauties off to int’l tilts, Kylie and Nicole welcomed home, AR de la Serna off to first Mr. Supranational tilt

Two more Bb. Pilipinas beauties off to int’l tilts,
Kylie and Nicole welcomed home,
AR de la Serna off to first Mr. Supranational tilt
Photos by Joy Arguil & Erik Esperat

TWO more Binibining Pilipinas titleholders embarked on their international pageant journeys, both hoping to keep the winning streak of Pinay beauties in the global pageant arena.

Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational 2016 Joanna Louise Deapera Eden, 19, and Bb. Pilipinas-Globe 2016 Nichole Marie Ramos Manalo, 26, were given a warm and exclusive sendoff party at the Versailles Tent of Novotel Manila at Araneta Center, Quezon City last November 10, with members of the press, as well as the two ladies’ families and friends.

Manalo, a registered nurse and the youngest sister of Bb. Pilipinas-World and Miss World 2002 top ten finalist Katherine-Ann Manalo-Hernandez and Miss Universe Philippines 2009 Bianca Manalo, will represent the country at the Miss Globe Pageant to be held at the National Opera Theater in Tirana, Albania on November 25.

Nichole vowed to do her best, shrugging the pressure for a back-to-back win, and keep the title for the Philippines won last year by her predecessor Ann Lorraine Colis in Toonto, Canada.

On the other hand, Eden, a half-Australian beauty whose mom is from Lucban, Quezon, will gun for the country’s second Miss Supranational crown sat the 8th annual pageant to be held at the Hall of Sports in the spa resort town of Krynica-Zdroj, Poland on December 2. Mutya Datul became the first Asian winner of the international tilt in Minsk, Belarus in 2013.

Meanwhile, Bb. Pilipinas-Grand International 2016 Nicole Ignacio Cordoves was also given a warm welcome on the same event upon her arrival from Las Vegas, Nevada where she snagged first runner-up honors at the 4th Miss Grand International Pageant, making her the highest-placed Pinay delegate thus far.

Kylie Fausto Verzosa, on the other hand was given a (late) evening welcome party at the same venue the following day, upon arriving from Tokyo, Japan, where she clinched the country’s 6th Miss International crown last October 27. The newest world beauty queen will be feted with a welcome parade around the Araneta Center ON November 18, and a three-day celebration in her native Baguio City next week.

Incidentally, the Miss Supranational Pageant has begotten a “brother” as the inaugural Mister Supranational Pageant will be held on December 3 also in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland.

Prime Events Productions Philippines Inc. (PEPPS), organizer of the annual Misters of Filipinas and the local licensee of Mister Supranational, gave Alberto Rodulfo “AR” Yap de la Serna, 21, a warm sendoff at Romulo Café in Quezon City last November 12.

“We are proud of the man that AR has become and we wish him all the best as he showcases to the world the essence masculinity and responsibility as the Philippines’ representative,” said PEPPS president Carlo Morris Galang during the vent.

“”It is inevitable for me to feel some pressure, being the first ever Philippine entry to the pageant, but with hard work and faith, I’m sure everything will be okay,” said the Business Management graduate from Bohol. “I have long dreamed of representing the Philippines in an international competition and I have mustered everything that I needed to do in order to make our country proud. Thank you for all your prayers and support.”

AR’s well-wishers included Mister International 2014 Neil Perez, Man of the Year 2016 Karan Singhdole and past and current “Misters” titleholders.

Contract for 65th Miss U tilt hosting by PH signed

Contract for 65th Miss U tilt hosting by PH signed
Photo by Lito Caleon

IT’S official. The Philippines hosting the 65th Miss Universe Pageant has finally been signed after weeks of anticipation.

Last Wednesday at the Rizal ballroom of ShangriLa Hotel in Makati City, the Miss Universe Organization (MUO), represented by its vice president for business development Shawn McClain, signed an agreement with local partner organizations namely: the Department of Tourism (DOT), Okada Manila, Solar Entertainment and SM Lifestyle Entertainment.

The event was formally opened by LCS Holdings vice chairman Arch. Richelle Singson-Michael, the chairman of the host committee for the Miss Universe Competition, after which McClain formally announced the country’s hosting of the pageant for the third time in the last 43 years.
The Philippines first hosted the Miss Universe tilt in 1974 when the 23rd finals was held at the Folk Arts Theater. For the second time, the country once more hosted in 1994 when the 43rd edition of the tilt was staged at the Philippine International Convention Center.

McClain said before members of media that the Philippines will benefit from the 3-hour event that will be telecast worldwide from the Mall of Asia Arena on January 30, 2017 from 8:00 – 11:00 am where 90 delegates from as many countries around the world will vie for the coveted crown before an expected live audience of 15,000.

“We’ll be showing the world what the Philippines has to offer,” McClain said. “The Philippine government is not spending a single cent. It’s all private sector.”
“The long wait is over,” LCS Holdings president Luis “Chavit” Singson said in response to McClain’s remarks, eventually thanking all the partner organizations that have “committed themselves, worked day and night, even before MUO finally gave their blessing.”
“Not only will this event bring joy to Filipinos with its pageantry, but it is expected to deliver incredible economic benefits through tourism as we are given a platform to showcase our local attractions before half a billion Miss Universe fans worldwide.”
Aside from the televised finals on January 30, 2017, the delegates will also also participate in major preliminary events including the Governor’s ball, National Costume, National Gift Auction and Coronation Ball.

The delegates will visit Vigan, Baguio, Cebu and Davao and other regions.
Singson also thanked the DOT Secretary Wanda Teo, represented by Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre; as well as Okada Manila COO Tokahiro Usui; Solar Entertainment CEO Wilson Tieng; SM Lifestyle Entertainment president Edgar Tejerero; and Terry Alan Farris, managing director of Pass It Forward, the pageant’s philanthropy platform.

Also present at the contract-signing was Mercator Model and Artist Management’s CEO and renowned pageant trainer Jonas Gaffud. Gaffud and his Aces & Queens team have trained 11 Misses Philippines for Miss Universe including Venus Raj (4th runner-up in 2010), Shamcey Supsup-Lee (3rd runner-up in 2011 who hosted the contract-signing event), Janine Tugonos (1st runner-up in 2012), Ariella Arida (3rd runner-up in 2013) and Pia Wurtzbach, the reigning Miss Universe and third Filipina to clinch the coveted crown after Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973.

Miss Asia Pacific Int’l 2016 yields 40 beauties worldwide

Miss Asia Pacific Int’l 2016 yields 40 beauties worldwide
Photos by Joselito Caleon

FORTY beauty delegates from all over the globe will take part in Miss Asia Pacific International 2016 – the revival of Asia’s first international beauty pageant. After a hiatus of more than a decade, the pageant was re-launched, intending to promote the Philippines as a premier tourism destination in Asia and further compliments the government’s program to enhance tourism and its relations with all the participating countries.

“I think what I will enjoy most during the pageant period is getting to know the ladies and their culture. This pageant is not only having a beautiful body and face but also having an amazing heart and graceful mind,” says RP representative, and reigning Mutya ng Pilipinas Ganiel Akrisha Atun Krishnan, a Filipino-Indian sportscaster and Mass Communications student from Far Eastern University, during the press presentation of the delegates yesterday at Casino Filipino Pavilion in Ermita, Manila.

The contestants are: Madeleine Stock (Australia), Lamiya Hoque (Bangladesh), Polli Cannabis (Belarus), Katherine Caceres (Bolivia), Natalie Carriere (Canada), Zhao Le (China), Jose Stephanie Fernandez Peñaranda (Colombia), Felicia George (Cook Islands), Aysel Khaled (Egypt), Pauline Leullieux (France), Mona Schafnitzl (Germany), Audre Lagania de la Cruz (Guam), Qi Kong (Hong Kong), Shiva Srishti Vyakaranam (India), An Nisaa Meidina (Indonesia), Farah Al Haddad (Iraq), Natsuki Suzuki (Japan), Soyeon Kim (Korea), Mony Zreik (Lebanon), Xunyuan Zhang (Macau), Rishon Shun (Malaysia), Uyanga Amarmend (Mongolia), Nan Hlaing Hlaing Moe (Myanmar), Anshu KC (Nepal), Tessa Helena Le Conge (Netherlands), Mondy Laigle (New Caledonia), Amalina Bunyasakdi (New Zealand), Madeeha Naseer (Pakistan), Ana Lucia Leiva Pereyro (Peru), Ganiel Akrisha Atun Krishnan (Philippines), Tatiana Tsimfer (Russia), Maria Platanova (Siberia), Ariel Bi Jiao Xu (Singapore), Achol Arow (South Sudan), Mei Hsuan Lai (Taiwan), Chawanya Thanomwong (Thailand), Sofia Ku Konesku (Ukraine), Kristian Navarre (USA), Hoang Thai Thao (Vietnam) and Nay Chi Lin (Yangon).

Three candidates were named as Darling of the Press winners namely: Nay Chi Lin of Yangon, winner; Natalie Carriere of Canada, second; and Achol Arow of South Sudan, third.
Miss Asia Pacific 2016 kicked-off with a charity undertaking at My Father’s House in Las Piñas City last November 16.

The national costume parade was held last night, also at Casino Filipino Pavilion while the talent competition will be held tonight at House Manila in Remington Hotel in Pasay City.
The grand coronation night happens at Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on November 23 to be aired by Star World on delayed telecast.



Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc., held a press conference at the Versailles Tent of Novotel Manila Araneta Center to officially send-off the lovely Binibining Pilipinas Queens who will represent our country in two international pageant abroad.

The event gathered members of the press, as well as some invited families and friends of the queens, who all expressed their well wishes to the ladies.

Miss Philippines Globe 2016 Nichole Manalo, who was a nurse by profession prior to her reign will vie for the Miss Globe crown on November 25 at Tirana, Albania. She hopes to duplicate the feat of Miss Globe 2015 Ann Lorraine Colis and be given the opportunity to push for universal access to quality health care.

Meanwhile, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2016 Joanna Eden whose advocacy is focused on helping children in need, will represent the country in the 8th edition of Miss Supranational on December 2. The final event will be held at the Spa Resort of Krynica-Zdroj in Poland. Joanna aims to snag the title that was first won by Mutya Johanna Datul in 2013.

Joanna and Nichole received words of encouragement from BPCI chairperson Ms. Stella Marquez Araneta and from their Binibining Pilipinas 2016 sisters. Both of them are optimistic about bringing home crowns for the Philippines.

Wishing both ladies the best of luck!

Photographer / Lito Caleon / Fabmanilaph
Venue / Versailles Tent, Novotel Manila Araneta Center
November 10, 2013



BON VOYAGE AND BEST WISHES! - Nichole Manalo and Joanna Eden

BON VOYAGE AND BEST WISHES! - Nichole Manalo and Joanna Eden

FABMANILAPH wishes Bb. Pilipinas-Globe 2016 Nichole Marie Ramos Manalo and Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational 2016 Joanna Louise Deapera Eden all the best as they embark on their journeys to their respective international tilts.

Nichole, sister of Bb. Pilipinas-World and Miss World tiop 10 finalist 2002 Katherine-Ann Manalo-Hernandez and Miss Universe Philippines 2009 Bianca Manalo, will vie alongsode 50 other delegates worldwide for the Miss Globe 2016 Pageant to be held in Tirana, Albania on November 26.

Nichole, a 26-year-old registered nurse from Pasig City, will attempt to win the coveted crown currently held by our very own Ann Lorraine Colis who won the title in Toronto, Canada last year.

Joanna Louise Deapera Eden, a 20-year-old Australian-Filipino who traces her roots to Lucban, Quezon,meanwhile, will join some 70 other delegates worldwide for the 8th Miss Supranational finals which will be held in the spa town of Krynica-Zdroj, Poland on December 5,.

Joanna will aim to become the second Filipina to win the Miss Supranational title after Mutya Joanna Datul who won the title in Belarus in 2013.

Bon voyage, ladies...bring home the crowns!

Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan guns for PH’s 5th Miss Asia Pacific crown

Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan guns for PH’s 5th Miss Asia Pacific crown

REIGNING Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International Ganiel Akrisha Atun Krishnan will be the host delegate for 50 other beauties who will arrive in Manila second week of November for the revived Miss Asia Pacific International Pageant, which has been in hiatus for more than a decade.

Ganiel, 22, from San Andres, Manila, was crowned as Mutya ng Pilipinas 2016 last July and earned the right to vie for the oldest international pageant in Asia that was launched in 1968 as Miss Asia Quest that gathered beauties from the Middle East to the Far East including Oceania.

A sportscaster (for the FEU Tamaraws in UAAP) and Star Magic talent, Ganiel is excited on her forthcoming pageant. “What excites me is meeting the ladies from different countries and cultures. Miss Asia Pacific International is not a pageant of not just beautiful faces and figures but beautiful hearts and minds as well.”

The annual Miss Asia Quest was expanded in 1984 to include Pacific-rim countries in the Americas as well, hence, the title was renamed Miss Asia Pacific. In 2004, the pageant went global to include contestants from Europe, Africa and other countries outside the boundaries of the tilt, and so it was re-branded as Miss Asia Pacific International.

To date, the Philippines is the most successful country in the pageant, having won four times: Maria del Carmen Ines “Carines” Zaragoza in 1982, Gloria “Bong” Aranas Dimayacyac in 1983, Lorna Villarubia Legaspi in 1989 and Michelle Zulueta Aldana in 1993.

With 3 winners each are India, Australia, South Korea and Thailand. With two titleholders each are Turkey, Israel, Costa Rica, Peru and Russia. Taiwan, Guam, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Panama and Colombia each have one winner.

The 50 delegates will be officially presented to members of media at the Manila Pavilion Hotel on November 17, followed by the national costume competition later that day. The talent competition will be held at Villamor Golf Club in Pasay City on November 18.

The grand coronation night,to be aired by GMA and Star World, will be held at Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on November 23.

20TH APHCA HAIR OLYMPICS – Beauty Showdown in Manila

20TH APHCA HAIR OLYMPICS – Beauty Showdown in Manila
Photos by Edmund Chua & Joselito Caleon

THE 20th Asia Pacific Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association (APHCA) Hair Olympics came back to Manila where it all started in 1997, holding the fabulous beauty and fashion event at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Arena last October 26.

Talented hair and make-up artists from APHCA’s member countries Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China (Hong Kong and Macau), Indonesia, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines gathered for the competition where they eagerly put their best efforts to surpass themselves after winning national selection events in their respective countries.

The grand event began with the ribbon-cutting ceremonies led by APHCA founder and president Ricky Reyes, former Philippine First Lady Amelita “Ming” Ramos, Pasay City First lady Edna Calixto, SM’s Hans Sy, APHCA secretary general Theresa Tham and Senator Bam Aquino.
The competitors displayed their creative talents and expertise with precision that amazed both the judges and audience in the truly jaw-dropping event.

Hair and make-up techniques, originality and creativity were among the criteria utilized by the judges who were composed of experts from the participating delegations.
The competition has two categories: Category A for men’s cut & blow dry, avant-garde color, evening party make-up and bridal make-up; and Category B for total look, nail art and evening party hairstyle.

And the winners are: Taiwan, evening party make-up; Philippines, nail art; Taiwan, total look; China, avant garde; China, men’s cut & blow dry; Hong Kong, evening party make-up; and Macau, bridal make-up. Macau was declared as the overall champion this year.

Category A winners each received a trophy/citation and cash prize of P25, 000; first runners-up each received a trophy/citation and cash prize of P15, 000; and second runners-up each received a trophy/citation and cash prize of P10, 000. The grand champion received a presidential trophy and cash prize of P35, 000 plus a trip to Hong Kong.

Category B winners each received a trophy/citation and cash prize of P10, 000; first runners-up each received a trophy/citation and cash prize of P7, 000; and the second runners-up received a trophy/citation and cash prize of P5, 000.

The international delegates, sponsors and guests also got a special treat from heartthrob Alden Richards who graced the event. Seminars and workshops were also conducted while a trade fair of over 50 booths featuring local and international beauty items from participating APHCA member countries were also featured.

A spectacular number featuring APHCA delegation from Korea, China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines showcased their native cultural dances.
Ricky Reyes turned over the APHCA flag to Eung Soo Kang of South Korea, the host of next year’s event.

The 20th Hair Olympics is supported by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) through the Department of Tourism (DOT), Zen Institute, Air Asia, Skin Care Formula by Dr. Alvin, Philbeauty, Selective Professional, Pagcor and Travelpros.

Indonesia edges out PH for Miss Grand Int’l crown

Indonesia edges out PH for Miss Grand Int’l crown

Photos from Miss Grand International Facebook
MISS Indonesia, Ariska Putri Pertiwi, 21, from Medan, Sumatra, was crowned as Miss Grand International 2016, edging out Bb. Pilipinas-Grand International Nicole Ignacio Cordoves, 24, from Manila, who ended up as the first runner-up, at the international tilt’s 4th annual coronation night held at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Tuesday night (yesterday morning PH time).

Pertiwi, who is studying to be a doctor, was crowned by Claire Elizabeth Parker from Australia, last year’s winner, to become the first Indonesian woman to win a major international beauty pageant.
“Indonesia, we did it!” Pertiwi exclaimed after being crowned as winner.

Aside from Cordoves, the other runners-up were Miss Thailand Supaporn Malisorn, second; Miss Puerto Rico Madison Sara Anderson, third; and Miss USA Michelle Gabriela Leon, fourth.
For the final question, the finalists were asked who they would choose – Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton – to partner with to end war and violence.

Pertiwi said she would choose Clinton, calling her “wise.” Miss Philippines and Miss USA chose Trump while Miss Thailand and Miss Puerto Rico also chose Clinton.

“If we chose him (Trump) on our side, there will be no wars and violence anymore,” Cordoves said.
Miss Grand International was initiated in Bangkok, Thailand in 2013 with a mission to “stop the wars in the world.” It has generated so much publicity that it is already being ranked alongside big-league pageants like Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth.

Nicole Cordoves is the second Bb. Pilipinas titlist to place in an international pageant this year. Last October 16, Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental Jennifer Ruth Hammond placed among the 15 semi-finalists at the Miss Intercontinental finals held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Tomorrow, October 27, Bb. Pilipinas-International Kylie Verzosa will vie for the 56th Miss International Pageant in Tokyo, Japan.

Bb. Pilipinas-Globe Nichole Manalo will vie for Miss Globe in Albania next month while Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational Joanna Eden will compete for Miss Supranational in Poland in December. Miss Universe-Philippines Maxine Medina will be the host delegate for the 65th Miss Universe Pageant to be held in Manila on January 30, 2017.

Mrs Philippines International 2016 Kristine Diane Nagasaka won the Mrs Asia-Pacific

Mrs Philippines International 2016 Kristine Diane Nagasaka won the Mrs Asia-Pacific title last November 2 in Singapore during the 10th Mrs. International pageant. Kristine is a 34 years old and a Japan-based businesswoman from Laguna
Mrs International 2016 is Mrs Thailand. Kristine's Mrs Asia-Pacific Title is equivalent to 1st Runner-up.
Mrs International 2016 marks its 10th anniversary in making beautiful married women to be more confident.

The platform of the pageant revolves all around "Global Aging"
More than 60 women competed wanting to grab the 4 titles each age bracket - for mrs. Category (30yrs to 40yrs) and elite mrs. Category (50yrs and above)

The 6 Filipina Miss International titleholders

The 6 Filipina Miss International titleholders

LAST October 27, Bb. Pilipinas-International 2016 Kylie Fausto Verzosa nailed the country’s sixth Miss International crown in Tokyo, Japan, fortifying the Philippines’ position as the top Asian country in the international tilt that was inaugurated in Long Beach, California in 1960
(Only Venezuela, with 7 Miss International winners, is ahead of the Philippines).

Here is a throwback into the glorious years of our six Miss International champions:
1964 – Gemma Teresa Guerrero Cruz, daughter of journalist Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, was 21 years old when she won as Miss International Beauty on August 14, 1964 in Long Beach, California, where she bested 41 other contestants worldwide, including 1st runner-up Linda Ann Taylor of the USA, 2nd runner-up Vera Lucia dos Coutos of Brazil, 3rd runner-up Tracy Ingram of England and 4th runner-up Maila Ostring of Finland.

A descendant of national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Gemma became the first Filipina and Asian winner of the tilt that was inaugurated in 1960 (won by Miss Colombia Stella Marquez who later married Jorge Araneta of the illustrious Filipino clan and the chairperson of Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. for the greater part of its 53-year history.

Gemma donated her $10,000 cash prize as Miss International to Boys Town and Girls Home.
She won the right to compete for Miss International as the winner of the Miss Philippines 1964 pageant organized by the City of Manila.

Gemma went on to become Director of the National Museum under the Marcos administration, Secretary of Tourism under the Estrada administration, and columnist for Manila Bulletin. She has authored and co-authored 6 books on Philippine history and other related topics.

1970 – Bb. Pilipinas-International 1970 Aurora McKenney Pijuan was 20 years old when she was crowned as Miss International 1970 at the World Exposition fairgrounds in Osaka, Japan on May 16, 1970, topping the field of 46 beauties worldwide, including 1st runner-up Margarita Briese of Argentina, 2nd runner-up Katherine Papworth of Australia, 3rd runner-up Toshie Suda of Japan and 4th runner-up Susan Greaves of New Zealand.

Aurora’s victory was a joyous moment for Filipinos because Gloria Diaz was also the reigning Miss Universe at that time. Her victory at Expo’70 helped attract more visitors to the Philippine pavilion that eventually became one of the 10 most visited pavilions at the exposition.
Aurora had a short stint in showbiz, her most memorable films being “Si Popeye Atbp.” Where she played Olive Oyl to Ariel Ureta’s Popeye; and “Sunugin ang Samar.”
Aurora went on to marry golfer and basketball coach Tomas “Tommy” Manotoc by whom she had a son, ABS-CBN sportscaster TJ Manotoc and a daughter named Mavis. The marriage ended in divorce with Tommy eventually marrying Imee Marcos.

Aurora had failed bids to run for public office; she is currently an active member of Gawad Kalinga, a movement that helps poor families in rural areas.

1979 – Mimilanie Laurel Marquez, was only 15 years old when she was crowned as Miss International 1979 on November 12, 1979 in Tokyo, Japan. She topped the field of 47 beauties worldwide and is, to date, the youngest winner of the tilt.

Melanie was given a rousing homecoming where she led a tilbury parade at Ayala Avenue in Makati City along with her runners-up Anna Maria Rapagna of the USA, Elisabeth Schmidt of Austria, Kate Elizabeth Nyberg of Finland and Hideko Haba of Japan.

Melanie went on to become a successful actress and model. She won as Face of the 80s in New York, eventually representing the Philippines at the face of the 80’s world finals where she finshed as 1st runner-up.

She produced and starred in her own bio-film “The Untold Story of Melanie Marquez” that won for her the Best Actress trophy at the Metro Manila Film Festival in 1987.
Melanie was voted as “The Most Beautiful Miss International” at an Internet poll in 2000. After marrying her fifth husband Adam Lawyer, she joined the 2005 Mrs. World Pageant where she was one of the 10 finalists.

Melanie had six children, including her eldest with former actor and Senator Lito Lapid, and a daughter with businessman Frederick Dee.
2005 – Precious Lara Quigaman was 22 years old when she won as Bb. Pilipinas-International 2005 and eventually Miss International 2005 in Tokyo, Japan on September 26, 2005 where she topped 61 other delegates worldwide for the country’s 4th Miss International crown.
Her runners-up were: the Dominican Republic’s Yadina Geara, first; and Finland’s Susanna Laine, second.

Born in Taguig City, Lara grew up and Biñan, Laguna, and later schooled in Manama, Bahrain and Bristol, England where her parents were working.
Lara eventually entered showbiz where she has done mainstream and indie movies. She has also co-starred in several teleseryes.

Lara married actor Marco Alcaraz on July 8, 2012 in a Christian wedding ceremony at Hacienda Isabela in Indang, Cavite. They have a 3-year-old son.
2013 – Bea Rose Monterde Santiago was 23 years old when she became the fifth Filipina to win as Miss International in Tokyo, Japan on December 17, 2013, where she bested 66 delegates worldwide including 1st runner-up Nathalie den Dekker of the Netherlands and 2nd runner-u Casey Radley of New Zealand.

Bea was the third Filipina to win a major world beauty title in 2013 following the victories of Mutya Datul as the first Asian Miss Supranational and Megan Young as the first Filipina Miss World.
Born in Muntinlupa City, Bea grew up in Cataingan, Masbate and later schooled at York University in Toronto, Canada where her mother was working.

She was named as the Prettiest Filipina in 2010, Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Communities 2011, Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2012 top 10 finalist and Bb. Pilipinas-International 2013 en route to her victory as the 5th Filipina Miss International.
Bea continues to be a much sought-after model and events host.

2016 – Kylie Fausto Verzosa, 24, from Baguio City, was crowned as the 56th Miss International in Tokyo, Japan on October 27, 2016, when she topped the field of 69 delegates worldwide including 1st runner-up Alexandra Britton of Australia, 2nd runner-up Felicia Hwang of Indonesia, 3rd runner-up Brianny Chamorro of Nicaragua and 4th runner-up Kaityrana Leinbach of the USA.
Kylie is a pre-school teacher who was crowned as Bb. Pilipinas-International 2016 at the 53rd national beauty pageant at the Big Dome last April, winning on her second attempt after a semi-final finish last year. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Ateneo de Manila University, Kylie went on to volunteer at the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation where she teaches people about mental health.

With Kylie’s victory, the Philippines now has 15 winners in so-called “grand slam” pageants as follows: 3 Misses Universe, 1 Miss World, 6 Misses International, 3 Misses Earth, 1 Miss Supranational and 1 Miss Tourism Queen International.


Miss Earth 2016
National Costume Competition 
October 24, 2016 
Grand Ballroom, Century Park Hotel

Gold : Thailand 
Silver : Japn 
Bonze : Indonesia 

Gold : Uganda 
Silver : South Africa 
Bronze : Nigeria 

Gold : Mexico 
Silver : Bolivia 
Bronze : Ecuador 

Gold : England 
Silver : Swenden 
Bronze : Kyrguzstan 

Gold : Bahamas
Silver : Singapore 
Bronze : Myanmar 

Gold : Vietnam 
Silver : Myanmar 
Bronze : Venezuela 


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Misters of Filipinas titlists vie for int’l tilts in China, Indonesia

Misters of Filipinas titlists vie for int’l tilts in China, Indonesia
Photos by Joy Arguil

TWO Misters of Filipinas titleholders are ready to go to “battle” as they vie for their international pageants happening in China and Indonesia very soon.

Don Mcgyver Licup Cochico, the 26-year-old Police Officer 1 assigned at PNP’s SOCO Crime Laboratory (Polygraph Division) and holder of the title of Manhunt Philippines 2015, will vie along with some 50 contestants worldwide for the 17th Manhunt International Pageant that will hold its finals at Haiya Theater in Shenzhen, China on October 29.

The two were feted with a warm sendoff party at New World Hotel in Makati City last Tuesday, October 18 by Prime Events Productions Philippines Inc. (PEPPS), the organization that stages the annual Misters of Filipinas and holds the franchises for the two international pageants.

A 6-foot tall “Gwapulis” or “Batang SOCO” as he is fondly called, Don, who is from Sta. Cruz, Manila, will attempt to score a back-to-back victory for the Philippines. The reigning Manhunt International is June Mendoza Macasaet of Lipa City, Batangas who won the title in Bangkok, Thailand in 2012 (No international pageants were held in 2013-2015).

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Vincent Christopher Issen Pagente Jarina from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, will vie alongside 30 other delegates from all over the Asian region for the coveted Mister Asian Pageant to be held at Manado City Government Ballroom in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia on November 19.

The new pageant organization seeks to find Asia’s “most charismatic man” by way of four challenges, a pre-judging interview and a final stage show. The sports challenges will test the contestants’ skills, discipline and athleticism.

Jarina, a varsity basketball player of NCBL for Trinity University of Asia, is a BS Business Management student who hopes to inspire young aspiring basketball players by being a role-model in his chosen endeavors. He is leveling up his mission now that he is competing for an international pageant.

Fabmanilaph wishes Cochico and Jarina all the best as they carry the Philippine colors proudly in Shenzhen and Manado.

PH bets win in Algeria, Mongolia tilts

PH bets win in Algeria, Mongolia tilts

TWO more Philippine beauties won in their respective international pageants in Algeria and China this weekend, bringing pride and joy to Filipinos who eagerly await the participation of Pinay beauties in major global pageants beginning this month, and the Philippines’ hosting of the 65th Miss Universe Pageant at the MOA Arena on January 30, 2017.
Christine Joy Fabros Picardal of Agoo, La Union was crowned as Miss Diamond of the World 2016 at the international tilt held at Sofitel Algiers in Algiers, the capital city of the northern African nation of Algeria last October 7.

Runners-up to Christine were the delegates from Romania and Russia. Misses Algeria and Germany completed the top 5, while Miss Zambia won the Best National Costume award.

Picardal was crowned by Delia Duca of Romania, last year's winner and Romania's delegate to the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant and various other international tilts.

Christine is a multi-titled beauty queen from the Ilocos region who has won, among others, the titles of Miss Agoo in 2011, Miss Rosario in 2012 and Miss Baguio 2014.

Meanwhile, Princess Joy Veliganio Ramos, 23, of Antipolo City, Rizal finished as second runner-up at the 5th Face of Beauty International Pageant held at the Concert Hall & Convention Center in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia last October 8, Saturday night.

Aside from her third place finish, Princess was also voted as the People’s Choice and in Best in National Costume for her Mindanao-inspired gold ensemble created by Weng Alicarte.
The Face of Beauty International 2016 title was won by Russia’s Alena Raeva while the Teen Face of Beauty 2016 crown went to Myanmar’s Chuu Thaint Myat Noe.

The runners-up were: Zambia’s Brandina Lubuli, first; the Philippines’ Princess Ramos, second; Urangoo Enkhtaivan, third; and Portugal’s Natalia Pereira, fourth.

The victories of Picardal and Ramos closely follow the victory streak of Philippine bets in recent international pageants, both male and female.

Dumaguete’s Trixia Marie M. Maraña was crowned as Miss Asia 2016 in Kerala, India last August 18; Karan Singhdole of Sta. Rosa City, Laguna won the inaugural Man of Year pageant in Pekanbaru, Indonesia last August 20; Camille Jensen Hirro of Lubao, Pampanga was 1st runner-up at the 4th Miss Global Pageant at the PICC last September 24; Jeslyn David Santos of Hagonoy, Bulacan was crowned as Miss United Continents in Guayaquil, Ecuador on September 24; and Andrea Tangonan Biondo was 2nd runner-up and Mister Southeast Asia International at the 2nd Mister Universal Ambassador tilt in Surabaya, Indonesia last September 20.

Miss World team visits PGH “Beauty with a Purpose” ward

Miss World team visits PGH “Beauty with a Purpose” ward
Photos by Melvin Sia & Bruce Casanova

THE reigning Miss World and Mr. World visited the Philippine General Hospital’s “Beauty with a Purpose” ward, a the newly-operating hematology and oncology pediatric isolation area yesterday.
Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna from Spain and Mr. World 2015 Rohit Khandelwal from India, together with Miss World Organization (MWO) executive director Steve Douglas, are on the Asian leg of their “”Beauty with a Purpose” tour that included visits to China and Hong Kong, as well as to Korea (after their Manila visit).

Also present during the visit were: Miss World national director Cory Quirino, PGH Medical Foundation chairman Dr. Greg Alvior as well as other members of the board, and Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray who will vie for the 66th Miss World finals in Washington, DC on December 20.

Ms. Alice Eduardo, CEO of Sta. Elena Construction & Development Corporation, donated the P10 million ward for terminally-ill cancer-stricken children. It was inaugurated last year by Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss from South Africa, MWO chairman Julia Morley and Ms. Quirino.

The new “Beauty with a Purpose” ward is now fully operational to attend to 30 immuno-compromised children. According to Dr. Alvior, the mortality rate of the patients has been reduced dramatically.

Ms. Quirino said that they have permanently adopted flagship projects through PGH Medical Foundation and the Tuloy Streetchildren Village Foundation led by Fr. Rocky Evangelista.

Lalaguna and Khandelwal expressed their sincerest thanks and gratitude for the warm welcome they have received from Filipinos during their 3-day stay in Manila. In unfaltering Tagalog, Lalaguna, a graduating Pharmacy student from Barcelona, surprised everyone and said: “Magandang umaga sa inyo, Masaya ako dito. Salamat sa inyo.” Khandelwal, who is from Hyderabad and his country’s first Mr. World noted that Filipinos are the happiest people on earth. “I am always amazed at the warmth and friendliness of Filipinos everywhere I go during my global tour as Mr. World.”

“MWO led by Ms. Julia Morley is always happy to be here in the Philippines, one of her favorite countries where its “Beauty with a Purpose” advocacy come into fruition with well-meaning and well-caring people like Ms. Alice Eduardo, Dr. Alvior, Fr. Evangelista, and Ms. Cory Quirino. You can be sure we will be back in Manila very soon,” Steve Douglas added.

83 beauties in Manila for Miss Earth 2016

83 beauties in Manila for Miss Earth 2016
Text & Photos by JAY PATAO

EIGHTY three beauteous and environment-saavy delegates from as many countries worldwide are now in Manila for the 16th Miss Earth Pageant to be staged on October 29 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City and to be aired on October 30 on ABS CBN, The Filipino Channel and Star World.
The delegates were presented to members of media at the Diamond Hotel poolside yesterday where they paraded in fiery red swimsuits designed by Ricky Abad. They introduced themselves individually along with their personal environmental platforms.

Also present during the event were Filipina Miss Earth titleholders Jamie Herrell (2014) and Angelia Gabrena Ong, who won the coveted crown in Vienna, Austria last year, and Miss Earth-Air 2012 Stephanie Stefanowitz who hosted the press meet.

At the end of the event, the Darlings of the Press, voted by the press people present, were announced. Bronze medalist was Miss USA Corrin Julia Stellakis, silver medalist Stefanie de Zorzi of Venezuela and joint gold medalists Katherine Elizabeth Espin of Ecuador and Imelda Bautista Schweighart of the Philippines.

Chloie Syquia Skarne, Gabby Concepcion’s daughter with Jenny Syquia, wore the banner of Miss Sweden, after winning the title in Stockholm last August.

Meanwhile, Schweighart, a Filipino-German beauty from Puerto Princesa City, has caught the attention of netizens after likening Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in a Facebook live video during a meet-and-greet with members of media and executives of Oakwood Joy-Nostalg Premier Center, one of the official residences of this year’s delegates.

“This is a democratic country,” said Miss Earth Pageant’s executive vice president Lorraine Schuck. “She was voicing her own opinion while you or I may have the same or different opinions as well.”
Miss Palestine, Natali Rantisi, did not show up for the swimsuit event but Miss Iraq Susan Amer Sulaimani did, but wrapped her body in a red sarong.
Initiated in 2001 by Carrousel Productions Inc. spearheaded by Ramon Monzon, Schuck and Peachy Veneracion, Miss Earth continues to build its reputation as the most relevant and worthwhile beauty event in the world, setting a legacy of beauty and responsibility.

The winner is proclaimed and crowned as the most beautiful women of the Earth to serve as a role model dedicated to uphold the advocacy to preserve and restore Mother Earth. This year’s theme is “Continuing a Legacy for Beauty and Responsibility.”
Ong will crown her successor who will be fitted with the newly-polished and modified crown created by Florida-based environmental jeweler, Ramona Haar. A durable metal base was added to the crown's original design from the 2009 edition of the pageant to enhance the crown's general appearance and to have an intimate fit to the head of the winner

Married, single moms vie for Mrs. Philippines Globe 2016

Married, single moms vie for Mrs. Philippines Globe 2016
Text & photos by JAY PATAO

SEVENTEEN married women and single mothers are vying for the 5th Mrs. Philippines Globe Pageant finals to be held on October 23 at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura, Taguig City.
“Mrs. Philippines Globe promotes women as symbols of inspiration through their achievements, charitable acts and life stories,” said national pageant director and former beauty queen Carla Cabrera-Quimpo.

The delegates for this year’s search were presented to members of media at the Patriarch Events Hall in Makati City last October 13 with past and present titleholders in attendance, including the current Mrs. Philippines Globe Sherry Lou Villaseñor.
Mrs. Globe 2013 Sheryl Lynn Callister-Baas, a Dutch-Filipina who has a foundation that helps the poor people in Leyte and Isabela, also graced the occasion.
Ranging from 25-55 years old, these year’s contestants come from diverse fields of expertise: banking, dermatology, aviation, human resource, online business, engineering, events and business processing outsourcing.

They are: Darlene Go Conde, Marjorie P. McMurchie, Brook Irene Rose Cajita, Niezal V. Cayangan, Madonna Caguioa Naval, Maria Giselle Lyn Barrion, Maria Theresa Uhlmann, Annalyn Marie Gayatin, Michelle Duyungan Boyero, Rasha Demonteverde, Timikko Santos, Genieve Uy, Fritzie Lexdy Noche, Coleen Hazel Ramos, Nova Christine de la Cruz, Geisha Marie Muring and Angelica Marie Catangay.

A new title has been added for grabs this year – Mrs. Philippines Globe Classic.
Founded in 1996, Mrs. Globe is one of the biggest international beauty pageants for married women and single mothers that celebrates beauty, culture goodwill, tourism awareness and charitable acts through pageantry and competition.

Bb. Pilipinas queens vie for international pageants this October

Bb. Pilipinas queens vie for international pageants this October

Photos by Edmund Chua & Raymund Saldaña

FABMANILAPH wishes Bb. Pilipinas 2016 titleholders Jennifer Alviar Hammond, Nicole Ignacio Cordoves and Kylie Fausto Verzosa all the best as they embark on their international pageant journeys in October.

The three queens were given a very warm sendoff party at the Monet 2 ballroom of Novotel Manila Araneta Center last Wednesday September 28 with Bb. Pilipinas vice chairperson Conchitina Bernanrdo-Sevilla and member Betsy Westerndorp in attendance as well as their fellow titlists Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2016 Joanna Louise Eden and Bb. Pilipinas-Globe 2016 Nichole Marie Manalo.

Jennifer leaves on October 3 to join 60 other delegates worldwide for the 45th Miss Intercontinental Beauty Pageant which holds its finals at the Stein Studios in Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 15.
Jennifer hopes to become the first Filipina to win the coveted title after successive runner-up finishes by her predecessors Kris Tiffany Janson (2nd runner-up, Miss Photogenic and Asia & Oceania’s Continental Queen 2014) and Christi Lynn McGarry (1st runner-up and Asia & Oceania’s Continental Queen 2015).

Kylie leaves on October 7 to join 70 other contestants from around the world in Japan for the 56th Miss International Pageant with the finals happening at Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan on October 25.

Kylie is gunning for the country’s 6th Miss International crown after Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979), Precious Lara Quigaman (2005) and Bea Rose Santiago (2013).

Nicole Cordoves leaves also on October 7 to join about 80 other delegates worldwide for the 4th Miss Grand International Pageant happening at Westgate Resort & Casino on October 27.
Nicole is hoping to become the first Filipina winner of the coveted crown after runner-up finishes by Ali Forbes (3rd runner-up 2013) and Parul Shah (3rd runner-up and Best National Costume 2015).
Best of luck, ladies! May you continue the victory streak of Pinay beauties on the global pageant arena and the legacy of Bb. Pilipinas’ women of beauty and substance.

Miss United Continents 2016 Jeslyn Santos is back from Ecuador

Miss United Continents 2016 Jeslyn Santos is back from Ecuador

Photos by Joselito Caleon

JESLYN David Santos, the newly-crowned Miss United Continents 2016 arrived at the NAIA last Tuesday September 27, just two days after she became the first Filipina and Asian to win the international beauty title in Guayaquil, Ecuador last Sunday.

The 23-year-old Bulakenya (She’s a native of Hagonoy) was welcomed at the airport by her mentor-discoverer and Philippine licensee of the international pageant John de la Vega and his pageant team and select members of media.

“I still can’t believe I’m back as Miss United Continents! Hindi pa nagsi-sink in na nanalo na ako kasi wala pa akong tulog,” the 5’8” beauty queen said during an interview immediately after coming out of NAIA Terminal 1’s arrival area.

Jeslyn won over 27 other delegates worldwide in the beauty pageant that was launched in 2006 as Miss American Continents, a competition for Central and South American delegates, and re-launched as Miss United Continents in 2012 as Miss United Continents for delegates from across all continents.

A Broadcast Communications graduate of Bulacan State University, Jeslyn covered her face and cried tears of joy when she was announced as the eventual winner, edging Miss Denmark Mette Riis Sorensen who was named 1st runner-up.

Wearing a royal blue Cathy Capistrano serpentine gown, Santos was crowned by last year’s winner Nathalie Lago from Brazil.

The other finalists were: Lopamudra Raut of India, 2nd runner-up; Taynara Gargantini of Brazil, 3rd runner-up; Cynthia Lizeth Duque of Mexico, 4th runner-up; and Rita Silvestre of Panama, 5th runner-up. The delegates from Colombia, Dominican Republic, South Africa and Thailand rounded up the top 10.

Proceeds from the ticket sales of the coronation night will go to the Red Cross Organization in Guayas for the benefit of the earthquake victims of Manabi last April.
As the new Miss United Continents, Jeslyn won $10,000 in cash, part of which she plans to donate to an institution for the elderly.

Jeslyn was a contestant of Bb. Pilipinas in 2014 and 2016. She also represented the Philippines at the inaugural Miss World Peace pageant in Hong Kong last year where she finished as a top 10 finalist and won as best in Evening Gown.