Under the new leadership with Ms. Cory Quirino as president, the 51-year-old beauty pageant dropped the preposition ‘ng’ (‘of’ in English) from its original name ‘Mutya ng Pilipinas’. On August 1, the pageant presented its 40 official candidates to the press at the Citadines Bay City Manila.
The presentation of candidates is a culmination of a three-month national search, covering Metro Manila, Luzon, Cebu, Bohol, Davao and even in Filipino overseas communities.
This year’s pageant will crown three titleholders, Miss Asia Pacific International, World Top Model Philippines, and Miss Tourism International. Last year, Sharifa Akeel, the country’s representative to Miss Asia Pacific International was declared a winner in the said pageant.
The candidates are as follows: Jigg Kirsty Ang (Catanduanes), Alyanna Bettina Penales (Bacacay, Albay), Jasmine Eaton (Tacloban City), Mariah Gelina Lequin (Bogo City, Cebu), Amber Delos Reyes (Canada), Ella Cayabyab (Quezon Province), Hanna Jessica Villa (Taguig), Louise Janica Arroyo An (California), Andrea Fe Gomez (Baguio City), Jenieva Basultin (Barotac Viejo, Iloilo), Keinth Jensen Petrasanta (Laguna), Camille Joy Ang (Cavite), Andrea Acibo (Batangas City, Batangas), Karmina Luiza Grady (Arizona), Sandra Jele (Tagbilaran City), Maria Isabel Alves (San Isidro, Parañaque), Tyra Goldman (Nevada), Joi Hunter (Illinois), Cyrille Payumo (Pampanga), April Short (Zamboanga City), Ysabel Napiza (New Jersey), Savannah Rosemary Catayas (Australia), Klyza Castro (Davao del Sur), Christine Longakit (Quezon City), Eiffel Janell Rosalita (Sta. Maria, Bulacan), Karla Claudine Lasquite (Cebu City), Layla Yousif Adriatico (Bahrain), Iana Faye Marie Olea (Davao Oriental), Dionne Sade Nicha (Tunasan, Muntinlupa), Jenny Kim Agasid (San Dionisio, Parañaque), Maricres Castro (Alabang, Muntinlupa), Maxine Nicole Rangel (Padre Garcia, Batangas), Maria Angelica Pantaliano (Mandaue City, Cebu), Lesley Anne Ticaro (Davao del Norte), Camille Maha Marie Rono Fabro (UAE), Irish Silades (Malinao, Albay), Nina Bernedo (Cagayan de Oro), Jaica Zacate (Pangasinan), Lady Justerinnie Santos (Bulaacan, Bulacan), and Stephanie Monique Villavicencio (La Paz, Iloilo City).
Quirino also reiterated the ‘open-door-policy’ of the pageant. All aspiring candidates are welcome to join regardless of their previous pageant affiliations.
The press presentation was hosted by JustinQuirino and reigning beauty queen PaulineAmelinckz.
grand coronation night is set to happen on Sunday, August 18 at the Mall of Asia Arena and will have its delayed telecast on ABS-CBN. For more information, visit the pageant’s official website.