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.
It took quite a while before choosing the Top 15.
The Coronation Night of the Binibinng Pilipinas and Miss Universe Philippines 2019 is set to happen tomorrow, June 9 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with 40 gorgeous candidates coming from all over the country to compete for six titles at stake.
After watching the ‘free speak’ competition, here are the names of the Top 15, the final cut to which the six titles and two runners-up are going to come from.
Listed in alphabetical order (based on their respective cities or provincial representations) and are grouped in fives:
To know more about the pageant and other candidates, visit its official website.
In the recently concluded Miss World 2014, held at ExCel London Exhibition and Convention Centre in London on December 14 as it crowned South Africa’s Rolene Strauss as the title holder; it failed the Philippines’ delegate Valerie Weigmann to duplicate her fellow Filipina’s success (Megan Young), who was crowned the previous year.
The 25-year-old Filipina-German beauty queen who made it to as one of the Top 10 in ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ didn’t quite impress the rest of the judges for her to advance to the next round of the competitions. She was among the Top 25 finalists along with the beauties from Bolivia, Brazil, People’s Republic of China, Dominican Republic, England, Mexico, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Sudan, Vietnam, Finland, Ghana, Kenya, Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, and United States.
However, when the Top 10 was announced, Weigmann failed to make the cut. Why is it so? Pageant aficionados in the country had various reactions and observations and one of which is Weigmann’s gown.
For me, here are my observations…
She doesn’t look Pinay.
If Weigmann gets to stand side by side with other European beauties, she won’t stand out. She doesn’t uniquely exude the kind of beauty that most of the Philippines crowned queens would still be identified as ‘very’ Filipina.
Unlike Weigmann, Megan Young still is Filipina-looking despite her being half-American. Even the newly-crowned Miss Earth 2014, who is also a Fil-Am—Jamie Herrell, when you look at her in most angles—the Cebuana is very much Filipino-looking.
Back in 1993, when Ruffa Gutierrez placed Second Princess to Miss Jamaica; she stood out because she has that certain X-Factor and traces of being a Filipina is still very much evident in her features.
She speaks Too Fast.
Based on the video when she was presenting her advocacy for the finalists of ‘Beauty with a Purpose’—Valerie spoke too fast and wasn’t conscious about her pronunciation and enunciation.
English may not be her first language, but she should have been trained on how to say her words with precision especially in emphasizing a particular word in order to make an impact and great impression. On the other hand, when Young competed in the same beauty tilt—she exuded confidence overall.
Back then, she speaks clearly; beaming with so much confidence. Apart from that, she only chose to use the right words to create the needed impact with her advocacy, which Valerie hasn’t perfected.
Has No Queenly-bearing.
If we try to compare Megan Young and Rolene Strauss, both walk, talk, and even stand with such queenly-bearing. They both carried well their gowns. When both Megan and Rolene smile, it is obvious that they were not faking it or probably didn’t get to force it—just to make an impression.
Margie Moran when she won Miss Universe 1973—she was even predicted that she would win the title—it’s because her totality as a woman and as an ambassador of goodwill for the Philippines have further earned the respect of a goddess.
Perhaps, the next time when the Philippines get to send a candidate—these three traits should be part of the criterion.