Davao City’s Eds Agustin is giving Bb. Pilipinas 2014 her best shot
Eds Agustin (right on the middle) during Mutya ng Pilipinas 2013
You might remember Ateneo de Davao grad Ednornance Agustin sashaying to the middle of the stage during Mutya ng Pilipinas 2013 won by the pair of Koreen Medina and Angeli Dione Gomez. She represented Davao City back then. And if she is fortunate enough to enter the roster of Official Candidates for Bb. Pilipinas 2014, she won’t be alone bannering one of the most progressive cities in Mindanao.
Be that as it may, 23 year-old Eds is going full steam ahead with this new pageant mission. Helped by the Kagandahang Flores team, she is in high spirits and willing to buck all the odds in the search for one of the national crowns.
Eds during Bb. Pilipinas 2014 screenings (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
I have included 5’8″ Eds among my Top 40, and I expect her to reach that spot at the very least for now. If she is ready to step up to the plate and exceed her own expectations, then I won’t be surprised with a better placement.
Angeli doing a quick change for her formal presscon (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Everybody loves a winner. And that was how Miss Tourism International 2013/14 Angeli Dione Gomez felt upon arrival at the NAIA from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she successfully completed a back-to-back win for the Philippines in the pageant. Aside from having an impromptu presscon at the airport lounge, she was also feted with a more formal gathering with the press where she graciously answered all fielded questions with a constant smile on her face.
Congrats again, Ange!
The Philippines’ three titleholders of Miss Tourism International
Unknown to some, Maria Esperanza Manzano kicked off our MTI wins back in 2000.
Recency-wise, we can all remember the back-to-back win of the Philippines in Miss Tourism International
courtesy of Rizzini Alexis Gomez and Angeli Dione Gomez. But in terms of primacy, there was another Filipina who captured our first. Maria Esperanza Manzano was elected Miss Tourism International back in 2000. Little may be known about her whereabouts nowadays, but the former Miss Quezon City (before becoming a Mutya ng Pilipinas winner
) must be living a happily married life at the moment.
But even before the three aforementioned victories, the country has already notched two other crowns from the same organizers back when Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International was still being given away as an independent title and not a 1st runner-up equivalent of late. Sherylle Santarin (sister of the late Bb. Pilipinas International 1993 Sheila Mae Santarin) and Racquel Uy were the winners in 1996 and 1999, respectively.
From the same organizers of MTI, we also have two (2) Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International winners when the title was still independently selected
So as you can see, the Malaysian officials of D’Touch International Sdn Bhd
are really quite fond of our candidates in their competitions. And I doubt if that will change in the years to come. They know that we send them topnotch delegates. And being geographical neighbors also helps in facilitating a Filipina winner’s fulfillment of her responsibilities to the organization.
P.S. MTI2013/14 Angeli Dione Gomez will be back home this coming Tuesday. Hope she will be given a rousing welcome as well.
Angeli Dione Gomez: from Mutya ng Pilipinas to Miss Tourism International
Who would have thought it possible?
The whole country did. Well, most of us actually did.
And Miss Tourism International 2013/2014 Angeli Dione Gomez made sure that she ended 2013 with a big bang of a gift to her countrymen, at the same time ringing in 2014 with our very first international crown for a fresh new period in pageantry. An added icing on the cake is the back-to-back country win in the Kuala Lumpur-based competition.
Mabuhay ka, Kababayang Angeli!
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Miss Tourism International 2013 is Angeli Dione Gomez (Photo credit: Sash Factor)
Miss Tourism International 2013 Angeli Dione Gomez of the Philippines
Up to the fading minutes of 2013, the Philippines does it again!
Angeli Dione Gomez was crowned Miss Tourism International 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – a rare back-to-back win for the Philippines with Rizzini Alexis Gomez being the outgoing titleholder. The reps of Thailand, Australia, Dominican Republic and Malaysia made it to her court. She defeated 59 other contenders for the honor.
And to the Philippines, the undisputed Country of the Year for 2013!
Miss Philippines Angeli Dione Gomez (3rd from left) was named Miss Tourism International 2013 in KL, Malaysia
Who will succeed MTI2012 Rizzini Alexis Gomez?
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Will the winner come from one of the ladies in the video below?
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And will the Philippines achieve an exciting back-to-back win in the pageant?
Tickets for the finals are still available. Just check out the details above.
And if you’re based in KL, you might want to spend New Year’s Eve with the ladies, especially Miss Philippines Angeli Dione Gomez.
Year after year, the Philippines has not really focused much on what traditional attires our beauty representatives will wear in their respective pageant assignments here and abroad. Sure, there is the extra effort given when hosting chores are done locally because the inconvenience of transporting a complex and bulky national costume from airport to airport is no longer a major concern.
For 2013, which among our bets wore the best cultural garb? Is she one of the seven ladies above?
Matet Gorgonio was the original wearer of what Angeli Dione Gomez was seen parading in Miss Tourism International 2013.
I’d say a reluctant yes to Angeli Dione Gomez wearing the innovative Cary Santiago creation during the Miss Tourism International 2013 Press Presentation. Reluctant because our Cebuana bet did not have the full grace and fierceness exuded by its original wearer (Matet Gorgonio) during Bb. Pilipinas 2013. But still, it stood out head and shoulders above what the others were made to parade in this year. Angelee delos Reyes’ warrior-inspired take during Miss Earth 2013 comes a close second, but that’s not saying much really because the concept was somewhat lost in translation in the over-all analysis of the inspiration behind it all.
Truth be told, however, my pick as the Best National Costume for a Filipina rep this year (photo below) was worn during Miss International Queen 2013 in Pattaya, Thailand when Kristina Cassandra Ybarra (who made Top 10) slipped into the most elaborate and most well-carried cultural festival attire. She was at her graceful best in the same. And the whole outfit would really put to shame the ones assigned to the major competitions.
So there. What say you, dear readers?
While the pressure to win the crown and achieve a rare back-to-back for the Philippines in Miss Tourism International is constantly looming her way, Angeli Dione Gomez is still making sure that she enjoys her time with the other ladies in Kuala Lumpur but not to the point of just allowing fate to decide if she will indeed reach her goal (or somewhere near it). She is definitely performing the best way that she can.
Angeli will fight for the Philippines in MTI2013
Our bet needs to do well, in my opinion. Considering that she will already sacrifice spending Christmas with her loved ones back home, there’s no other way to combat homesickness but to focus on the mission at hand. After all, she is doing it for flag and country. And if it’s any consolation, her fellow Cebuana (and reigning titleholder plus surname-sake) Rizzini Alexis Gomez will be around to keep her company, aside from some family members joining her in the Malaysian capital come New Year’s Eve for the finals.
Give it your best shot, Angeli!
Remember the National Costume made by Cary Santiago, initially worn by Maria Theresa Gorgonio during Bb. Pilipinas 2013 and rumored to be the traditional attire of Ariella Arida during Miss Universe 2013? Well, Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2013 Angeli Dione Gomez finally got to wear the same for Miss Tourism International 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that started just recently.
Makes sense to me. Both Cary Santiago and Angeli Dione Gomez are from Cebu, so the former wants the best for the Filipina rep in MTI2013.
And with a back-to-back win looming on the horizon for the country in the said competition, everything is being planned to make sure that Angeli Dione Gomez stands out.
Let’s see what good luck the National Costume will bring to our bet.