Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos in China.
Starting this weekend, the 120 delegates of Miss World 2012 will have alrrady arrived in Ordos to commence their respective quests to win the crown currently being held by Venezuela’s Ivian Sarcos. The Opening Ceremony will kick off on July 24 (Tuesday). So after checking on my blog
, it would be nice if you can make regular visits to the new website
of the pageant. There, you can get updates on the goings-on and whereabouts of the ladies. You will also learn that seven (7) hotly-contested challenge events are up for grabs, and these are:
Sports and Fitness
Beauty with a Purpose Award
Click on each event above to know more. I’m not sure if all seven are fast-track activities, so just stay tuned for more details.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ordos City
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ordos City
will be the Official Residence of the ladies while in the host city. If you’re scheduled to go to Ordos next month to catch the finals, it will serve you better to stay near the Dongsheng National Fitness Center Stadium than here.
For now, my understanding is that both Facebook and Twitter are banned – if not super strictly regulated – in China. I am still uncertain if the ban will be lifted while Miss World 2012 is ongoing or only when the candidates are in Ordos. We all know that there will be brief stays in Shanghai, Hongkong and Sanya, so let’s see if online sources can still be gathered from each and every activity this year.
Miss World 2011 First Princess Gwendoline Ruais in a stunning Francis Libiran creation during her farewell walk as Miss World Philippines 2011. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
This is a belated post since Miss World Philippines 2011 and Miss World 2011 1st Princess Gwendoline Ramos Ruais already relinquished her crown to Miss World Philippines 2012 Queenierich Rehman last Sunday night.
But better late than never. I just want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Gwen for serving as an inspiration to Filipinos around the world during the past 12 months. Her memorable 2nd place finish (missing the crown by only a single point) to Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos in London is an achievement that won’t be easily forgotten. And whatever annoying kinks dampened the last seven days of her reign, she still proved to everyone her professionalism and went on to crown her successor.
From hereon, best of luck in whatever challenges and endeavors you intend to pursue. Bask in the afterglow, but push for continued success in everything you focus yourself on. God bless!
Miss World 2010 Alexandria Mills crowning Miss World Philippines 2011 Gwendolyn Ruais (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide)
Here are the nationwide screening schedules for Miss World Philippines 2012:
May 18 in SM Cagayan de Oro;
May 19 in SM Cebu;
May 27 in SM Naga;
June 1 at the SM Mall of Asia;
June 3 in SM Pampanga.
For inquiries, call Miss World Philippines Headquarters at Manila Hotel (this year’s Official Residence) at 527-0011 local 1248. Or visit their website for more details and application form.
Don’t miss the dates above. See if you have what it takes to follow the footsteps of the very first Miss World Philippines and Miss World 2011 First Princess Gwendoline Ruais.
The Miss World 2012 will be held in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China to be broadcast live via TV5 on August 16.
Let’s see which ladies will surprise us by joining MWP2012!
She doesn’t have the glamazonic height of Miss World Philippines 2011 Gwen Ruais, but 22 year-old Stephany Stefanowitz carries a striking semblance to our Miss World 2011 First Princess. Aside from that, both ladies are of mixed (the former is Fil-German, while the latter is Fil-French) race.
Representing Quezon City in the ongoing Miss Philippines Earth 2012, the fashion model-cum-singer-cum-designer Stephany is slowly gaining ground as one of the top favorites in the competition. Will she win the crown on May 27? I won’t give her that just yet, at least not with the presence of equally strong contenders Samantha Purvor, Kathleen Subijano, Glenna Duch and Glennifer Perido. I can concur, though, that she will figure out well in the preliminaries en route to landing a Top 16 spot in a breeze. If she delivers on the crucial environmental Q&A, then we’ll see if her eventual element spews fire, splashes water, breathes air or encapsulates Mother Earth.
What do you think of her, dear readers?
The Holiday issue of People Asia Magazine should be of particular interest to pageant fans out there. Aside from Manny Pacquiao, the crown jewels of Philippine participation in the 2011 international beauty competitions grace the cover. 2011 Miss Universe 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup and 2011 Miss World First Princess Gwendoline Ruais join Manny, albeit shot in two separate covers instead of the two ladies together in one frame. Blame it on the fact that they belong to different groups – Shamcey with Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. and Gwendoline with Miss World Philippines/CQGQ Global Quest.
At any rate, Shamcey and Gwendoline still come from the same beauty camp – Aces & Queens – so don’t go thinking that they have a running feud or animosity. Let’s be happy that our ladies have brought honor to the country – keeping the Philippines within striking distance of being a sash factor in the global pageant arena.
Onwards to 2012 and, hopefully, an even better record for our next beauty queens!
Gwendoline Ruais, Miss World 2011 First Runner-Up
Not to be outdone by the bigger Binibining Pilipinas Pageant, Miss World Philippines
is jumping the gun on the former by opening the search for its 2012 winner. Cory Quirino is launching this early to get a better headstart, aside from Miss World 2012 being scheduled in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China for an earlier date around June or July. Next year’s edition will be tougher since Gwendoline Ruais was able to set the bar high after placing 1st Runner-Up in Miss World 2011. It sure is a tough act to follow, but the challenge should spur the beautiful Filipinas out there to give it their best shot.
So if you’re interested to take part in Miss World Philippines 2012, you can contact their secretariat at (02) 789-4789 ext. 7171 for more details.
Who knows? You might just be the next.
Late yesterday morning, the motorcade of Miss World 2011 First Princess Gwendoline Ruais was finally held after it was postponed earlier this week due to bad weather. From the GMA Network Center in EDSA all the way to the SM Mall of Asia, she gamely waved and acknowledged the cheers of fans, supporters and onlookers along the way. It took all of two hours before reaching the end point, but she never complained. Accompanying her atop the float were the Miss World Philippines runners-up Nicolette Henson, Chloe McCulley and Jaysel Arrozal.
It was a long and successful journey for Gwen in London and now that she is back home, she’s more than ready to face the next challenge before joining Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos and Julia Motley in their world tour come January.
Some showbiz engagements before that, perhaps?
Photo credit: Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide
Gwendoline Ruais, Miss World 2011 First Princess, arrived in Manila fresh and triumphant from London where she achieved the highest placement of a Filipina in the contest since 1973. She was immediately whisked to a Presscon at Midas Hotel (photo above). A day after, she was lined up for several TV guestings with GMA-7 including an interview in Startalk where she detailed her wonderful memories of the pageant.
Today, she will be part of Party Pilipinas. Catch her production number together with Miss World Philippines Princesses Nicolette Henson, Chloe McCulley and Jaysel Arrozal.
Welcome back, Gwen!
Photo above courtesy of Jory Rivera of OPMB Worldwide
The excitement started when Gwendoline was called as one of the Top 15 Semifinalists
The tension reached a more feverish pitch when Gwendoline was named one of the Top 7 Finalists.
The cheering from the Philippine block in the audience got louder when Gwendoline nailed the Q&A.
Many felt Gwendoline was robbed of the crown when she came in as 1st Runner-Up.
Gwendoline is now the highest-placed Filipina in Miss World history since 1973.
In the end, unity among the delegates pervaded as they held hands while singing the MW theme song.
Mabuhay ka, Gwendoline Ruais! The Philippines is so proud of you! Thank you for the honor you gave!
All images above are courtesy of Jory Rivera, OPMB Worldwide’s correspondent in London, who took all risks just to beautifully cover the pageant for all members and supporters.
From a field of 113 beautiful candidates, one lady rose from the ranks and was crowned Miss World 2011 in glittering final rites held at Earl’s Court in London.
Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela was selected winner and in the process defeated a large group of competitors vying for the prestigious title held by last year’s Alexandria Mills of the US.
Making up her court of beauties are First Runner-Up Gwendoline Ruais of the Philippines (who should have won in my opinion) and Second Runner-Up Amanda Vilanova of Puerto Rico.
At the start of the live coronation, the list of 113 was trimmed down to just thirty (30) delegates with the highest preliminary scores and fast-track points. From here, their individual scores were shown on the way to revealing only fifteen (15) names who remained in contention for the crown. Afterwards, the Top 7 were announced and were then subjected to further scrutiny by the Board of Judges with a final Q&A.
Congratulations to all the winners, but most especially to Gwendoline Ruais for being the highest-placed Filipina in Miss World since 1973!