Of the limited number of ladies from NCR and GMA who got the callback from the organizers of Miss Grand Philippines, eleven (11) showed up for the screening at the 2GO Hub in Luneta Park last Saturday afternoon. No familiar names or faces in the group that would surprise anyone. And there were also no applicants who can be easily identified as coming from either A&Q or KF. But there were a few who stood out and will most likely be green-lighted as the Metro Manila reps in the roster of Official Candidates to be known soon. There were five (5) other ladies expected but did not make it (with valid excuses) and will still be evaluated at a later time.
The screening panel included Miss Grand International 2013 3rd Runner-up Ali Forbes, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Candidate Sarah Jireh Asido, Miss Philippines Earth 2014 Candidate Leslie Pine, Raymond Golez of Sash Factor, Atty. Art Lascano, Mr. Joem Guillen and John dela Vega himself.
The identities of the passing candidates from NCR will be revealed together with the several entries coming from the pageant’s eight (8) regional coordinators by early July.
Stay tuned. 🙂