I was fortunate enough to be invited by Gouldian Atelier (Pawee Ventura, Macoy Manlapaz, Mario Bergantinos et al) to a late lunch at Cyma Greek Taverna in Shangri-la Plaza Mall, together with the four Thai beauty queens of Miss Grand Thailand 2014 plus the reigning Miss Universe Myanmar. It was so much fun bonding with these ladies. And despite the limitations in communicating themselves in English, the ladies made up for it by turning up the charm meter even more.
Miss Grand Thailand 2014 Parapadsorn ‘Pla‘ Disdamrong, Miss Earth Thailand 2014 Sasi Sintawee, Miss Intercontinental Thailand 2014 Patraporn ‘First‘ Wang, Miss Tourism Thailand 2014 Warangkanang ‘Ploy‘ Wutthayakorn and Miss Universe Myanmar 2014 Sharr Htutt Eaindra were present. Sadly, Miss Supranational Thailand 2014 Ananya Mongkolthai – who got sick just before the scheduled trip – did not make it to Manila.
But the five girls were a joy to watch and share small talks with. In fact, I even shared with them a small slice of my lovelife in Bangkok which took place many years back. Among the four Thais, Sasi had the most amount of English knowledge so she took the initiative of interpreting my light questions to the rest. Pla, First and Ploy can do simple answers in the same, though.
Not surprisingly, Sharr from Myanmar was the one who had the better command of the language. And given her husky voice and all, she actually comes off as quite smart and sophisticated. She added that watching lots of American movies each day helped improve her English a lot.
I was also formally introduced to Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil who owns the Miss Grand Thailand and Miss Grand International pageants. Of course, a photo op with him also followed.
By Monday, their first training immersion will officially begin at the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan. Photoshoots galore. And there will also be life coaching sessions scheduled in between the various modules prepared for them.
Good luck, ladies! And enjoy your stay in the Philippines! 😀