Miss Intercontinental 2016: Heilymar Rosario Velasquez of Puerto Rico 🇵🇷
1st Runner-Up: Tracy Silva of Sri Lanka 🇱🇰
2nd Runner-Up: Silvia Commodore of Ghana 🇬🇭
3rd Runner-Up: Floriana Russo of Italy 🇮🇹
4th Runner-Up: Amal Karina Emer of Venezuela 🇻🇪
Heilymar Rosario Velasquez of Puerto Rico draws first blood among the relatively major international beauty pageants this year. She is now Miss Intercontinental 2016 and succeeded last year’s Valentina Rasulova.
Homecourt advantage favored host delegate as Miss Sri Lanka Tracy Silva was named 1st Runner-Up and the best from Asia-Oceania.
As for the 2nd and 3rd Runners-Up, a last-minute on-the-spot deliberation was made after a tie was arrived at between Silvia Commodore of Ghana and Floriana Russo of Italy. Six of the 10 judges stood up and effectively favored the African beauty as one placement higher than the European lass and was therefore named 2nd Runner-Up.To complete the magic circle, Amal Karina Emer of Venezuela was named 4th Runner-Up.
Miss Philippines Jennifer Hammond, who was earlier predicted to win the crown or get a good placement as Continental Queen of Asia-Oceania, made it only to Top 15. Still a noteworthy achievement as there were more than 60 ladies who competed this year. I was initially thinking that Miss Thailand Attitaya Kulsunphat would be favored somehow as a way of bringing some joy to the Thais who are in mourning right now due to the death of their King. But then again, the host country was given the edge. Their rep is fine actually (I even had her in my Top 10) so I wasn’t really feeling that glum. Nonetheless, this should have been the year for the World Beauty Organization to recognize the efforts of the Philippines which has already registered wins in all the major league competitions. Alas, it still wasn’t meant to happen.
Many people are crying that the country should stop sending Filipinas to this pageant. But this is a matter that is not as easy as it appears to be. There are factors (we are not privy to) that need to be studied first before jumping off the ship. And besides, an agreement between BPCI and World Beauty Organization is still existing. I will try to dig deeper into this part.
For now, let us congratulate all the victors. At the end of the day, you win some, you lose some. Good thing we already got all the important crowns we want. Back to the drawing board to review what to do and who to send in 2017. 😉