Japan, or the International Beauty Congress, has given the Philippines five (5) Miss International crowns in its long pageant history with the latest happening only last 2013. Is the group ready to bestow a 6th win to the country this year? We have a fierce and determined representative in Kylie Verzosa and I don’t see why not. She has the face that can easily charm the Japanese, and add to that her confident self, the chances are not far-fetched. That is, unless ten (10) of her fellow candidates can help it.
You see, one or more of the following ladies might pull the rug from right under Kylie’s nose if she is caught unguarded when it most matters most.
1) Poland – Magdalena Bieńkowska
2) Indonesia – Felice Hwang
3) UK – Romy Simpkins
4) USA – Kaityrana Leinbach
5) Mexico – Geraldine Ponce
6) Venezuela – Jessica Duarte
7) Hawaii – Guinevere Davenport
8) Nicaragua – Brianny Chamorro
9) Moldova – Alina Kirchiu
10) Canada – Amber Bernachi
Outside the Philippines (1964, 1970, 1979, 2005, 2013) and Japan (2012), no other Asian country has ever won this crown. So it will be keenly watched if the second strongest contender – Felice Hwang of Indonesia – on my list will be strong enough to join them. But ahead of her is Magdalena Bieńkowska is likely to be a mightier match for our bet. We all know that Poland is one of two best-performing European nations in MI history so there is also the possibility of rewarding them with their 4th since the last came fifteen years ago. The “double Uniteds” are also forces to be reckoned with – Romy Simpkins of United Kingdom and Kaityrana Leinbach of the USA. Along with Kylie, they are my Top 5 for the highest spots. One of them could be Thursday night’s big winner.
Personally, the spoiler chances of Mexico’s Geraldine Ponce and Venezuela’s Jessica Duarte are still looming in the horizon, especially the latter who’s such a warm and gracious lady who can be a deserving successor of her compatriot Edymar Martinez. But as I have just stated, they are deemed spoilers in my opinion.
Bottomline is this. Kylie Verzosa is my sentimental favorite to win. But her grasp on the crown is not as firm as everyone would hope it to be. I will wholeheartedly accept the fate given to her for as long as she is made to be part of the magic circle. Because that is where she rightfully belongs. 🙂