Let’s hope everything works smoothly.
If it doesn’t, then watching on the pageant’s FB page or the Youtube channel itself will be good alternatives. 🙂
courtesy of Miss Grand International
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. 🙂
Anyone can tell how tight and special the bond is between the two. And if the buzz in the homestretch continues, Cloie might figure out well in the upcoming finals on October 29 where the successor of Angelia Ong will be crowned.
Some quarters are saying that Cloie is the closest thing to a Filipina going for a win or elemental placement in Miss Earth 2016 (although I will never discount the efforts of our host delegate). After all – while she is wearing the sash of Sweden – we all know that she is full-blooded Pinay with Jenny and actor Gabby Concepcion as parents.
But at the end of the day, whatever Cloie’s achievements are will be on her own merits as she has really stepped up in the game and can potentially be the next Miss Earth if she plays her cards right.
Your thoughts, dear readers? 🙂
My coverage partner Joy Arguil and I “cornered” the beautiful Fil-German lass and took a few shots as she was already wearing her brand-new sash that signifies her participation in the upcoming Miss Supranational 2016 to be hosted in Slovakia and Poland from late November till early December.
Anja-Vanessa is feeling the pressure right now, given the expedited preparations she is going through so as to make good with her representation of Germany in the international competition. But you can tell the excitement in her eyes. There is a twinkle that confirms readiness to prove her worth in the global pageant stage.
And while she may be carrying Germany, Anja-Vanessa remains proud of her Filipino roots. After all, she waited long for this opportunity and will not pass up on being part of a big competition.
Viel Glück, Anja! 😉
The eighty-three (83) Earth Warriors proudly displayed their traditional attires to the awe and admiration of everyone who attended. This is a photo blog of the event so here are shots from the same.
Meanwhile, below is a short video scan of all the National Costume Competition winners from each continent, plus the medalists for Congeniality and Photogenic voting.
Here are my Top 20 Predictions for Miss Grand International 2016:
1) Australia – Dani Fitch
2) Brazil – Renata Sena
3) Colombia – Juliana Florez Herrera
4) Cuba – Merys Navarro
5) Iceland – Arna Yr Jonsdottir
6) India – Pankhuri Gidwani
7) Indonesia – Ariska Putri Pertiwi
8) Macau – Hio Man Chan
9) Netherlands – Floor Masselink
10) Peru – Priscilla Howard
11) Philippines – Nicole Cordoves
12) Poland – Marta Redo
13) Russia – Zatsepina Daria
14) Rwanda – Sonia Gisa
15) Spain – Adriana Sanchez Rivas
16) Sudan (South) – Teresa Yuol
17) Tahiti – Vaiata Buisson
18) Thailand – Supaporn Malisorn
19) USA – Michelle Leon
20) Venezuela – Debora Paola Medina
With seventy-six (76) ladies vying to become the 4th winner of Miss Grand International (fifth actually if you will include Anea Garcia of DR who was replaced by Claire Parker of Australia in the middle of her reign), the odds of choosing the most deserving titleholder has just gotten tougher considering the individual stories and causes of each one of them. Just when everyone thought that this is a mere beauty pageant, the emphasis being given to the true essence of beauty beyond physical attributes has stepped up several notches this year. Pageant owner Nawatt Itsaragrisil of Thailand has instilled stricter rules for this batch to weed out the potential “undesirables”, owing to what happened with the original 2015 choice.
And so, the Top 20 names on my list is a healthy mix of delegates with the complete package, or those who can popularize the brand to more countries in a positive way.
I must admit that the Asians comprise a large group because they have really shown stronger passion and determination to excel in each segment of the competition. But that’s just half the story because the Latinas and the Africans have also leveled up. Be that as it may, cutting the twenty names above in half is difficult, let alone prediction-unfriendly. Because once there are only ten girls remaining, the chances of hitting the right combinations are open to a lot of misses. But I am aggressive in this regard.
So without further ado, my Top 10 Finalists are:
1) Dani Fitch of Australia
2) Arna Yr Jonsdottir of Iceland
3) Ariska Putri Pertiwi of Indonesia
4) Priscilla Howard of Peru
5) Nicole Cordoves of the Philippines
6) Zatsepina Daria of Russia
7) Teresa Yuol of South Sudan
8) Vaiata Buisson of Tahiti
9) Supaporn Malisorn of Thailand
10) Debora Paola Medina of Venezuela
At this point, I will stop arranging them in alphabetical order based on countries represented. With only ten candidates to play around with on my list, the true beautiful colors of each one should make them shine bright. This is where they will voice out their causes and show to the world what lies deep beneath what can be appreciated on the outside. Will long preliminary interviews indicate that one contestant is favored over the other? Or does that only mean that she talks a lot, sometimes to the discomfort of the listeners? Will the factor of being loved and adulated by many count significantly in the final tally? Or will the impressive social network presence of one be the crucial edge over the hot picks?
My Top 5 was arrived at, while considering the answers to the questions above. And while this may not run parallel to the forecasts of many sites, I assembled a quintet based on what will be good overall for Miss Grand International.
Instead of ranking the five, I thought it best to say that any one of them could win the title so it all boils down to who will deliver the best answer to the final Q&A. For personal reasons, I would go for Nicole Cordoves in a heartbeat. But I also know that the four other ladies in my magic circle are capable of pulling off the smartest hat trick during crunch time.
So just to sum up everything, I would love to see Miss Philippines win our country’s first Miss Grand International crown. But to be upended by the likes of South Sudan, Tahiti, Peru and Indonesia will not make me cry buckets of tears. 🙂
As far as my personal predictions go, I still need to review all my choices for each one of them. It really ain’t easy as the individual participation of our representatives cannot be taken lightly or looked at as purely sentimental in nature if included in the final line-up. They are fierce fighters who will not let up in the pursuit of victory.
Who has the best chance of being crowned among them? Who will fall short of claiming the top prize? Will Nicole grab our first? Will Kylie snatch our 6th? Or will Imelda achieve the near-impossible by nailing our 4th on a back-to-back-to-back scenario?
It will all happen next week, dear readers! 😀
“After a decade of hiatus, the queen mother of all beauty pageants in Southeast Asia is back! It will finally be back entirely and will be participated by stunning delegates from around the world like Australia, Bangladesh, China, Cook Island, Iraq, Korea, Jamaica, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Singapore, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine plus more delegates. This year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas – Asia Pacific International 2016 titlist Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan is the official Philippine representative.”
True to its promise, the organizers of Miss Asia-Pacific International 2016 are going full steam ahead with the return of the decades-old beauty pageant that saw an absence in the pageant scene for a long time. And this time around, the comeback edition promises to be bigger and more exciting. The participating countries will now come from different parts of the globe and not just in the Asia-Pacific region or the countries covered by the Pacific Ocean rim.
The competition will run from November 17 (the date for the Press Presentation) all the way to the Finals on November 23. And this is going to be a new experience for a coronation night because instead of doing it in Manila, the show will be held in Palawan – a real tourism paradise of a venue.
“The grand and ultra-glamorous beauty spectacle will take place at the world class and premier resort facility in Southwest Philippines and the gateway to one of the New Wonders of the World, the Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa in Puerto Princeca City, Palawan. The certified most glittering Beauty Tourism event of the year this November 2016.”
And below is a video where she is explaining why she should be selected on top of others for the crown.
courtesy of powerhouseph
Tell me your thoughts, dear readers. 🙂
Arnold Mercado of Aces & Queens (left photo) is already in Tokyo to lend moral support to her ward, along with photographer Jory Rivera for opmb worldwide. And their presence has pumped up our bet even more, knowing that they will be around when she needed their personal guidance during the homestretch of the game.
Below is a vid of our bet as she was shown on Japanese TV.
courtesy of VideosMix-Beauty
Kylie is sticking to her plan of attack like clockwork – from daily attires to mingling with the pageant officials to socializing with the locals. And she does it so well that – from my vantage point – there is just no way that she will get lost in translation, or in the good grace of the board of judges.
Between now and early next week, the delegates will be more closely monitored via closed door panel interviews that will lead to early deliberation for the ones who deserve to be up there on Finals Night.
Will Kylie deliver? I bet she will. If Nicole Cordoves encapsulates her ascent “like a rocketship“, then this Baguio lass will do it “like a bullet train going to the peak of Mt. Fuji“. 😉