First off, let me quote the news report made by Bangkok Post on the recent win of Mareeya Poonlertlarp as Miss Universe Thailand 2017:
25-year-old Mareeya Poonlertlarp, a half-Thai, half-Swedish model, was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2017 at Siam Paragon Hall on Saturday night. 183cm tall, the postgraduate in marketing from the Stockholm Business School is said to be fluent in four languages – Thai, Swedish, English and Mandarin. She won 1 million baht, a diamond tiara and a car, as well as the trophy. She is now set to represent Thailand at the international Miss Universe 2017 pageant in Las Vegas this coming November. First runner-up Supaporn Litiphruek received half a million baht, and joint second runners-up Suraphuen Artkongharn, Ratchanok Nawaset and Paweensuda Du-uen each pocketed 150,000 baht. Chalita Suansane, Miss Universe Thailand 2016, was also on stage. Chalita finished in the top six in the global Miss Universe competition – Thailand’s greatest success since Porntip Nakhirankanok won the Miss Universe title back in 1988.
What are your thoughts about Mareeya now, dear readers? Pageant fans are saying that Thailand has a very good chance of winning their 3rd Miss Universe crown with this Thai/Swedish beauty. Agree or close to agreeing? 🙂
Miss Universe Thailand 2017 and her court
Only normannorman.com and Rappler (c/o Voltaire Tayag) were allowed access to the MWP2017 Final Screening
During today’s full day of Miss World Philippines 2017 Final Screening, your blogger was given access – alongside Voltaire Tayag of Rappler – to the entire proceedings at the Ballroom 3 and Balcony 1 of New World Hotel Makati City. I was able to meet the fifty-five (55) short-listed aspirants from where the thirty-four (34) Official Candidates were selected by a panel made up of National Director Arnold Vegafria, former titleholders Gwen Ruais and Queenie Rehman plus General Manager Bessie Besana and a number of the organization’s officers. It was not an easy task trimming down the ladies after they went through casual interviews, swimsuit round and long gown presentation.
All throughout, the ladies were identified by numbers which made it difficult for myself to gather all their names in one go. So without further ado, here are the Official Candidates of Miss World Philippines 2017 with their names included in progress:
The Official Candidates of MWP2017 with National Director Arnold Vegafria
Princess Marquez Laureano
Cynthia Magpatoc Thomalla
Teresita Ssen Marquez
Janela Joy Cuaton
Henna Kaizzelle Nicole Cajandig
Gabriela Madarieta Ortega
Ella Eiveren Lubag
Sheila Marie Reyes
Leidda Paulette Babasanta
Kaycie Lyn Fajardo
Jane Darren Genobisa
Trizha Bartolome Ocampo
Krystle Anne Ongjanco
Kathryn Jade Cudiamat
Christine Angel Alvaira
Kathleen Tagle Gomez
Any reactions so far, dear readers?
Egypt, Vietnam and Palestine finished 1-2-3 in Man of the World
An Egyptian model based in Manila is the big winner of the inaugural edition of Man of the World The Pageant during the finals held at One Esplanade last night. Mustafa Galal Mohammed Elezali defeated twenty seven other candidates for the title. Nguyen Huu Long of Vietnam came close by getting 1st Runner-Up, while Abou Sahyoun Wassim of Palestine completed the podium finishers by claiming 2nd Runner-Up honors.
The Philippine entry, Chris Dulagan finished in the Top 10 and was the recipient of the Fast-Track People’s Choice Award.
Congratulations to all the winners!
This is one of those bubble-bursting updates, unfortunately.
It only took my last blog post about Miss Globe 2015 Ann Colis to finally break her silence regarding Miss World Philippines 2017 and her talked-about joining. She personally called me up to explain matters very thoughtfully. We had quite an enlightening conversation. Afterwards, I asked her to come up with her official statement on the matter.
“I have considered and still continue to entertain the possibility of joining Miss World Philippines. But 2017 is definitely a no-go because of all my current plans to further pursue my modeling career in the US. Actually, I will be moving to New York City in a month or so to explore more career options out there. And at 24, I really need to do this – travel and get possible projects that would hopefully give me reasons to stay on as an international model. I will be in Toronto soon to judge Miss Globe Canada (and Miss Globe 2017 eventually), but that’s the farthest I plan to get involved in pageantry this year.
By 2018, that is the time when I will definitely sit down and make that one final decision to sign up for Miss World Philippines – a big move that will make all fans and supporters happy. Fingers crossed!
I know that my followers have already started building me up in social media as one of this year’s aspirants. But I sincerely hope that you will still be there with me next year once I focus on joining MWP. By then, it will be a “now-or-never” proposition, and your continuous rally behind my back is something to keep me up and running for another crown.”
Best in Regional Costume Crystal Alday of Camarines Sur
1st Runner-Up Alyssa Joreen Reyes of Lemery, Batangas
2nd Runner-Up Nicole Kristel Losloso of Southern Luzon
All in one frame now, the three winners of the Regional Costume Competition of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017
Last night’s Regional Costume Competition of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 at The Plaza of Resorts World Manila showed how world-class the talent of the Filipino designers are with the thirty candidates parading in attires that could only be described as inspiring and awe-inspiring.
Designer Louis Pangilinan was the big winner as his creations won top spot and 1st Runner-Up courtesy of Crystal Rosehelly Alday of Camarines Sur and Alyssa Joreen Reyes of Lemery, Batangas respectively. 2nd Runner-Up Nicole Kristel Losloso of Southern Luzon was dressed up in a painstakingly finished output from Quezon-based Jojo Alidio.
They finished on top, but I have to doff my hat as well to the other creative geniuses who shared their talents like Edwin Uy, Leo Almodal, Sony Boy Mindo, Manny Halasan, Rian Fernandez, Jun-G Candelario, John Cliff, Cheistopher Ledesma and more.
If we are to go by interpretation of captions, then one of the latest uploads of Bb. Pilipinas Tourism turned Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2015 and Miss Globe 2015 Ann Colis is indicative of the next step she is very likely to take – “Eyes on the Prize 🌏”.
For the past week now, Ann has been dilly-dallying on finally answering my questions sent via private messages. And I gave her all the room to contemplate on the matter. If she was able to (very discretely) beat the July 22 deadline for Miss World Philippines, then I will definitely see her screening this weekend alongside the other hopefuls.
What’s your take on the possible crossover of Ann Colis, dear readers? Do the rewards far outweigh the risks? 🙂
Now here’s another showbiz personality who is being talked about as joining Miss World Philippines 2017. An ABS-CBN talent, Ria Atayde is the daughter of character actress Sylvia Sanchez and sister of the relatively more familiar Arjo Atayde (who recently played Rocky Gathercole on MMK). It has already been told before that this beautiful lass is keen on setting foot in the world of pageantry where she can establish her own mark more clearly, as well as getting a national crown that would hopefully line her up with the likes of Pia Wurtzbach and company.
Here is Ria during her guesting on TWBA with Boy Abunda:
Your thoughts on Ria Atayde, dear readers?
Jannie Alipo-on was named Mutya ng Hannah’s
Over the weekend, the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 Swimsuit Competition was held at Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. The event was originally intended to unfold at the Premium Suites Poolside Area. But the uncooperative rains prompted the organizers to set up indoors at the Convention Hall. Other than that, the event went well as the thirty candidates presented themselves in two-piece swimsuits from Dollfins Swimwear, with Designer Sony Boy Mindo doing the Resort Wears for the second segment of the evening.
New leaders have emerged as Savannah Gankiewicz of Hawaii (fondly called “Moana” by the other candidates) zoomed her way to the top of the scoresheets and was named Best in Swimsuit. On the other hand, repeater Jannie Alipo-on of Navotas City is starting to show that 3rd time could be a charm after bagging both Best in Resort Wear and Mutya ng Pilipinas Hannah’s. Both ladies did very well during the preliminary judging interviews the night before and appear to be headed for front-runner status in the thick of the fight for the three crowns at stake.
Other ladies who did well were Lian Enumerable of Negros Island Region who was chosen as Mutya Photogenic, with Arianne Viardo of Pampanga and Suzanne Perez of California getting 2nd Runner-Up positions in the Swimsuit and Hannah’s categories, respectively.
Savannah Gankiewicz of Hawaii was adjudged Best in Swimsuit
Onwards now to the Regional Costume Competition which will be held at The Plaza of Resorts World Manila tomorrow night at 6pm.
Glyssa Perez: Miss World Philippines 2017 aspirant
Soon, Glyssa Perez will step out of the shadow of her famous cousin – Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina – and create her own identity as the beauty who will endeavor to conquer Miss World Philippines 2017. She has paid her pageant dues as Miss Bohol 2016 after serving one full year of reign and relinquishing the crown just last weekend to her new successor.
Glyssa may have spent a good period of her growing up years Down Under. But she wants more than anything else to be the pride of the country of her roots. So she planned her route towards a national crown the long way. She has localized herself enough to lay claim for an honor that would allow for a potential representation in an international competition. And this coming weekend, we will see if she has it in her fate to soar higher and hopefully zero in on more than just a Princess tag in the nationals.
Best of luck to you, Glyssa!