Earlier in the day, the Press Presentation of the Official Candidates for Mr. & Ms. Republic of the Philippines 2017/18 was held at the lobby and poolside of Hotel 101 Manila where Pageant CEO & President Lynette Padolina warmly welcomed all guests and members of the media who were introduced to the young men and women vying for the titles this year.
This search has been transformed from a contest that used to crown the country’s Miss World representatives from 1970-1976 into a scholarship pageant that provides career opportunities for the winners in the field of business, diplomatic corps, information technology, communications, culinary arts, design and other areas of expertise.
This time around, the competition has been expanded to welcome both male and female aspirants in an effort to unite young Filipinos around the world to uphold their heritage, strengthen their identity and foster education for a better and brighter future.
“Mr. & Ms. Republic of the Philippines is a revolutionary approach to pageantry with emphasis on scholarship for winners and Philippine pride among the new generation of young Filipinos based here and abroad. It’s an engaging concept to cultivate a positive image of Filipinos that they can be empowered with education and create a good and lasting social impact with their influence. The new Mr. & Ms. Republic of the Philippines focused on education, Philippine heritage and strengthening Filipino communities around the globe,” Padolina stated.
The Official Candidates are:
Mr. Republic of the Philippines – Emmanuel Elarmo Jr., Philip Andrew Aquino, Jerome Vasquez, Abegail Feliciano, Jeffrey Montibon, Cristian Jimmy Navarette, Christian Banzuela Padilla, John Carlo Morales, Christian Patrick Suntay, Jay Lester Abrenica, John Louise Peras, Jedryk Costes, Dennis Malones Jr., Mac Ericson Cinco, Willy M. Quinto and Norman Wileman III.
Ms. Republic of the Philippines – Lana Christine Palting, Maribel Angeline Dizon, Patricia Mae Baratilla, Chariss Jedidiah Gusay, Gisele Jabonitalla, Cindy Marriah Dumol, April Liban, Regina Carmela Calma, Princess Joesel Bajamonde, Viana Angeline Lazo, Ma. Beatrix Panganiban, Jan Mariel Torrefiel, Thamara Alexandria Pacursa, Arla Pacencia, Anna Marie Panganiban, Leah Alivio, Adora-Jane Bonadeo, Excelsa de Jesus and Jheian Crizchanel Velasco.
Finals night will be on January 31 at the Sofitel Manila Grand Ballroom, with a Charity Gala scheduled a day before. Five (5) female winners and four (4) male winners will be proclaimed as Ms. Republic of the Philippines, Ms. Republic of the Philippines International and Mr. Republic of the Philippines. The three runners-up on both sides will carry titles of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.