Congratulations to Shiela Teodoro DeForest of the Philippines for winning the title of Mrs Eco International 2019 in Las Vegas! She has added another honor to the country in international pageantry.
Shiela was a Press Officer in Her Majesty’s at the British Embassy of Manila. A former ramp model in Manila and Bodyshots Philippines veteran, she was one of the statuesque models for the North American launch of the Wow Philippines campaign. She later joined Emirates as a Flight Attendant, and subsequently met her husband Tim, who is a pilot for JetBlue.
During the pageant, Shiela wore a blue satin terno embellished with used tetra pack cut-outs as appliques – which won for her the Best Eco Costume award. Her video, which was shot primarily filled in Baguio to underscore the urgency of environmental problems in the northern highlands, won Best Eco Video as well. Among the top four finalists, she outclassed the candidates from Norway, USA, and Costa Rica who finished as runners-up in that order.
As expected, heavy favorite Paweensuda Drouin was named Miss Universe Thailand 2019 in Thunderdome at Muang Thing Thani last night! She will now represent Thailand in Miss Universe 2019.
1st Runner-Up is Miriam Sornprommas
2nd Runner-Up is Thanatchaphon Boonsang
Fahsai was crowned by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.
On a sidenote, I can still remember that fateful night of May 10, 2018 when Paweensuda Drouin returned to the Philippines to judge Mr & Miss Hannah’s World Tourism Philippines 2018. She was treated to a Filipino buffet at La Fiesta by the late Col. Ricardo Nolasco of Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center. It was during dessert when the subject about her joining Miss Universe Thailand 2019 was discussed at length. The encouragement was just unanimous among everyone present – including ‘Mayor’ Ronald Dominguez, Sir Bobby Casa, Ocsalon Ydnar, Brix Vera, Andy Cayna, RL De Leon Lacanienta, Jed Velasco, Lisel Carangan and yours truly.
And the rest is history as Fahsai – eventually encouraged by our own Miss Universe Catriona Gray (who was still Miss Universe Philippines 2018 at the time) – went on to join her country’s nationals.
And now she is Miss Universe Thailand 2019.
Congratulations my dear! I’m so proud of you!
Since we are celebrating Pride Month, allow me to temporarily set aside pageant-related blogs just this once. I’d like to share the TV interview guesting of Angie Mead King on Tonight With Boy Abunda.
But hey, we’re not on totally unrelated territory here since Angie’s wife – Joey Mead – used to be a pageant host and once-upon-a-time Binibini “aspirant”.
Happy Pride Month, everyone!
Priya Serrao is Miss Universe Australia 2019. She is a 26 year-old Law graduate working as a policy adviser.
Priya was born in India and grew up in the Middle East. She moved to Australia at the age of 11 and has been there ever since. Her proudest achievement is completing an internship with the United Nations Development Program in East Timor.
Miss Universe Catriona Gray is back in Bangkok, Thailand where she won our country’s fourth Miss Universe crown last December.
And tomorrow night, she will be one of the judges in the selection of Miss Universe Thailand 2019.
Let’s see who will get her nod for the title.
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel
Miss Asia Pacific International 2019 will happen in Manila, Philippines this coming October 9, 2019.
Looking forward to knowing who the reigning titleholder Sharifa Akeel (left photo) of the Philippines will crown as her successor.
More updates soon!
My running favorites are:
It’s no secret to some that Hannah Arnold really wants to win a good Bb. Pilipinas crown – if not Miss Universe Philippines – in Bb. Pilipinas 2019. She has intimated that it’s like a deal with her parents who spent for her joining – on top of the expenses that come with fulfilling the residency requirements of BPCI. And chances are, she might not return next year if the agreement is to be followed.
But come to think of it, she can do a crossover to Miss World Philippines if she wants to. Methinks it would be best to let the defeat simmer down some more. Who knows, she can convince her folks in Australia to greenlight her second attempt for a crown.
I don’t think it’s just me noticing it. Bb. Pilipinas 2019 1st Runner-Up Aya Abesamis is fulfilling the responsibilities of her non-title placement with good attitude and a high level of cooperation. She went through the media tour with the other Queens proud of her sisters and unmindful at all that – hierarchy-wise – she would always bring up the rear in terms of acknowledgment and exposure.
Which makes me look back to her months as a Binibini this year. Compared to then, she is relaxing quite nicely as 1st Runner-Up to the point that she could actually be a nice addition to the titleholders if only we can turn back time.
I do love Resham Ramirez Saeed. But Aya could’ve been just as deserving of the Bb. Pilipinas Supranational crown.