10 comments on “Tyra Goldman out, Cyrille Payumo in for Miss Tourism International 2019

  1. I wouldn’t fret about the issue of citizenship as far as this particular pageant is concerned. We have the most wins compared to any other country (four in fact – namely, Esperanza Manzano in 2000, the late Rizzini Gomez in 2012, Angeli Gomez in 2013, and Jannie Alipo-on in 2017) over its 21-year run. And if my recollection is right, they were all what you call “Malay/Southeast Asian-looking” (if that makes sense) and they didn’t have aquiline noses (if that’s even an issue). Most importantly, with the exception of Angeli, they weren’t particularly fluid in speaking English. I’m not saying their responses to questions on stage weren’t sensible, novel and substantive, because they all were.

    What I observed though as commonality (after watching the competition videos on line) is that the Filipina winners all have distinctly calm countenance (gracious and “lady-like” as opposed to being “fierce”) and they were “very present in the moment” during their respective finals. Those qualities seem to be the preference of the organizers.

  2. I laud the new prerequisite of Miss Tourism International for aspirants to be “naturally-born in the country the candidate represents and no-dual citizenship”. Indeed, how can one credibly promote tourism of the country one represents when she was born, raised, studied or maybe working in another country, most likely a halfie, and does not speak the native tongue. It is a common knowledge that these candidates who won the national contests go back to their real country after their reign. It is not only about tourism promotion. In other international pageants of various advocacies, how can one realistically and honestly represent a country — its ideals, views, aspirations, people– when by all counts the country is foreign to her, which she may have resided only for a few weeks to 6 months (the latter being a residency requirement of BPCI).

    • The pathos of it all in the Philippines is that these candidates easily win national contests because they carry genes that easily fit into the existing Western beaurty standard– towering height, pointed nose, fair skin– and they speak fluent English with the foreign twang to boot. This is a patent injustice to the locals who are as beautiful (based on our very own cultural lens), but do not make the cut because they as not tall enough, not white enough, and flat-nosed. Worse, they are mercilessly jeered when they cannot speak in fluent or gramaticcaly-correct English

    • I am 100% confident that Cyrille Payumo can credibly represent Philippine tourism– especially the Christmas festivals and attractions in the Philippines frontlined by Pampanga’s Lantern Festival. I’m also sure she will not commit the national embrassment committed by our beauty queens of not knowing the local term for “World Peace” when this is the most common Christmas catchphrase (i.e., “peace on earth, goodwill to men”) and the most overused reason, no matter how trite, for joining beauty contests (i.e., “for world peace”).

  3. Mutya Pilipinas are you insane this is not right. Ms Tyra Goldman should keep the title and crown. It is not her freaking fault. I hope you will get a good lawyer and sue the organizers. I don’t buy the reasons why they need to take her crown away from her. You have a lot of explaining to do Ms. Cory.

    • Luh, wala naman sinabi na her crown would be taken away from her and that she couldn’t keep her title and crown, hindi lang sya ang magcocompete abroad.

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