Note: The blog entry below is the full transcript of the article I submitted to Rappler Entertainment about the subject.
“…the differences within generations can be just as great as the differences across generations, and the youngest and oldest within a commonly defined cohort may feel more in common with bordering generations than the one to which they are assigned. This is a reminder that generations themselves are inherently diverse and complex groups, not simple caricatures.”
– Pew Research Center
Miss World Philippines 2021 is increasingly becoming an interesting case in studying the presence of two young (and entirely different) generations of youth in one roster of forty-five (45) candidates. This can be attributed to the fact that – prior to becoming an Official Candidate – the qualification has been set with a minimum age of 16 and a maximum of 28. That is a wider spread of twelve (12) years, as compared to previous decades when the youngest would be 18 and the oldest at 25.
Further to this, the presence of both Millennials and Centennials is cut sharply in the middle. Those who belong in the former are currently aged 23-28 numbering twenty-three (23) in total, with a headcount of twenty-two (22) for the younger ones grouped between ages 16 to 22.
Now what does that tell us? Diverse mind sets can be one clear difference. While millennials enjoyed the rapid evolution of technology on a scheduled basis, Generation Z members are already living in the midst of an “always on” technological environment. This factor plays a role in defining what is most important for each one of them. And if you add pageantry in the mix, the uniqueness gets more clear if you dissect how they are going through their respective game plans in achieving their objective. To win a crown, that is.
There are forty-five (45) wide-eyed Filipinas all vying for several crowns at stake, but none more aggressive as the two highest titles of Miss World Philippines and the newly-acquired franchise of Miss Supranational Philippines. In fact, the destination countries for these two missions are just as exciting. Miss World 2021 will be hosted in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, while Miss Supranational 2021 will take place next month in Nowy Sącz – a city located in Southern Poland. But who’s to be choosy at this point when the six other honors will also afford the winners to travel to such exotic places like Mauritius, Bolivia, Lebanon and Egypt to name a few?
Now who among the candidates have shown what it takes to figure out well during the Finals Night this coming Sunday, July 25 at the Grand Ballroom of Okada Manila? Plenty, I must say. But let us short-list around twenty (20) names – the number of qualifiers who will make the first cut – a mix of fast-track challenge picks and likely cumulative high scorers. According to their respective numbers now:
Anne de Mesa
Dannah Joy Tempra
Tatyana Alexi Austria
Danica Theresa Dilla
Tracy Maureen Perez
Not knowing yet who the actual winners of the ten (10) different challenges could alter the composition above. They will only be announced during Coronation Night. But I am certain most of them will be there.
For the title of Miss World Philippines, the likely contenders are Ganiel Krishnan, Emmanuelle Vera and Tracy Maureen Perez. They each possess the kind of template the Miss World Organization is looking for. At this point, I would go for Ganiel Krishnan. She needs to keep in mind, though, that the two others are very close on her heels. One wrong move (or answer) can quickly tilt the favor away from her.
For the title of Miss Supranational Philippines, the names of Dindi Pajares Anne De Mesa and Kathleen Paton are sure to be considered. Who is the most 100% ready for the Poland assignment? I daresay Dindi Pajares to be the one. She can fly anytime as soon as a Schengen Visa is stamped on her passport.
Meanwhile, Miss Eco Philippines can zero in on Shaila Rebortera, Trisha Martinez and finally, Emmanuelle Vera – my choice to win this crown and go to Egypt. Its Teen title-counterpart, on the other hand, is a three-way toss among Janelle Lewis, Tatyana Austria and Dannah Tempra. This is tough, but I would go for Janelle Lewis.
Bolivia-bound options for Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas – in my opinion – are Riana Agatha Pangindian with Tracy Maureen Perez and Shannen Manzano. The bigger competition puts a premium on the all-around performer, so I’d say Tracy Maureen Perez can fit the bill to a T.
For Miss Philippines Tourism, the possible placers are Trisha Martinez, Joy Barcoma and Danica Dilla. Unlike before, a Lebanon trip awaits the winner, and the classically-beautiful Trisha Martinez might be doing it for us.
For the newest title of Miss Environment International Philippines, signs could be pointing to Ganiel Krishnan, Asha Gutierrez and Gwen Fourniol. Now this being an inaugural staging in Mauritius, any kind of hints on what the organization is looking for still remains vague. I am leaning on the trilingual French teacher Gwen Fourniol. She has that unique kind of X-Factor in my eyes.
And for Miss Multinational Philippines, I am placing my bets on either Michelle Arceo or Shaila Rebortera. The Indian organizers were unable to stage their second edition yet. But if they do, I choose Michelle Arceo as the winner.
Whew! Those predictions can be quite the beautiful struggle, especially if you consider that each international competition has different pegs for the kind of representative who can bring home the victory, or potentially do well in the fight. The final results can go to various directions and/or combinations. But the forecasts above are reasonable and realizable.
Interestingly enough, even the names listed for each title are reflective of the fight between the Millennials and Gen Z. It only goes to show that – while each generation displays relatively different mindsets, one objective is clear – be crowned and not go home empty-handed. 45 contenders have this common thought. But only ten – including two princesses – will get podium finishes.
The Finals Night of Miss World Philippines 2021 will be telecast over GMA-7 on July 25 at a slightly delayed time of 10:30pm. Now for those who want to get first dibs on the outcome, there will be an early live streaming at 7pm on WeTV, ktx.ph and Upstream.ph.
THAT REMINDS ME…
GUYS #NEVERFORGET TRACY MAUREEN PEREZ WHO CHOSE TO WEAR A WHITEWASHED WHITE SUPREMACIST AND IMPERIALIST ENSEMBLE AS OUR NATIONAL COSTUME GIVING DOÑA VICTORINA VIBES FROM NOLI ME TANGERE/EL FILIBUSTERISMO.. REMINDING US ALL THAT SHE IS ONE BIG HISPANIST/COLONIALIST WHO IS IN FAVOR OF THE ENSLAVEMENT OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE!!!
YOU WILL FOREVER BE BASHED!!! 😁
Here are my choices:
Environment International- Martinez
2nd runner-up- Pangandian
It’s interesting that the girls who L allegedly started a drug rumor against (V and two other candidates) are rallying behind her. They’re all friends. Even the org sides with L. Makes me wonder if the B statements are factual.
It was already dubious as to how B managed to get featured by the media, despite what people here say that she’s not worth featuring as there are more interesting and capable girls. And then how she managed to “seek help” from an influential pageant page when her request for a public apology was not granted. It’s all too… contrived. All I’m saying is there’s something about B that makes you wonder how she can so easily play with the media.
I guess my reservations come from a place of not trusting a girl who grew up poor and is still poor yet speaks Tagalog like an Atenista with a twang. What is all that facade for?
Not to victim blame, maybe L did start rumors, maybe the other girls did bully B, maybe L is the org’s favorite. Maybe they’re all guilty. I’m just saying, what recompense is B looking to get by getting a pageant page to encourage followers to attack L & the rest of the girls? And she did not stop there – she had to “speak her truth” to the media, because she claims it might affect her employer… like affect the Congresswoman how?
Rumors die natural deaths especially ones that involve nobodies, I don’t get how broadcasting a rumor like it’s national interest can give B her peace of mind. Things just don’t add up. What does B really want to get out of all of this pettiness? 15 mins of fame? A crown? Vengeance?
The org mishandled the issue by not granting B the apology from L that she wanted. But I also understand the org’s stand that it did not need to be the public apology that B wanted. Why did B want it to be so public in the first place? I’m honestly confused by it all.
B is currently enjoying a shower of praises, with new fans encouraging her to join BBP (despite the lack of height) and L is getting backlash from an IG page’s followers, ultimately cancelling her and calling her names. I wonder how this will affect the assignment of crowns.
I hope the over excitable RJ won’t make a fool of himself in this pageant. Lol 😂
RJ needs a female host with a stronger personality to equal his banter and control him from making himself the center of attention. 🤣
@ Jmgonzalesme RJ was perfectly fine in an earlier MWP hosting stint. Not at all as you describe. You probably had the young celeb in mind. He’s a man now, of course. And both padre de familia and negosyante, I think. So yeah, he’s probably ‘mellowed’.
This was before pumutok ‘yun’g ‘substance use’ issue?… Fine. Uncle knew the ladies in the flesh so he probably saw/knew things most of us didn’t. Malihim din kasi itong Blogger natin.
I will assume MWPO is working around a proposed/target date, kasi as I understand the IATF may require the live event applicant to give a desired timetable; siyempre, hindi lang naman sila ang nag-apply for ‘permission’. Otherwise, baka maghintay sila ng walang katapusan. Maganda siguro kung next month (October), kasi after ng MUP bakante na ulit kalendaryo ng mga fans. ME, I would think may need another month or so to get confirmations from more ND’s. November, pls!
Of course, December madugo na… We end 2021 with blood on the dance floor! (Michael Jackson)
Uncle, dito na lang ako ko-comment about the newer blog post. Related naman.
Kung 26-9, after ng MUP the day before, you can proceed to watch MWP. Still SM Olongapo, po?
Kung 3-10, you can feature the new MUP queens on PN’s on the 26th.
Which do you prefer?
ganiel is too chunky .I go w Vera