Miss Filipinas Teresita Marquez during Final Rehearsals
The 27 candidates vying for the crown
The crown of Reina Hispanoamericana
In less than 24 hours from now, Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 (check out the crown made by Tauro above
) will be crowned in Sta. Cruz, Bolivia. Final rehearsals are in full swing. And support is coming in for all the ladies. In fact, Philippine National Director Arnold Vegafria (see bottom photo
) is already in Sta. Cruz to give moral support to Miss Filipinas Teresita Marquez.
All that is left to do is wait for the final results to be handed out.
Buena suerte a Teresita!
Manny Halasan made the new Miss World Philippines crown
During the unveiling
During the just concluded Miss World Philippines 2017 Charity and Gala Night, the new crown has been finally shown to the attending guests with Miss World 2013 Megan Young along with Hillarie Parungao, Valerie Weigmann, Queenie Rehman, Arnold Vegafria and Bessie Besana.
According to its creator – Designer Manny Halasan – “it is made of pure silver coated with white gold. The stones are signity, blue sapphires and real pearls.” It was also designed in collaboration with Megan Young herself.
I’m definitely liking this new one. Your thoughts, dear readers?
Some of the candidates during the Charity and Gala Night
At the poolside of New World Makati Hotel
Earlier in the day, the thirty-five (35) Official Candidates of Miss World Philippines 2017 were presented to the media at both the Ballroom 2 and poolside of New World Hotel in Makati City. The beautiful comers jockeyed up for positions in the eyes of the press to get the important attention to ve interviewed and featured in their respective PRs.
Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray added the extra glitter to the event, along with National Director Arnold Vegafria and GM Bessie Besana.
The 35 Official Candidates (with their official numbers) are:
1) Shawntel Cruz
2) Veronica Villones
3) Glyssa Perez
4) Rose Flores
5) Kaycie Lyn Fajardo
6) Jona Sweett
7) Jane Darren Genobisa
8) Nikki Deveza
9) Teresita Ssen Marquez
10) Leidda Paulette Babasanta
11) Gabriela Ortega
12) Henna Kaizelle Cajandig
13) Kathryn Jade Cudiamat
14) Cristina Marie Coloma
15) Laura Lehmann
16) Ethel Abellanosa
17) Jellie Alliana Escandon
18) Angel Alvaira
19) Joanna Rabe
20) Trizha Ocampo
21) Netania Deveza
22) Chelsea Anne Manalo
23) Princess Laureano
24) Zara Carbonell
25) Karren Dela
26) Janela Joy Cuaton
27) Ella Eiveren Lubag
28) Sheila Marie Reyes
29) Krystle Anne Ongjanco
30) Kathkeen Gomez
31) Jeanyfer Ozbot
32) Cynthia Thomalla
33) Noelle Uy-Tuazon
34) Andrea Poliquit
35) Sophia Senoron
The instant favorites from this roster are the familiar names and faces like Teresita Ssen Marquez, Cynthia Thomalla, Laura Lehmann, Janela Joy Cuaton, Gabriela Ortega and Jona Sweett. But a few more of the ladies also drew a lot of supporters from the audience such as Zara Carbonell (daughter of actor Cris Villanueva), Glyssa Perez (Miss Bohol 2016) and Noelle Uy-Tuazon (the Forensic Anthropologist from the US who is now representing Davao).
Aside from Miss World Philippines who will represent the country in Miss World 2017, three (3) other titles will be given away: Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas, Miss Multinational Philippines and Miss Eco Philippines.
Finals will be on September 3 at the MOA Arena with a slightly delayed telecast over GMA-7.
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?
Miss World 2012 Top 15 Finisher Queenie Rehman
Miss World 2015 Top 10 Finisher Hillarie Parungao
Miss World 2016 3rd Runner-Up Catriona Gray
Miss World 2011 1st Princess Gwen Ruais
Miss World 2013 Megan Young
When the new management of Miss World Philippines – MWPO (or Miss World Philippines Organization) held a media conference at New World Makati Hotel last July 7, five beautiful ladies graced the occasion and made the proceedings more special. They all have one thing in common – having won the Miss World Philippines crown in different years with Megan Young successfully clinching the country’s very first Miss World crown ever. The other four are Miss World 2011 1st Princess Gwen Ruais, Miss World 2016 3rd Runner-Up (and the reigning national titleholder
) Catriona Gray, Miss World 2015 Top 10 Finisher Hillarie Parungao and Miss World 2012 Top 15 Finalist Queenie Rehman. If only Valerie Weigmann was here, then the cast would have been complete.
Anyways, the support of the five ladies has given the new management a five-star touch given their unified presence. MWP National Director Arnold Vegafria and MWPO General Manager Bessie Besana couldn’t be happier with the positive turn of events. Hopefully, this year’s edition will be the best to date.
Finals night will be on September 3 with the venue still to be announced. And GMA-7 will be the Official Network.
All in the new family now – The Miss World Philippines Organization
All photos courtesy of Joseph Gerard Jose for normannorman.com
The three other titles to be given away by Miss World Philippines
Arnold Vegafria during the Media Conference
Four titles plus two Princesses for #MWP2017
Miss World Philippines 2017
Miss Eco International Philippines 2017
Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2017
Miss Multinational Philippines 2017
That pretty much sums up the most awaited announcement made during the Miss World Philippines Media Conference at New World Makati Hotel. With National Director Arnold Vegafria and General Manager, the event was graced by Miss World 2013 Megan Young with previous and reigning Miss World Philippines titleholders Gwen Ruais, Queenie Rehman, Hillarie Parungao and Catriona Gray.
In addition, it was announced that the Press Presentation of the Official Candidates will be on August 5. General Manager Bessie Besana also detailed that BYS Cosmetics is the Official Cosmetics with New World Makati Hotel as Official Residence.
For the Top Model Challenge, there will be a Brand Fashion Show which will be open to the public, a Charity Gala Night for the Talent competition, a Sports challenge where the ladies will be divided into 3 teams, Beach Beauty Challenge and a Charity Day (Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center – Official Beneficiary). Details for the BWAP will follow soon.
Your thoughts, dear readers?