Arnold Vegafria and Arnold Mercado
Time for a quick break from the #Binibinis:
Now it can be told.
Two #Arnolds are now running Miss World Philippines Organization.
With Arnold Vegafria as the National Director, Arnold Mercado has taken the place of Bessie Besana – who posted his farewell message on social media last week – as General Manager.
I’m pretty sure that something big is in the works for the group this year!
Looking forward to the Presscon next week for the official announcement.
Arnold Vegafria and Arnold Mercado
At the Patricia Hall of Annabel’s Restaurant earlier, Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez was given her proper send-off to Miss World 2018 before departing for Sanya, China via Guangzhou this coming Saturday at 2:30am.
Attending the event are National Director Arnold Vegafria, General Manager Bessie Besana, Miss Eco International Philippines Maureen Montagne, Miss Multinational Philippines Kimi Mugford and 1st Princess Chanel Morales. Also joining the panel are Katja’s beloved grandparents Jack and Sonia who gave heartfelt wishes for their granddaughter.
When asked about facial comparisons to former Miss World titleholder Priyanka Chopra, Katja has this to say:
From all of us here at normannorman.com, best wishes for a successful mission in Miss World 2018!
This coming weekend, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2018 Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez will be departing for Sta. Cruz, Bolivia via NYC to represent the Philippines in Reina Hispanoamericana 2018 where she will have the challenging task of going for a back-to-back win in the international tilt since the reigning titleholder is Teresita Ssen Marquez. She was in high spirits all throughout the sendoff hosted by National Director Arnold Vegafria and Miss World Philippines General Manager Bessie Besana at Annabel’s Restaurant.
Aside from advocating to promote the Hispanic culture during the actual period of beauty battle (and hopefully longer if she wins the crown for the Philippines once more), Alyssa will continue to support her Gentle Hands Inc. – an organization that helps improve the lives of children who come from situations of crisis, trauma and abuse.
Alyssa was joined in the sendoff by two of her “sisters” – Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez and 1st Princess Chanel Morales.
Her National Costume will be executed by Maestro John, while Designer Benj Leguiab IV will be doing her competition evening gown once more.
Alyssa will be flying to Sta. Cruz, Bolivia by her lonesome, but remains undaunted by the long-haul flight segments because she will take those opportunities to get much-needed sleep. She has barely two weeks of preparation, after all.
She has brushed up on her conversational Spanish and has prepared a medley of Spanish songs to sing during the TV Presentation of the candidates as part of the pre-pageant activities.
From all of us here at normannorman.com, buenas suerte!
Yesterday’s Press Presentation of Miss World Philippines 2018 at the Vestibule Bar of Resorts World Manila was made more lively with the presence of fan groups who actively cheered for their favorites. Aside from a big turnout from members of the media, the supporters of popular joiners Katarina Rodriguez, Pearl Hung and Kim de Guzman were allowed entry. And it really made the proceedings even more unique as compared to the other national pageants.
National Director Arnold Vegafria even hinted during the open mic session that they are in negotiations for two (2) more international pageant franchise that would effectively raise the number of crowned winners to six (6). Between now and the first week of October, he stated that the new titles will be known through their social media page.
General Manager Bessie Besana proudly announced the talent qualifiers as well – Alyssa Alvarez, Danica Reynes, Angeline Santos, Kimi Mugford, Crystal Freedman, Rose Murphy and Paulina Labayo.
And as expected, the loudest cheers were reserved for Katarina Rodriguez who was visibly elated with the presence of her loyal support group.
Finals will be held at the MOA Arena on October 7. But before that date, the ladies will have several pre-pageant activities including a trip to El Nido, Palawan for the Swimsuit and Beach Beauty competitions, a Charity Gala where the Talent Finalists will perform and numerous public appearances for sponsors and the charity beneficiary of the organization.
More about Miss World Philippines 2018 soon!
Individual headshots of the Official Candidates courtesy of Mark Neto Diaz
Earlier at the Vestibule Bar of Resorts World Manila, the sixteen (16) Official Candidates of Mr. World Philippines 2018 were introduced to members of the media in a Press Presentation presided by MWP National Director Arnold Vegafria, General Manager Bessie Besana and RW Manila Corporate Communications Dorector Joee Guilas (co-presenter of the pageant). The hopefuls are vying to become the country’s representatives in the international competitions of Mr World 2019, Mr Supranational 2018 and Mr Eco International 2019 that will be hosted in the Philippines, Poland and Egypt, respectively. The attendees were also told that two (2) more titles are very likely to be handed out on finals night as soon as franchise negotiations are finalized.
The Official Candidates are:
#1 Karl Louie Aragon
#2 Denver Hernandez
#3 Mark Jero Bagaporo
#4 Robin Hanrath
#5 Mark Comiso
#6 Joy Jerome Evangelista
#7 Abdullah Sharif Cheng
#8 Marco Poli
#9 Ameen Sardouk
#10 Ricardo De Jesus Jr
#11 Wilfred Placencia Jr
#12 Joshua Reginald Banatin
#13 Miguel De Castro
#14 JB Saliba
#15 Reymart Regis
#16 EmirDon Abbo
Finals Night will be on September 15 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater At Resorts World Manila. Below are my Top 5 Favorites to win the titles at stake:
Wilfred Placencia Jr
Earlier at the Diplomatic Hall of Marriott Hotel Manila, Mr. World 2018 got its proper media launch with the presence of Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhilar, Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal, MWO’s Steve Douglas, MWPO’s Arnold Vegafria and Bessie Besana and Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann.
The ssarch for the World’s Most Desirable Man – originally scheduled for a September, 2018 finals – has now been moved to January 27, 2019 at the Resorts World Manila to give the host country more time to prepare for the next edition which promises to have at least a hundred male delegates. Big number for a Male pageant!
Here are more photos from the said launch.
For more information about Mister World, you can log on to http://www.mrworld.tv.
And our Miss Eco International 2018 Cynthia Magpatoc Thomalla has finally returned home fresh from her victory in Egypt.
With her upon arrival is Miss World Philippines Organization Head Arnold Vegafria and General Manager Bessie Besana. Rodgil Flores of KF was also at the VIP Lounge of NAIA Terminal 1 to meet up with our successful Queen.
Welcome back, Thia!
Mabuhay ka! 🇵🇭👑