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
The Sports Challenge Finalists
One of them will win the Sports Fast-Track
During yesterday’s Sports Challenge of Miss World Philippines 2017 at the Victoria Sports Tower in QC, the 35 candidates were divided into 5 groups of seven and competed in an assortment of sports and physical activities that tested the endurance and sportsmanship of each one. The events went from shooting basketball hoops to kicking footballs to properly performing sit-ups and leg squats to swimming relays. In the end, one team – the World Warriors – prevailed over the rest as each of their members were named finalists for the fast-track event. They are Ethel Abellanosa, Cynthia Thomalla, Glyssa Perez, Shawntel Cruz, Veronica Villones, Joanna Rabe and Nikki Deveza.
The whole activity was hosted by Miss World Philippines 2015 Hillarie Parungao and GM Bessie Besana. Below is a video of the winning team’s group cheerleading performance prior to the physical tests.
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?
As some of you may know by now, the Final Screening of Miss World Philippines 2017 will take place this coming Saturday, July 29. I am not at liberty to share the exact venue first since it will be a closed-door activity with restricted access.
Miss World Philippines Organization General Manager Bessie Besana has already given out clues to the bullet profiles of the ladies who managed to submit their application forms before the end of the day last July 22. And one of the more obvious references is former Binibini Teresita Ssen Marquez who is classified as “actress and niece of a Miss International”. Can it get any clearer than that description?
Anyways, we all know that Wyn-Wyn is definitely aspiring to become a certified beauty queen and Miss World Philippines could be the most appropriate venue for her to do so. Will she finally show up and screen for this one?
Your thoughts, dear readers?
Details for Miss World Philippines 2017
July 22, 2017 is the deadline of submission for entries to be part of Miss World Philippines 2017
. Miss World Philippines Organization (MWPO) General Manager Bessie Besana has already received a very encouraging number of applications and it will all be revealed before the end of this month as to who will make it to the final screening as well as become Official Candidates for this edition.
Refer to the image above (or the video below) for details regarding qualifications and procedures for submitting your forms.
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