It is already May 1 and in just over two weeks from now, the 69th Miss Universe will be crowned at the Seminole Hard Rock Auditorium in Hollywood, Florida.
Seventy-four (74) delegates will register starting May 3-4. And based on what we have seen among them prior to their arrival in the host city, I am pleased to share my Pre-Registration Picks in alphabetical order. I am arranging them this way because I would like to see how they will settle in for the first couple of days before placing them in terms of ranking or hierarchy.
Here are the twenty (20) I have high expectations on. Let’s see if they will deliver on either the hype or the kind of impact they have shown the past few weeks:
Argentina – Alina Luz Akselrad
Australia – Maria Thattil
Brazil – Julia Gama
Colombia – Laura Olascuaga
Curacao – Chantal Wiertz
Czech Republic – Klára Vavruskova
Iceland – Elisabet Hulda Snorradottir
India – Adline Castelino
Indonesia – Ayu Maulida Putri
Jamaica – Miqueal-Symone Williams
Laos – Christina Lasasimma
Mexico – Andrea Meza
Nepal – Anshika Sharma
Philippines – Rabiya Mateo
Puerto Rico – Estefania Soto Torres
Romania – Bianca Lorena Tirsin
South Africa – Natasha Joubert
Thailand – Amanda Obdam
USA – Asya Danielle Branch
Venezuela – Mariangel Villasmil
I still have at least five (5) bubbling under and they might just manage to pull down a few of the ladies above a week from now.
Who are yours, dear readers?
Miss International 2018 1st Runner-Up Ma Ahtisa Manalo and the other Miss International 2018 winners led by Mariem Claret Velazco visited the most sacred Shrine in Japan – 伊勢神宮 / Ise-Jingu (a religious center) – in Mie Prefecture.
Ahtisa is wearing Uberfinds Vintage Fashion Store as styled by Vhee Co and Francis Chee.
This is the reason why Ahtisa was absent during the Catriona/Jehza send-off last Monday afternoon. As part of their prizes in Miss International 2018, the top winner and her four runners-up will do a grand tour of Japan while visiting the different government agencies that supported the pageant.
Mariem Claret Velazco got her birthday wish alright. And in the process, she gifted Venezuela with its 8th Miss International crown after being chosen as the 58th Miss International tonight at the Tokyo Dome City Hall. She gave her court a tough fight, and in the end, she rose to the top with 1st Runner-Up honors going to our very own Ma. Ahtisa Manalo. Reabetswe Sechoaro of South Africa completes the Top 3 as 2nd Runner-Up. Bianca Tirsin of Romania and Anabella Castro Sierra of Colombia placed 3rd and 4th Runners-Up, respectively.
Left to right: Colombia, South Africa, Venezuela, the Philippines and Romania
And to our Bb. Pilipinas International 2018 Ma. Ahtisa Manalo, congratulations for a job well done! 1st Runner-Up in a strong field of 77 delegates is already a big achievement. You did not disappoint your Pinoy fans all over the world who followed the Live Streaming from start to finish.
Congratulations to the organizers for a classy and well-staged – albeit very long – production for 2018.
Gut-feel is telling me that facial beauty will dominate the finals of the 58th Miss International tomorrow afternoon at the Tokyo Dome City Hall. Not that it is an unusual leaning in any beauty pageant, but this Japan-based contest is known to have differing tastes every year. There are times when surprises would claim top finishes or editions when strong favorites would hold on to the pole positions from start to finish.
It would be safe to say that the doll-looking ladies would rise to the occasion and do their countries proud. And mind you, Miss Philippines Ma. Ahtisa Manalo is not the only living mannequin among the delegates. Our bet belongs to my magic 5, without a doubt. And in her company are Miss Colombia Anabella Castro Sierra, Miss Romania Bianca Tirsin, Miss Moldova Daniela Marin and Miss Venezuela Mariem Claret Velazco.
Meanwhile, the lower half of my Top 10 is a mix of potential spoilers who could up the ante on my perceived winners – Miss Poland Marta Palucka, Miss Laos Phiyamarth Phounoasouth, Miss South Africa Reabetswe Sechoaro, Miss Thailand Keeratika Sawangjaeng and Miss Spain Susana Sanchez.
Here now are the photos of my Top 10 in my order of preference:
What do you think, dear readers?