This entry is actually a late upload of the (still unpublished) interview video with Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman when she came early for the media launch of the 47th Miss Intercontinental at Conrad Manila. We (two of my media colleagues and I) immediately asked her a series of questions about her preparations for the January, 2019 competition in our shores and how she will “personify” herself as the “Miss Philippines” of that batch.
At the Forbes Ballroom of Conrad Hotel Manila earlier, the Press Presentation of Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 was held in front of invited members of the media. As Pageant President Jacqueline Tan-Sainz stated, this is the 50th edition of the Asia/Asia-Pacific brand that makes this year’s edition extra meaningful. And what could be more apt than to assemble an exact number of fifty (50) Official Candidates coming from different parts of the world.
As is traditional, the Darling of the Press was voted upon and crowd favorite (and host delegate) Sharifa Akeel of the Philippines was named recipient of the award. She was followed by 1st Runner-Up Madeline Ferrara of Germany and 2nd Runner-Up Gabriela Palma of Brazil.
There are many beautiful delegates in this batch. Aside from the Philippines, Germany and Brazil, worth mentioning are the entries of Venezuela, Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Peru and Mongolia.
The National Costume Competition will be held this coming Thursday night, also at the Conrad Manila. Swimsuit and Evening Gown Preliminaries will be conducted in Vigan and Tagaytay, with the Talent Competition at the Loft in Rockwell. Finals will be on October 4 at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Resorts World Manila.
Below are the photos of the early favorites among the fifty.
Earlier in the day at the Forbes 1 Ballroom of Conrad Hotel Manila, Miss Philippines 2018 was given a well-attended Press Launch that assembled all the important representatives from TV, Print and Online Media. At first, you might ask why it took so long to have a national pageant that bore the said title. Truth be told, this is already its 2nd year of existence. And with Pageant President Francisco ‘Gareth’ Blanco at the held with new business partner – EMC Production – the 2018 edition promises to be bigger and better.
Miss Philippines aims not only to focus on beauty, talent and intelligence. It also endeavors to promote global culture, peace, the arts and tradition. It will showcase both the beauty of the Filipina and the diversity of our nation’s socio-cultural heritage. The initial objective is to select lovely, classic, talented, intelligent and empowered a target of sixty (60) candidates from all over the country who will represent different provinces/cities/municipalities.
Come Coronation Night on December 9 at the Resorts World Manila, the winners will be selected en route to representing the Philippines in Miss Tourism Queen International, Miss National Universe, Miss Princess of the World and Miss Queen & Beauty Universe.
In the same event, a Press Presentation was also held to introduce the thirty-five (35) Official Candidates of the reinvigorated Mr. Philippines 2018 where the winners will also represent the country in international competitions abroad. Finals Night is scheduled on August 11 at the Crossroads Center in QC.
This is truly a big step towards strengthening the prestige of the title “Miss Philippines”, as well as the continuation of the “Mr. Philippines” national competition that should be able to produce the best spokespersons for the Filipinos in the field of pageantry, tourism and worthwhile advocacies in various fields of importance.
More on Miss Philippines 2018 and Mr. Philippines 2018 soon!
The ladies wore red, white and blue representing the colors of the Philippine flag
Albert Andrada dressed up Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran
Last night, the final ancillary event of the 65th Miss Universe was held at Conrad Manila. It was the well-attended National Gift Auction which followed the much-anticipated Designers Showcase where our talented designers took the spotlight where their creations were worn on the runway by the contestants.
As leader-of-the-pack Albert Andrada puts it, “I am so happy and fulfilled to have talked to 87 Filipino fashion designers and to unite them in one of the major ancillary events of the Miss Universe Competition. January 23 will be a night of gift giving, empowered women and a fashion gala of Filipino designers. This is a very rare evening wherein one can witness the Miss Universe’s official candidates wearing the creations of our country’s pride in the fashion industry. To my colleagues in the fashion industry, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support!!! Mabuhay!” #united #filipinofashiondesigners #missuniverse2017
Here are samples of some of the creations last night with their respective wearers.
Maxine in Odelon Simpao, Miss Barbados Shannon Harris in Bessie Besana and Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar in Edgar San Diego
Miss Russia Yuliana Korolkova in Patty Ang, Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane in Richie Bondoc and Miss Indonesia Kezia Warouw in Johnjohn Ditching
Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun in Mak Tumang, Miss Belgium Stephanie Geldhof in Bing Cristobal and Miss Switzerland Dijana Cvijetic in Philip Rodriguez
Miss Turkey Sila Çakir in Rocky Gathercole, Miss Iceland Hildur Leifsdottir in Joel Escober and Miss Bulgaria Violina Ancheva in Claiza Bihasa
Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach inside her room at the Conrad Manila with her bedmates
Let’s be honest. Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is most likely saying things half-in-jest when she hashtagged the photo above as #clingy to her DIC crown and three sashes. And she should be. Her reign is about to end in just a very little over a week from now. But more than that bittersweet reason (and losing all free flights to overseas destinations as she mentioned herself during an interview at Pico de Loro in Batangas
), she has made it extra difficult to find her successor among the 86 ladies vying for her title on January 30. Sure, one of them will definitely take it all the way to the top. But will the 65th winner have what it takes to measure up to her achievements?
To say that Queen P is a tough act to follow would be an understatement. And it will take a lot from the next winner to even step up her game to a level that would approximate all the ideals of the Miss Universe brand she has so beautifully and confidently delivered throughout her reign. It can be done, of course. In time, it will be done.
For now, let us indulge in Queen P’a clinginess. She earned the right to be so.
Have a good Sunday everyone! 🙂
The 56 contestants who took part in the charity event
Maxine in action
The Rise Against Hunger
Charity Event of the 65th Miss Universe – held at the Taft Ballroom of Conrad Manila – was a huge success with 56 of the 86 candidates completing the filling and measuring of one hundred (100) boxes of food packs to be given to the recipient-beneficiaries (pregnant and underprivileged women) of the organization along with Pass It Forward Foundation.
Never mind that they stood for hours measuring rice, yeast and all – the 56 contestants who participated had a lot of fun doing the task. After all, if you want to be Miss Universe, being #ConfidentlyBeautifulWithAHeart is a must!
Excellent job, ladies! 👍🏽
Below are photos taken by Joy Arguil for normannorman.com
Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica rise against hunger
The ladies busy packing the food items
More measuring and filling and packing- the ladies were up to the challenge
A gong was sounded everytime 20 boxes were completed and sealed
Paraguay and Honduras digging in
Myanmar sealing a food pack
Venezuela measuring yeast to be sealed afterwards
The ladies were even serenaded by singer Gerald Santos before the packing process started
My photos with some of the 65th Miss Universe contestants
Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and the eleven delegates to the 65th Miss Universe who flew in for the kickoff event
The 65th Miss Universe kickoff event held at Conrad Manila last night was such a festive occasion for Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and eleven of the delegates who will participate in next month’s beauty extravaganza in the Philippines.
Aside from Miss Philippines Maxine Medina, the delegates from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam all joined in to make a resounding prelude to the most beautiful day in the Universe happening on January 30.
The Pianatics came in full force and they really cheered for Queen P. And her road manager Esther Swann gamely participated in the fun.
It was a really happy occasion that will only serve to intensify the anticipation for the actual competition very soon!
See you again in Manila soon, ladies!
Photos taken by Joy Arguil for normannorman.com