Cory Quirino (left) with her last Miss World Philippines – Catriona Gray
And so it has come to finally pass. The rumor has been passing through different small channels the past few weeks and it’s good that the issue has been overshadowed by the 65th Miss Universe from getting prematurely blown out of the covers. Cory Quirino is now out of the Miss World picture.
So who’s good with anagrams first?
I’m dead sure at least one of you has gotten it right by now.
That is the name of the new franchise holder for Miss World in the Philippines.
I’m very happy to have been awarded the exclusive franchise rights for the Miss World and Mr. World pageants in the Philippines.
Thank you, Julia Morley and Steve Douglas for your trust and confidence! With your support and guidance, I can assure you that we will continue to live up to the prestige and honor that the Miss World Organization deserves – not just in the Philippines, but across the globe.
We look forward to discovering and mentoring a new breed of Filipina beauties who, just like Ms. World 2013 Megan Young, will perpetuate the noble legacy of the Miss World Organization’s guiding principle: “Beauty With A Purpose.”
So there! Arnold Vegafria is the new franchise holder of Miss World and Mister World in the Philippines.
Your thoughts, dear readers?
After initial news developments prior had Cory Quirino of CQ Global Quest opting to transfer to TV5 for the network coverage of Miss World Philippines 2016, the image above (showing Ms Cory shaking hands with GMA-7’s Joey Abacan) should be proof that the national pageant will stay put at GMA-7 with Viva Entertainment still in the partnership.
Business will always be business. And whoever offers the better deal (and the wider network reach) prevails in the end, in my opinion.
Now the more baffling question is, will the organization be able to assemble an acceptable number of Official Candidates for 2016? With only eight (8) ladies showing up for the General Screening, will more sign-ups follow to add up to the number? I am hoping so. 🙂
Left to right: Cassandra Naidas, Vic del Rosario of Viva Entertainment, Cory Quirino of CQGQ and MWP2015 Hillarie Parungao
CQGQ and Miss World Philippines have
returned to its previous network back in 2012. And with the new partnership with Viva Entertainment, this year’s edition will now be aired over at TV5 after three years (plus the initial 2011 production
) in GMA-7. What could this mean? A more glossy finals? I hope so. The independence dictated by the Miss World Organization from other multi-titled national beauty pageants has created both good and not-so-good points to consider. The exclusivity of the title has become more prominent. But with that, the general impression of potential joiners in a competition that offers only one (1) chance for an international representation is already a common sentiment when being convinced to sign up and commit to the same.
So what can be offered in lieu of the fact that only one winner can be long remembered in a particular batch? Perhaps, it would do well to create a tighter focus on what Miss World is all about, and that would be the Beauty With A Purpose Project of each one. Why not start a docu-type of reality program which follows the trail of each candidate on how she goes about her personal advocacy? That way, the viewers can really feel the effort of each one to go beyond the pageant glamour and see how sincere they really are in building a platform for their cause.
Either that, or give a more solid prize package (read: irresisitible) by which beautiful and deserving ladies would really be lured to join and give their ultimate best.
Just my thoughts, dear readers. 🙂
Miss World Philippines 2015 Hillarie Parungao for Bragais Brides (Photo credit: Ahleks Fusilero)
Photographer Andy Cayna took these shots of the Miss World Philippines 2015 Official Candidates during the Gala Night at Bellevue Hotel in Quezon City
Ms. Cory Quirino during the Gala Night (Photo credit: Andy Cayna)
During last night’s Gala Dinner of Miss World Philippines 2015 at the newly-opened B Hotel in Quezon City, the Official Candidates were all dressed to the nines as they were presented in their best evening attires for the Press and invited guests.
CQGQ’s Cory Quirino led the formal affair, together with reigning winner Valerie Weigmann and MWP2012 Queenie Rehman. It was a successful event that served as some sort of a Prelude to the Coronation Night scheduled this coming Sunday, October 18, at the Theater at Solaire.
Watch out for my predictions very soon! 🙂
More of the Miss World Philippines 2015 Official Candidates as photographed by Andy Cayna
Photo credit: Andy Cayna Photography
The 27 Official Candidates of Miss World Philippines 2015
Ms. Cory Quirino and some of the candidates
At the Eclipse Lounge of Solaire Resort and Casino earlier in the day, the Twenty-seven (27) Official Candidates of Miss World Philippines 2015 were presented to the Press in their red identical two-piece swimsuits. Each one of them gave their best spotlight turns onstage to win the attention of the media and become early favorites for the competition.
This year’s contenders are:
1) Ma. Vanessa Wright
2) Jannie Loudette Alipo-on
3) Danica Macabangon
4) Sheila Mae Torino
5) Christelle Abello
6) Janelle Tee
7) Ma. Jackielyn Dulay
8) Kiara Giel Gregorio
9) Mona Mahmound Hammad
10) Teena Pagulayan
11) Alexie Marie Ibabao
12) Emma Mary Tiglao
13) Avonlea Paraiso
14) Marita Cassandra Naidas
15) Erika Mari de Castro
16) Erica Rose Bayani
17) Jessica Rose McEwen
18) Leitz Camyll Ang
19) Diana Pinto
20) Mariah Nilo
21) Mia Allyson Howell
22) Vianca Louise Marcelo
23) Janette Roanne Sturm
24) Jeddahliz Maltezo
25) Casey Anne Austria
26) Grapes Pacara
27) Hillarie Danielle Parungao
Here is a short video of their appearance onstage as a group. Watch now.
The Twenty-seven (27) Official Candidates of Miss World Philippines 2015 divided into four groups
My ten (10) early picks based on the Press Presentation and named according to their assigned numbers are: 5) Christelle Abello, 6) Janelle Tee, 7) Ma. Jackielyn Dulag, 12) Emma Tiglao, 13) Avonlea Paraiso, 14) Marita Cassandra Naidas, 21) Mia Allyson Howell, 22) Vianca Louise Marcelo, 24) Jeddahliz Maltezo and 27) Hillarie Danielle Parungao.
Let’s see if there are potential spoilers in the group. Top of my head right now are: 20) Mariah Nilo and 25) Casey Anne Austria.
Miss World Philippines 2015 will be crowned on October 18 at The Theater at Solaire to be telecast over GMA-7 on the same night.
Good luck in all your pre-pageant activities, ladies!
Manny Pacquiao, Chavit Singson, Cory Quirino and the Miss World Philippines 2015 Candidates pose in front of the 737 (Photo credit: Collin Yap)
The Miss World Philippines 2015 Official Candidates made a promotional appearance for the inauguration of the Chavit Singson Boeing 737 Manny Pacquiao plane at the NAIA together with Ms. Cory Quirino and the two named-Gentlemen themselves. And with Ilocos Sur committing as provincial host of the pageant this year, it all makes sense as the ladies will visit Vigan and other places in the said province as part of their pre-pageant activities.
Meanwhile, GMA-7 will be airing the finals on October 18 after a contract signing with the network the other day. Ms. Cory Quirino promises this year’s edition as the biggest ever, mentioning that the number of contestants has been the biggest assembly ever for the search to date.
Watch the video below.
courtesy of GMA News and Public Affairs
This will happen tomorrow, August 9
Tomorrow night at the University of Southeastern Philippines Gym in Davao City, Miss World Philippines 2015 Mindanao Search will culminate in a Grand Finals that will crown the official entry of the whole region in the nationals.
On hand to witness and judge the crowning are CQGQ Global Quest’s Cory Quirino and Miss World Philippines 2014 Valerie Weigmann. It will definitely be a colorful event that has gathered thirteen (13) of the loveliest beauties Mindanao can offer.
May the best woman win! 🙂