At the Sapphire B Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, a two-in-one Press Conference was hosted by the Miss World Philippines Organization. First was the homecoming for Miss Eco Philippines 2018 Maureen Montagne who successfully ended her mission in Cairo, Egypt when she placed 1st Runner-Up in a very close battle for Miss Eco International 2019. It was almost a back-to-back win for the country with Cynthia Thomalla being the outgoing international titleholder.
Maureen was pleased of her achievement abroad. For now, she plans to hang her pageant shoes in favor of a showbiz career. She will be shooting her first feature film soon, and is hoping that she will get a good hosting break on TV after.
The second focus of the Presscon was the formal introduction of Arnold Mercado as the new General Manager of the Miss World Philippines Organization. One of the former pillars of popular beauty camp “Aces & Queens”, he will now be in-charge of the annual Miss World Philippines competition as well as the upcoming Mr World 2019 to be hosted in the country starting late July with a finals date set for August 4. He will also take care of the promotion and appearances of the reigning Queens and Kings of the organization.
Best wishes to both Maureen and Arnold (now fondly called “Mama World” by everyone) in their future professional endeavors as part of the group headed by Arnold Vegafria.
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At the Ruby Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Manila, the Press Presentation of Mr & Ms Chinatown Philippines 2018 was held with the combined presence of both the Local (TV, Print & Online) and Chinese media. The twenty-eight Official Candidates (14 Men, 14 Women) were individually introduced in their distinctly Chinese attires as well as casual getups. The guests were visibly impressed with the roster this year, especially the academic and professional credentials that they proudly stated during the introductions.
A lengthy and lively open mic forum with the candidates dominated the event as the guests made sure that everyone was given a chance to speak their minds out on an assortment of questions ranging from personal advocacy to racial discrimination to role models/inspirations to the hashtag of the pageant – #BeautyindiverCHIty.
Miss Chinatown Foundation Chairman Wilson Agbayani and Chinoy TV President Alvin Kingson Tan were around to welcome everyone as they led the proceedings with their individual speeches about this year’s edition of the pageant that has significantly leveled up to the national status for 2018 with candidates coming not only from NCR, but also the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao areas.
When time came for the announcement of the Darlings of the Press, everyone was cheering for their own bets as the tally of votes came so close among the chosen picks by the Press. Lawrence Chua and Rachel Tan claimed the much-coveted awards. It will be remembered that the reigning titleholders – Jacob Muñez and Joy Wu – were also the recipients of the same honor in 2017 so it really bears watching if Lawrence & Rachel will also take it all the way to the top this year. It certainly won’t be an easy task because there are so many other strong contenders from among the remaining contestants.
Mr & Ms Chinatown Philippines 2018 is presented by the Tak Chun Group in cooperation with Miss Chinatown Foundation, Chinoy TV and Crowne Plaza Manila. Grand Finals will be held on September 2 at the MOA Arena, with TV telecast scheduled on September 9 over ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best.
In anticipation of next week’s Press Presentation for Mr and Ms Chinatown Philippines 2018 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, here are the female candidates 1-14 vying for the top plum.
Follow their journey! Follow @mrmschinatownph on IG to stay updated!
Mr and Ms Chinatown 2018 Lowerbox and Upperbox tickets are now available at SM Tickets outlets and https://smtickets.com/events/view/6938
VIP tickets can be purchased through Chinoy TV and Mr and Ms Chinatown 2018 Candidates.
Make up by: @inglotph
Hair by @revlonprofessionalbrandsph
Swimwear by @drswimph
Earrings by @sepacebu
Photos by @jericksanchez