Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Jo-Ann D. Flores of Laguna used to be part of regional pageantry several years back. And she is back with a bang with the national pageant – more mature, more confident and with a clearer direction in life,
“To be honest, I’m still working on my advocacy. During the past years, I was focused on building my professional career and be able to help my family. This is my comeback in the pageant scene after almost 6 years. The last one was in 2014 for Binibining Laguna. But this advocacy is also the very reason why I decided to try again and do pageants and I myself also want to find and create my own way of giving back / advocacy. It will be my life advocacy, something I’ll be doing in the long run so I’m really trying to figure it out well.”
In general, Jo-Ann is passionate about education and equal opportunities. Growing up with a family with on-and-off means for livelihood, she experienced having less to none of the material privileges others enjoyed . At any rate, her parents instilled the value of education on top of everything. The rest is history in becoming an academic achiever. Right after graduation, she worked in a hotel (Green Sun Hotel). Even at a young age and a woman at that, she was given the opportunity to excel and become a leader – from manager to director. Learning and education is continuous and it did not stop after college. She has been to different workshops and training to improve herself professionally and as an individual. As a result, she was transformed from being a trainer to a mentor and adviser to her subordinates and colleagues.
Jo-Ann wants to share this story and inspire young women that they can be what they want to be if they pursue education and higher studies and be given equal opportunities along the way.
“This quarantine, regretfully, I have not taken part in any initiative or donation drive. But I keep myself updated with the current events and updates about the pandemic. I’ve shared a couple of infos and donation drives for some organizations and causes and made some monetary donation.
One time, I prepared also food for 170 police officers and prisoners (who were also affected by the crisis) before. Nothing too big but I’m doing simple acts within my capacities. My parents and sister are frontliners so I have to spend more time at home to take care of my siblings and run errands for us.”
Jo-Ann believes that advocacies should be heartfelt and authentic. She wants to make sure that commitment is given to that one cause she is truly passionate about.
Last night at the Eye of Green Sun Hotel in Makati City, the winners of the 2nd Edition of World’s Best Models Philippines were proclaimed in an event that sought to produce the next big names in the local fashion industry. The top finishers are Wilson Yalung and Yumi Fernandez who also grabbed a lion’s share of the important special awards prior to the announcement as #1 in their respective categories.
Earning the title of World’s Best Models Philippines Travel Ambassadors are Mark Valencia and Jana Riva, with the pairs of Majed Saleh & Zandra Liwanag and Victor Alvaran & Shine Solis getting 1st and 2nd Runner-Up placements, respectively.
Learn more about these victorious contenders who will represent the country in international modelling competitions later this year, aside from becoming the fresh new discoveries of Prowess Supremacy Production.
Kudos to the team behind the organization led by Joseph Stephen Santos, Designers Edwin Uy & Dave Ocampo, Jinky Garcia and Jas Baldoza for a successful event hosted by the reliable duo of Michael Bristol and CJ Hirro.
Top finishers Wilson Yalung & Yumi Fernandez with the officers of Prowess Supremacy Production
The Class of Miss Earth 2014 in one group shot
Some of the Miss Earth 2014 candidates during the Press Presentation
Inside Green Sun
in Makati City, the Official Candidates of Miss Earth 2014
were presented to the Press as the inaugural event to formally usher in this year’s edition of the environment-themed beauty pageant. It also introduced Green Sun
, the newest contemporary culture and art center
in Metro Manila where everyday is an artistic discovery.
Around 70 ladies were presented, with additional contestants still expected to arrive today and tomorrow. The announcement of the Darling of the Press medalists was the main highlight with Jamie Herrell of the Philippines taking Gold, Maira Alexandra Rodriguez of Venezuela getting Silver and Franceska Toro of Puerto Rico clinching Bronze.
More of the Miss Earth 2014 candidates (Photo credit: Events2Images)
Darling of the Press (left to right): Puerto Rico (Bronze), Philippines (Gold) and Venezuela (Silver). Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide.
Aside from the entries of the Philippines, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, other standouts were the representatives of France, Austria, Tahiti, Indonesia, Hungary, Ukraine, Zambia and USA.
After this, all of them will be divided into three (3) groups and compete in different earth and pageant challenges that will merit medals for the top three in each one. And as an extra bonus, a new pre-pageant competition introduced this year is for Cocktail Wear.
Onwards to the Battle of the Earth Warriors now! 😀