Time to meet our 14th pair of Official Candidates for Mr & Miss Hannah’s World Tourism Philippines 2018. Two tall lookers are now ready for viewing – a fitness enthusiast who dreams of becoming a firefighter and a Church youth leader with the cuddly warmth of a true friend.
Meet Crispin C. Tabao of Tuguegarao City #FitnessLover and Honey Grace Cartasano of Antipolo City #WomanOfFaith.
He could live inside the gym if he wants to. But 21 year-old Cris is not about to spend days and nights working out. He simply manages his time well and makes sure that he faithfully follows his workout regimen without sacrificing his other essential responsibilites. This Mister Tuguegarao City 2017 titleholder wants to be the master of his own fate en route to his goal of being a future firefighter – a superhero of sorts in his own right.
“I come from one of the hottest – if not the hottest – places in the country where the famous Pancit Batil Patong originated. I stand 6 feet tall and a proud fitness lover.
During high school, I played football in Palarong Pambansa three times. Once I entered college, I decided to focus on pursuing my dreams of becoming a Law Enforcer someday.
Last year, I joined a provincial pageant and was unexpectedly crowned as Mister Tuguegarao City 2017 during the Celebration of the Pavurrulun Afi Festival. But my more precious achievement so far was passing the board exams for Criminology graduates.”
How does it feel to be part of Mr & Miss Hannah’s World Tourism Philippines 2018?
“It was good luck perhaps that I made the cut. And I can only thank God for the honor and the blessing. I prayed hard to be included. And when my name was called, I felt a sense of great relief because this would be my biggest competition so far.”
And your future plans after the contest?
“I want to become a firefighter to save lives and properties. I’m waiting for the quota of Region 2 to be able to apply with the Bureau of Fire Protection. And hopefully, it should become a reality this coming July.”
Honey possesses such a pleasantly kooky personality that observers won’t see upon first meeting. Give her time to warm up and she would sing like actress Anne Curtis in a heartbeat. Yes, she knows her vocal limitations but is gutsy enough not be deprived of the chance to show her so-called talent. And this is one delightful side that endears her to people instantly. On a more serious note, this beauty is a #WomanOfFaith with strong-willed determination to boot.
“Being raised by my single mom like a princess and shaped by struggles like a warrior, I’ve learned to be a strong and independent woman with God on my side. Though most people think that I’m too girly (they sometimes look at me like a barbie doll because of my physical appearance), I’m kind of different inside. I’m tough, brave and a little bit boyish.”
What makes Honey special?
“I can be a shoulder to lean on when life puts you down. That’s why I am very pleased that God appointed me to be a group leader in our church. To serve Him is my joy and to be able to inspire people to be strong but anchored in Christ is an honor.”
There is deep-seated warmth and grace in Honey. And anyone would be lucky to have her as a close friend and confidante. Will such qualities turn her into a winner in the competition? I’m sure she would want more than to be named Miss Congeniality. She aims to be Miss Hannah’s World Tourism Philippines 2018.
狗年吉祥 (gǒunián jíxiáng) or Good luck for this Dog year!
In today’s issues of Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Philippine Star, the ads for the Mr and Miss Hannah’s World Tourism Philippines 2018 search were published simultaneously.
And tomorrow, the Go-Sees will officially begin in Pangasinan at Kuya Max Restaurant in Dagupan City from 9:00am-3:00pm.
On Sunday, we will move to Tarlac for another Go-See at the Amwslai Tarlac Office in Tarlac City, 9:00am-3:00pm as well.
Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this year’s biggest nationwide search for the best and brightest young men and women to become the spokespersons in addressing Environmental Preservation and Protection as well as the country’s bigger Eco-Tourism concerns.
The top two winners (male and female) will automatically receive cash prizes of P100,000.00 each with the two sets of runners-up getting P50,000.00 each and P25,000.00 each respectively.
Check out the dates and venues of the other Go-Sees in Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Tuguegarao, Baguio City, Laoag, Davao, Palawan, Zamboanga and NCR above.
Maria Fatima “Tim” Alsowyed has had a relatively successful pageant life to date. From being Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines 2015, she joined Miss Philippines Earth 2016 and initially landed a runner-up placement in the Top 12 before moving up to the Miss Philippines Fire crown after a shakeup in the magic circle due to the resignation of Imelda Schweighart.
This year, my sources are saying that she will be one of the #KF2018 beauties who will submit their Bb. Pilipinas 2018 applications this weekend or until Monday, January 8. And Tim has really improved a lot from her first venture into national beauty contests. Photo on the left was taken when she was judge during a Pre-Pageant event of MPE2017 held at Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center middle of last year.
You will be pleasantly surprised at her transformation now. Watch out!
Tim (leftmost) as Miss Philippines Fire 2016
The search is on for Mr and Ms Hannah’s Ecotourism Philippines 2018! And the 6th Edition of the competition is going to be BIG this year.
The grand winners will be given the honor as the spokespersons in promoting the resort and its advocacies, which include among others, further advancing its role in addressing ecotourism concerns and as a catalyst of development for the communities.
They will also be the official representatives of Hannah’s Beach Resort & Convention Center (Official) to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Ecotourism Society (IETS) as Hannah’s holds the distinction as the first and only Philippine institution that was accredited with those prestigious organizations.
Cash prizes shall also be awarded as follows:
For Mr and Ms Hannah’s – P100k each
1st Runners up – P50k each
2nd Runners up – P25k each
Non-winners will also be given consolation prizes in cash.
In addition, the winners are also assured of slots in prestigious national pageants like Mutya ng Pilipinas, Miss Global and Miss Earth Philippines, Gentlemen of the Philippines and others where Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center is an official sponsor.
Watch out for the scheduled dates of the provincial go-sees!
Official media partners:
Sash Factor and Norman Tinio of normannorman.com
Photo by: Andy Cayna #caynaphotography
Stylist: RL De Leon Lacanienta
Studio: BlackAnt Lensman
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Catriona Gray as photographed by Andy Cayna
Last Sunday night, your blogger spent some personal talk time with the beautiful Catriona Gray when we were seated beside each other during the birthday celebration of Col. Ricardo Nolasco Jr PAF (Ret) of Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center at Forum 1 of Solaire Resort and Casino.
Truth be told, Cat was nursing a fever that night but gamely attended the event since she is the new “World-Class Beauty” endorser of the premiere pageant destination in the country with a video launched during the proceedings.
Cat was visibly surprised and worried about all the spreading talks and rumors about transferring beauty camps which she simply dismissed as small talks from different people which got bigger but totally untrue. If at any, she is more concerned on whether she should really take the risk of joining Bb. Pilipinas. If a yes, there is even uncertainty on whether she would take part in the 2018 or 2019 edition. At 23, she still has the luxury of waiting it out for another year or two. After all, there will only be one – and only one – title she would be interested in pursuing.
Let us give Cat that extra time to mull over matters first. And I will keep you on the loop with whatever move she finally decides to take.
In the meantime, here is a video of Cat singing a Norah Jones song during the said birthday bash.
Photo credit: Gelbert Aplal
Her full name is Jennifer Paweensuda Saetan-Drouin. But she prefers to be called “Fahsai” for short. This statuesque 23 year-old stunner from Thailand by way of Montreal is considered by many pageant followers as one of the strongest favorites in this year’s batch of Miss Earth delegates. She is beautiful, warm, engaging and can speak English like a true Spokesperson for the environment. In fact, this is one of the few instances where a Thai representative can eloquently express herself in the universal language. And how!
A real trouper, Fahsai is.
Now before you watch my Quick Talk video with Fahsai, let me share a story about an incident during our stay in Hannah’s Beach Resort which showed how a real trouper she is. During an early morning pictorial at Pagudpud, she fell into the water when a strong wind blew her out of balance while executing a tricky pose. Undaunted by the wet hair, makeup and all, she gamely stood up and continued with the poses amidst the strong waves and windy atmosphere. It’s as if nothing happened.
Now let’s go watch her 5-minute video clip with yours truly as interviewer.
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Photo credit: Gelbert Aplal
This 19 year-old beauty from Austria is a very interesting subject to talk to, aside from having a unique mix – she is 50% Brazilian. She may be petite at just 5’5.5”, but loaded with fresh thoughts about her bid for Miss Earth 2017. Perhaps, her study background in Journalism – coupled with the desire to be a TV presenter – combines for a relatively more aggressive articulation of her ideas that a short chit-chat just isn’t enough to get her real substance.
At any rate, do watch my quick talk with Bianca Feliciano Kronsteiner during our stay at Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center.
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Miss Thailand Paweensuda “Fahsai” Drouin drew one of the first blood of sorts as she was crowned Miss Earth-Hannah’s during the weekend where ten of the Miss Earth 2017 delegates were flown to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte as special guests of Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center. Initially, the representatives of Austria, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Israel, Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Uganda and Venezuela attended the Blessing and Inauguration of the new 2-storey Building in the Crown Jewel of the North. Thereafter, a special mini-pageant was held to choose the one delegate who will serve as one of the foreign spokespersons of the renowned beach destination. They competed in swimsuits, evening gowns and Q&A before the beautiful Thai delegate defeated everyone else to be declared the best among them. Ninoska Vasquez of Venezuela and Lessie Giller Sanchez of Ecuador completed the Top 3.
Your blogger with the winners of Miss Earth-Hannah’s 2017
It was a very enjoyable weekend for the ladies who were given the VIP treatment all throughout. They were able to try out almost all the amenities that the place has to offer. And for sure, it is one trip they will not easily forget.
With Ninoska Vasquez of Venezuela
The Miss Earth 2017 candidates are everywhere in the metro and nearby provinces these days. Environmental School Tours in Bulacan, Cainta, Barrio Obrero and Legarda. Visit to the eco project of Imus, Cavite. TV and radio guestings. Sponsor visits. Hosted dinners. And more.
Truth be told, the schedule of activities can be mind-boggling, coverage-wise. With three groups to cover, the events have also been multiplied by three. And the minute weekend comes, their trips to farther local destinations will start. Come Friday, ten of them will head up north to Hannah’s Beach Resort in Pagudpud, while a bigger roster will be Batangas-bound to Pontefino Hotel. And there’s more to come. In the meantime, not everyone can go far off the grid as there are continuous activities happening here in Manila as well.
The ten girls going to Hannah’s
normannorman.com will try to cover as many as the small team can!
Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espin of Ecuador
The exclusive Ramona Haar-crafted Medallions that Miss Earth 2017 and her elemental court will receive
While activities for Miss Earth 2017 will start on October 5 with a Sponsors Visit to be led by reigning titleholder Katherine Espin, this year’s candidates will start arriving the day after. Divided into three (3) groups, they will be billeted in an equal number of hotels with Group 1 checking-in at Joy~Nostalg Center, Group 2 heading to Diamond Hotel and Group 3 getting their temporary home base at Century Park Hotel. All in all, between 90-92 delegates are expected to take part with 14 from Central/Western Europe, 14 from Eastern Europe, 14 fin North/Central America, 9 from South America, 14 from Africa, 25 from Asia and the Pacific. Two (2) more ladies from Europe are still likely to join them pending final confirmation.
The schedule is back-breaking, but that is to be expected from Miss Earth which prides itself in bringing the candidates to different parts of the country. Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center in Pagudpud, Pontefino and Dive & Trek in Batangas, Stargate Dream Resort in Cagayan de Oro City and Carles, Iloilo are just some of the places that they will be visiting.
This will be a month-long train of coverages that normannorman.com will endeavor to get into as much as the team can, all the way to the finals on November 4 at the MOA Arena.
So stay stuck here for more about Miss Earth 2017!
Host delegate Karen Ibasco of the Philippines 🇵🇭