Pauline Abigael Ebora and Rafael Baquiran outclassed the competition and were named winners of the Senior Division in the inaugural edition of World’s Best Models Philippines held at Chaos inside City of Dreams Manila last night. They will be Bulgaria-bound for International Top Model of the World 2018.
In the Junior Division, dusky teen Alyssa Estonilo and bedimpled cutie Josh Garcia were declared winners. The pair will go to Mexico next year as the Philippine representatives to Mr & Miss Teen Globe.
1st Runners-Up are: (Seniors) Alanis Binoya and Ali David; (Juniors) Andrea Gonzales and Wilson Yaso. 2nd Runners-Up are: (Seniors) Isabel Alves and Renz Cutanda; (Juniors) Daniel Silang and Kyle Durado.
Congratulations to all the winners and the organizers headed by Designers Edwin Uy and Dave Ocampo. By the way, the always reliable Ryan Tercero hosted the event.
Senior Division winners Pauline Ebora and Rafael Baquiran
Junior Division winners Josh Garcia and Alyssa Estonilo
Junior Division runners-up
Senior Division runners-up
Darlene May Reyes was crowned Miss Tourism Queen International Philippines 2017
Instant titleholder Darlene May Reyes
An interesting turn of events happened during the Miss Philippines 2017 Press Presentation held earlier at the poolside of Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City. Five (5) titles are at stake in the competition. But due to the nearing schedule of one of them, one candidate has already been crowned winner. Darlene May Reyes of Bauan, Batangas (you will remember her as Mutya ng Singapore during the recently-concluded Mutya ng Pilipinas
) is now Miss Tourism Queen International Philippines 2017 and will already leave for China on September 2 to represent the country in the big world finals latter part of next month.
It was a pleasant surprise for Darlene who welcomed the instant win (first ever for a Press Presentation of a national pageant in the Philippines to happen) and she will now prepare herself for the mission that will be the fulfillment of her lifelong pageant dream.
Watch the video of the announcement below.
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That leaves us with four (4) more titles up for grabs among the 36 remaining contenders – Face of Beauty International Philippines, Miss Princess of the World Philippines, Miss Diamond of the World Philippines and Queen & Beauty Universe Philippines. Finals night will be on September 18. By the way, Isabel Alves of Talisay City was named Darling of the Press during the proceedings.
For now, President/CEO Gareth Blanco will bring the ladies on a provincial caravan to Quezon and Bolinao in Pangasinan where they will fully enjoy the hospitality of both Northern and Southern Luzon.
Below is a photo grid of some of the candidates as taken by Joy Arguil for normannorman.com
There are thirty (30) ladies competing for Miss Manila 2017 which will have its finals this coming June 24 at the PICC Plenary Hall. Some of the faces are distinctly familiar, like Maria Gail Tobes who was Binibini 3 during Bb. Pilipinas 2017 or Diana Mackey who took part in a previous edition of Miss Philippines Earth or Athena Catriz who was Miss Summer International Philippines a couple of years back or the previously-blogged Glenn Aeela Krishnan sister of Mutya ng Pilipinas Ganiel Krishnan and a deadringer for Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.
Here now are the official swimsuit photos of the ladies. Tell me who your favorites are after:
Shiela Mae Morales
Bea Generosa Aquino
Maria Gail Tobes
Allhia Charmaine Estores
Alyssa Joreen Reyes
Shaine Nicole Chavez
Naelah Alshorbaji Almazik
Geri Francheska Camargo
Kristine Eiriel Nolasco
Jhan Nicole Ambata
Regine Sarah Turjman