The question has been making the rounds of online message boards, social media circles and even in the middle of not-so-hushed talks among pageant followers huddled together in get-togethers or coffee dates. Does Catriona Gray have even the slightest chance to lose the Miss World Philippines 2016 crown which has already been virtually placed on her head as far back as the day that she announced her candidacy?
I must admit. You cannot find fault in Catriona Gray. Some kibitzers are saying that she shouldn’t be too sweet as to lose whatever minimal spunk she possesses in her regular aura. Other than that, I see no reason for her to walk away with just a Princess sash across her catwalk-trained body. And it actually saddens me a bit that I’m not even giving another contender or two a substantial chance to prove their worth. It just cannot be helped. Miss World Philippines has now become a national pageant where you can zero in on the clear winner from Day 1.
True. The 2015 edition provided a sprinkling of jitters during the finals among the pro-Hillarie Parungao fans and followers. But with the dead giveaways of numerous Special Awards being thrown in her way, there was only an iota of doubt that the likes of Cassandra Naidas or Mia Allyson Howell would be able to pull the rug from right under Hillarie’s dainty feet.
And so we come to this. With hesitation, I am now making a forecast on the four (4) Princesses who will make up Catriona’s court. With the #1 spot already a clear triumph for Candidate #13, let us see which quartet will stand beside her at the end of the finals.
Sandra Lemonon is my 1st Princess. And in this placement, she is already considered a lock after getting a clear view of how the pre-pageant activities unraveled.
As for 2nd Princess, it could still be a toss between JDV entry Marah Muñoz and crossover A&Q bet Alyanna Cagandahan. The edge might be provided by the speech to be delivered towards the last half-hour of the program.
4th Princess for me is Arienne Louise Calingo. But this spot remains precarious still. Independent comer Roshiel Asingua, Kris Bernal-deadringer Ralph Lauren Asuncion or even the sweet Vinie Dy Quiangco could jockey up for that one last spot to make up the magic circle.
Regardless, the one sure thing that can no longer be contested is the practically foregone conclusion that Catriona Gray will be Washington, DC-bound for Miss World 2016. It’s something that only a person of less shimmer and runaway popularity can ruin the contest’s reputation.
And so, we now sit back and await the formal announcement. 🙂