Some people are saying that it will be an uphill climb for Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez to reach the very top in tonight’s Miss World 2018 Finals in Sanya, China. This especially after her setbacks in the important Beauty With a Purpose and Head-to-Head Challenge segments.
I say that our Queen has done so much to bring pride to the Philippines in the competition. Whether it be recognized or not by the judges and/or the organization, it’s all up to destiny and a dash of good luck. I know that she’s still in the zone of winning (or placing well at the very least).
#FTW – For the World and For The Win #ForThePhilippines #KatarinaRodriguez
Photo credits: Rapyu Photography and Kevin Cayuca
Watch Julia Morley below as she defends the Miss World pageant on “Good Morning Britain”.
Yesterday’s return of Miss World Organization (MWO) President Julia Morley to the country shows how important an ally the Philippines and Miss World Philippines Organization is to her group. Along with Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhilar and Miss World 2016 Stephanie del Valle, they met with members of the media in a Press Conference held at Impressions Restaurant of Maxims Hotel in RW Manila earlier. The two beautiful titleholders will serve as judges during the Miss World Philippines 2018 Finals this coming Sunday, with their “boss” overseeing the progress of her BWAP projects with the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center and the Milk Bank Program started by Laura Lehmann plus her other charity causes here.
The three gamely (and extensively) answered all the questions fielded in by the attending invitees. They will be staying for a few more days before going back to London.
Meanwhile, Manushi and Stephanie will conduct personal interviews with the MWP candidates to see who among them deserve to be considered as the country’s representative to Miss World 2018 in Sanya, China.
Announcement fro the Miss World Philippines Organization after today’s Final Casting Call for #MrWorldPhilippines2018:
The partial Official Candidates of Mr. World Philippines 2018 are as follows –
1. Joy Jerome Evangelista
2. JB Saliba
3. Karl Louie Aragon
4. Abdullah Sharif Cheng
5. Denver Hernandez
6. Wilfred Placencia
7. Reymart Regis
8. Marco Poli
9. Robin Hanrath
10. Mark Jero Bagaporo
11. Miguel De Castro
12. EmirDon Abbo
13. Ricardo De Jesus
14. Joshua Reginald Banatin (left photo)
The candidates mentioned above will be joined by the ones from the provinces and those selected through a special process to complete the list of official candidates. The press presentation of the contest will happen on Tuesday at Maxim’s in Resorts World Manila.
Among the announced contenders, it would be interesting to note the entry of crossover titleholders like Mister Philippines 2017 Denver Hernandez, Mister Grand Philippines 2017 Joshua Reginald Banatin and former winners of Mister United Continents and Mr Republic of the Philippines Ricardo de Jesus and Wilfred Placencia, respectively.
This early, though, the favorite of many is Fil-Italian Marco Poli who at 6’3” is the tallest and the one closest to the Mr World peg of Julia Morley.
More about this national male pageant soon!
It was just a matter of time till another beauty contest would follow the trail of Miss World and drop the swimsuit competition altogether. But hey, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization Gretchen Carlson (Miss America 1989 herself) defends that it is not a beauty pageant in the first place but a scholarship contest. And as replacement, all candidates will have live interactive sessions with the judges. Sounds good to me because I have always looked at Miss America as going to the direction of showing less skin. Actually, I expected this group to have jumpstarted the action – even ahead of Julia Morley.
Now as far the entertainment value of Miss America, then it will all boil down to making the Talent Segment more engaging and the interactive sessions even more delightfully thought-provoking – not only in terms of the TV ratings but also in revolutionizing positive changes in the same.
Now who is the next brave heart to follow suit from hereon now?
Share your inputs, dear readers.
An older edition of the Miss America with the swimsuit competition still in practice.
So Julia Morley has finally announced it yesterday. This year’s search for the World’s Most Desirable Man will take place in our shores in the third quarter when reigning winner Rohit Khandelwal of India will award his successor.
And this is also the reason why Mr. World Philippines 2018 will be finalized by May-June to give time to our representative and host delegate to prepare for the big competition.
Below is the statement released by Julia herself:
I am delighted to announce that Mr World 2018 will be held in beautiful ‘PHILIPPINES’.
MR WORLD FINAL – Sunday 16th September 2018
Full details of the Mr World 2018 event will be given at a press conference in Manila on 1st May 2018. The press conference will be broadcast live on Facebook and other media channels.
Jonas (center) with Megan Young and Mireia Lalaguna after the finals
There are malicious stories spreading in the pageant world that Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens allegedly “walked out” of the Theater at MGM National Harbor after Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle was announced as the winner of Miss World 2016. It’s so easy to make stories and bold interpretations of something that can never hold water when faced with real facts.
Truth be told, Jonas Gaffud himself confirmed that he was inside the theater the entire time after the winner was crowned. He was in the company of another Aces & Queens pillar, Arnold Mercado. He even went up the stage to have pictures taken with the winners and Julia Morley (with whom he had a small talk with).
Jonas with Miss World 2013 Megan Young
Afterwards, a security guy approached him because Megan Young needed her mobile phone. And since he volunteered to hold on to her unit for safety while the Finals was ongoing, he then stepped out and went backstage to hand over Miss World 2013 the phone.
And here is where talks of an alleged “walkout” started. Totally untrue. There is really nothing into this except to spread lies of hate and lack of sportsmanship – something that Jonas will not even entertain thoughts of doing.
So whoever started the whole thing, please check your facts first. Better yet, you could have followed Jonas when he went backstage to give Megan her phone. You would have gotten a clearer flow of events instead of putting one-and-one together and weaving an entirely different version out of it.
-End of story-
Jonas with Miss World 2016 Top 5 Finisher Catriona Gray
Aces & Queens for Catriona Gray
Catriona during the Miss World 2016 Fashion Show
One hundred seventeen (117) candidates want to get hold of the Miss World 2016 crown. But out of this big group, I have never went out of my way to really express a whole-hearted belief in the capacity of Miss World Philippines Catriona Gray to take it all the way. I just don’t see any other delegate coming close to being a very deserving winner.
Catriona worked hard for everything that was demanded of each delegate all throughout the competition. She was honest at the beginning that the Sports Challenge was her achilles heel but promised to give her very best in all other areas of fast-track judging. And true enough, she topped Multimedia and is now seeded into the Top 20. She also performed so well in Talent and is, in fact, just behind Miss Mongolia in the ranking here. The Top Model results surprised everyone but we all know that she was in her best elements on the runway as this is where she got professionally known for. And even if she was not counted in the Top 3, there’s just no way that she would significantly lag
behind in the scoring. And more importantly, she placed in the Top 5 of Beauty With A Purpose – the core of Miss World and the fast-track segment that carries the biggest number of points to carry one representative far up the placement ladder.
Truth be told, Catriona can’t win all the fast-track events. The organizers just wouldn’t allow that to happen. But you and I know that she poured her heart in all the parts. I have never seen a Miss World Philippines rep who got so interactive with fans and followers online that my notifications almost always had her name posting something or replying to an update herself.
But why should Catriona Gray win Miss World 2016? Simple. She has the heart and soul of the Miss World Organization deeply embedded in her entire persona. Beyond the looks, queenly aura and the determination to bring honor to the Philippines, she has the right motivation to win. She knows the kind of job she will get herself into should the blue crown land on her head. It’s all about charity work and the huge platform to make a difference in the lives of others. And what makes her so special compared to other ladies who are also firm in their passion and dedication for humanity? The unstinting support of the entire Filipino nation around the world. And I firmly believe that Julia Morley and the Miss World Organization knows too well how massively powerful the Philippines can be in spreading the word and making noise everywhere.
So let me ask again. Why does Miss World Philippines deserve to be the successor of Mireia Lalaguna? Because she is Catriona Gray. I wouldn’t blog out loud if another Filipina is wearing the Philippine sash. 🙂
courtesy of TV100 PH
courtesy of Queenslandia
courtesy of Jo ‘D Mango 2.0