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
Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal of India
Miss World Mireia Lalaguna of Spain
The two will add glitter to the Miss World Philippines 2016 Finals
Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna and Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal will fly in to Manila to serve as judges during the finals of Miss World Philippines 2016. And due to the request of Julia Morley and the Miss World Organization (MWO) for the reigning titleholders to be accommodated, the Coronation Night has been effectively moved to October 9 – same venue at the Manila Hotel tent still.
This will definitely add that extra level of excitement because people will show more interest in the event. Let us hope that the organizers, network (GMA-7) and Viva Entertainment will be able to capitalize well on the presence of Mireia and Rohit.
And just to add an extra spice, Julia Morley might just be with them as well. 😉
Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss led 24 of the Miss World 2015 candidates to a visit to Julia Morley's Orphanage in Sanya
The ladies brought smiles to the children's faces
I never hid my fondness and admiration for Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss. You can easily tell that the South African has a heart of gold, especially for the children. And being a Medical Student, her trip to the Julia Morley-financed orphanage in Sanya, China was an activity she wholeheartedly embraced along with twenty-four (24) of the Miss World 2015 candidates who were selected because of their medical and child welfare backgrounds.
Rolene must have been such a glowing angel when she appeared in front of the underprivileged kids. She took them to her open arms and made sure that happiness was equally distributed among everyone. Even the ladies who accompanied her were so touched by the whole visit that they treated the young ones with such warmth and sincerity. There were songs, dances and gift giving all around. And this is truly one of the most rewarding moments of being part of Miss World.
I just wished our own Hillarie Parungao was also handpicked for the same. Her project against child mortality could have counted in being part of the group. 🙂
A priceless smile from Miss US Virgin Islands
Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss
The Miss World Organization (MWO) couldn’t have picked a more qualified winner last year in Rolene Strauss. This South African lass has been continuously performing her duties as the reigning titleholder to a T. And now that she is leading the delegates of Miss World 2015 in almost all the pre-pageant events in China, there is the ingrained responsibility of becoming big sister to everyone. She is both warm and gracious. Her presence is commanding but still accessible.
I wonder who among this year’s batch is starting to get the halo effect from Julia Morley. We all know that the delegates are being keenly observed every single day. And whoever proves to have all the best qualities to fill in the shoes of Rolene will most likely shine all the way to December 19 when Miss World 2015 will be crowned. 🙂