This entry is actually a late upload of the (still unpublished) interview video with Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman when she came early for the media launch of the 47th Miss Intercontinental at Conrad Manila. We (two of my media colleagues and I) immediately asked her a series of questions about her preparations for the January, 2019 competition in our shores and how she will “personify” herself as the “Miss Philippines” of that batch.
Earlier at the Monet Ballroom of Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Bb. Pilipinas International 2018 Ma. Ahtisa Manalo was given her Official Send-Off to Miss International 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.
With both Eva Patalinjug and Michele Gumabao in competition abroad (and Karen Gallman with a prior engagement), Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray and Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2018 Jehza Huelar gave words of encouragement to their youngest sister.
Ahtisa will be leaving for the Land of the Rising Sun soon!
Below are more photos from the said event.
The Philippine hosting of the 47th Miss Intercontinental has been formally launched at the Taft Ballroom of Conrad Manila earlier. Present in the said event are Miss Intercontinental Organization CEO Detlef Tursies, Miss Intercontinental 2017 Veronica Salas Vallejo, Miss Intercontinental Japan Organization CEO Joanna Leonisa Gimena Miyamae and COO Kumi Miyamae, Miss Intercontinental Japan 2018 Akari Maeda and Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman.
Contrary to what other pageant followers might think, it was Miss Intercontinental Japan Organization that brought the hosting here as the group holds the franchise for the 2018 hosting. Hence, our very own Karen won’t technically be the host delegate as Akari Maeda will assume that role.
Check out the interview below with Miss Intercontinental Organization CEO Detlef Tursies and Miss Intercontinental 2017 Veronica Salas Vallejo:
Around 85 delegates are expected to participate in the 47th Miss Intercontinental (or Miss Intercontinental 2018 if you will), with the finals night set for January 26, 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. To date, Calatagan, Batangas is one of the confirmed provincial hosts and several other places in the country are being finalized for the caravan of the participating candidates.
Watch out for my blog entry about Karen Gallman and how she is looking at her chances of winning the very first Miss Intercontinental crown for the country in her own backyard.
Watch out for more updates!
At the Novotel Manila Araneta Center Monet Ballroom earlier, the Official Sendoff for Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Queens Eva Patalinjug and Michele Gumabao was held with invited members of the media. The two lovelies’ spotlight event was graced with the presence of their “sisters” Catriona Gray, Ahtisa Manalo, Jehza Huelar and Karen Gallman who gave words of encouragement and endearment to the first duo in their group to start with their respective pageant missions abroad.
Both Eva and Michele will be departing for Yangon, Myanmar (host city & country for Miss Grand International 2018) and Tirana, Albania (host city and country for The Miss Globe 2018) by the end of September, respectively.
Our warm wishes of good luck to the two of you. Do the Philippines proud!
It is no longer a secret that the 47th Miss Intercontinental will be held in the Philippines from January 9-26, 2019. Coronation night will be on January 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena, with the delayed telecast airing (possibly over ABS-CBN pending final negotiations) a day after.
This is the reality awaiting Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman – to be a host delegate to the arriving foreign candidates who will vie to become the successor of Veronica Salas of Mexico. It effectively doubles the pressure since we have not yet won the crown, and to aim for such on your own backyard could get tricky in the process.
Regardless of the possibilities and eventualities, Karen will bravely go through the challenge. She is armed with the knowledge that the support of her fans and supporters are within arms’ reach. You could say that she is the top favorite of the Filipinos to win, unless one or two of the other contenders will spring a big surprise the minute the visitors start pouring in.
The hosting of the 47th Miss Intercontinental in the Philippines from January 9-26, 2019 is already a sealed deal with the finals scheduled to take place at the Mall of Asia Arena. And as Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018, Karen Gallman has the double assignment of being a most gracious and hospitable host delegate as well as winning the country’s first-ever crown in the said competition. It is not an easy task honestly, but neither is it a tall order the way I see it.
A hometown decision is always met with resistance by all other participating countries. But our representative is dead serious in claiming the victory that has been “robbed” from us at least twice. The 2nd Runner-Up finish of Kris Tiffany Janson last 2015 was a close call and we know the controversy surrounding the results at the time. The 1st Runner-Up placement of Christi McGarry last 2016 should have already earned for us the much-awaited win. And the identical rank of Katarina Rodriguez last January in Egypt was such a major source of complaint from Filipino pageant fans who could not accept the decision. That was supposed to be our big moment finally.
So here comes the Philippines hosting Miss Intercontinental for the first time. Will we finally get the well-deserved #1 position?
What do you think, dear readers?
Since Missosology already made an official post about the 47th Miss Intercontinental to be hosted in the country come January, 2019, the question in the mind of some pageant followers is this: will the chance of Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman winning the crown be lessened because of this development? We are tired of being perennial runners-up in the competition. And as Host Delegate, Karen might end up getting the same placement like that of Katarina Rodriguez or Christi McGarry or Kris Tiffany Janson.
Your thoughts, dear readers?