There was queenly presence alright at the World Plaza in BGC yesterday during the formal unveiling of the first ever PLDT-Smart store – a one-stop digital hub and converged store which caters to customers from PLDT Group’s three flagship brands: PLDT, Smart and Cignal.
All the reigning Bb. Pilipinas 2018 titleholders – Catriona Gray, Ma Ahtisa Manalo, Jehza Huelar, Eva Patalinjug, Karen Gallman and Michele Gumabao – plus Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann were present to check out the opening, as well as try out some of the services on offer.
Below are more photos from the event.
Miss Eco Philippines 2017 Cynthia Thomalla was given her send-off to Miss Exo International 2018 at the Full Belly Craft Kitchen in Quezon City. Her Miss World Philippines Organization family – headed by National Director Arnold Vegafria and General Manager Bessie Besana – were present along with Laura Lehmann, Teresita Ssen Marquez, Sophia Senoron and Glyssa Perez.
Cynthia will leave for Cairo, Egypt soon and will endeavour to win the crown come April 26 so that she can add up to the #1 finishes of Teresita in Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 and Sophia in Miss Multinational.
Best of luck in the mission up ahead!
From April 10-28, 2018, all roads lead to Cairo, Egypt for this year’s edition of Miss Eco International – the last overseas mission of the Miss World Philippines 2017 titleholders after Laura Lehmann, Teresita Ssen Marquez and Sophia Senoron. This time, the uber gorgeous Miss Eco Philippines Cynthia M. Thomalla is getting ready to claim her own brand of achievement by hopefully following in the #1 successes the country reached in Bolivia’s Reina Hispanoamericana and India’s Miss Multinational.
For the uninitiated, Miss Eco International Beauty Pageant was founded by the LTCP-UN project. It brings together representatives of different cultures and traditions from all over the world. Its main objective is to promote the importance of saving our planet environmentally in addition to marketing tourism across the world. This competition focuses on the wellness of the mind, body and spirit of all the candidates that represent all the countries
from all over the world.
I have always had confidence in Cynthia to do well in the international level of competition. She has the bright-eyed stand-out looks and bubbly personality that will serve as her biggest plus points in charming the host city, organizers, locals and fellow candidates. What’s more she is motivated by the performances of her “sisters” and would like to add another big win in the final tally of their collective efforts.
Below is the video of Cynthia’s Q&A last year en route to being crowned Miss Eco Philippines. Please watch it again as her message rings loud and clear, especially to recent potshots that stir unnecessary intrigues to her affiliation with beauty queen-friends who have been involved in a recent social media issue that stemmed during Bb. Pilipinas 2018.
Let us support her bid for Miss Eco International instead, and not dwell on unpleasant talks that can only be counter-productive at the very least.
Sophia with her mom
Earlier at the Full Belly Craft Kitchen in Quezon City, Miss Multinational Philippines 2017 Sophia Senoron was given her official send-off to Multinational 2017/2018 which will be held in New Delhi, India this month. Present were National Director Arnold Vegafria, Miss World Philippines Laura Lehmann, Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Marquez, Miss Eco Philippines Cynthia Thomalla and 1st Runner-Up Glyssa Perez.
Watch parts of the said send-off in the video below recorded by Joy Arguil for normannorman.com.
By now, Miss World Philippines 2017 and Miss World 2017 Top 40 finisher plus Beauty With A Purpose Project Co-Winner Laura Lehmann should be returning home from Sanya after her journey in the pageant. Here is her message to the entire Philippines:
PHILIPPINES!!!! 🇵🇭️ I’m on my way back home as I write this message & I am just so excited for all the bangus, daing, bagoong, YANYAN & Mang Inasal unli-rice that I’m going to eat. 🤣 But most of all, I am so excited to be returning to my country! 🙂 As you can tell from his pic I was SO happy to be wearing your sash last night. 🙂 I felt so proud showing the world that I come from the land known for its people – their laughter, smile, spirit & warmth no matter where in the world they are. When I first met the girls last month, the first thing almost all of them told me was that they had Filipinos in their neighborhood (kahit sa Caribbean guys paano kaya tayo na abot dun ) & that they were the best & kindest type of people. 🙂 I know we didn’t get as far as we wanted to here, but I don’t want anyone to be sad, okay? ️ Remember what Coach Tai said, Happy Happy Heartstrong. What’s important is that we live our lives with a smile & with a heart, because we are so lucky. 🙂 I want you to know that I had an amazing journey here & that I learned much more than any classroom could teach me. Just wearing this beautiful @markbumgarner creation already made me feel like a queen. And so with that, this is Laura Lehmann – Beauty With A Purpose Winner, Head To Head Winner, Top 40 – saying, I love you Philippines & I’m coming home. ️ – 9 hours ago
As far as being a co-winner of Beauty With A Purpose, this is her message:
The moment they announced the Beauty With A Purpose Winners!!! Eeeek I was so happy. 🙂 Because Beauty With A Purpose is really the reason I chose to join Miss World. 🙂 Watching everyone’s project was so inspiring & it made me so happy because some girls are really doing some amazing things. ️ My roommate Linh gave electricity to an isolated village while Tya made sure no one in hers would ever go hungry again. Sustainability at its finest & those are just 2 out of 118! Most of the videos are up on YouTube & I hope they make your day a little bit brighter like they did for me. 🙂 Click the link in my bio to watch my video! Produced and shot by #CultureShockProductions @realyo82. By the way I am loving this #IndoPhilLove #StopFightingGuys
Congratulations to Miss India Manushi Chhillar. You are Miss World 2017! The 6th blue crown for the South Asian nation.
1st Runner-Up is Miss Mexico Andrea Meza and 2nd Runner-Up is Miss England Stephanie Hill. Kenya and South Africa completed the Top 5.
Watch Manushi’s crowning moment below.
Laura Lehmann of the Philippines made Top 40. And with all the Top 5 BWAP Finalists declared as Beauty a with A Purpose Winners, that added to her performance value. She did not advance to the Top 15 Quarterfinalists anymore.
Let’s cut to the chase. The biggest heart of Miss World is Beauty With A Purpose. And with that in mind, I am confidently presenting my Final Top 10 for the 2017 edition. One of the ladies with their respective BWAP projects below will be the successor of Stephanie del Valle:
South Africa – Ade Van Heerden
Philippines – Laura Lehmann
Russia, Polina Popova
England, Stephanie Hill
Brazil, Gabrielle Vilela
India, Manushi Chhillar
Indonesia, Achintya Nilsen
France, Aurore Kichenin
Thailand, Phatlada Kullaphakthanaphat
Australia, Esma Voloder
In my mind, I will not be surprised to see the Top 5 with three Asian ladies – Philippines, Indonesia and India – along with South Africa and Russia. One of the three – Laura, Achintya and Manushi – could be this year’s winner. Are you excited for such possibility happening?
At the end of the day, my #1 choice is and will be Laura Lehmann of the Philippines for the blue crown.