The Philippines is ranked 4th in terms of number of wins in Miss Universe with four (4), 2nd only in Miss International even with six (6) and a tie for 18th-37th places with so many other countries in Miss World with one (1) each. Outside the homegrown Miss Earth where Filipinas are comfortably leading the way with four (4) victories, it is in the Malaysia-based Miss Tourism International competition where we are lording it over with five (5) titleholders since it started only during the mid-1990s. The reigning titleholder herself is Mutya Pilipinas 2019 Cyrille Payumo who saved the country from a complete shutout in international wins from recognized pageants last year.
To the eyes of some, MTI may only be a second-tier international beauty event. But with its relative consistency of mounting the finals year after year, good Tourism thrust and a reputable organization headed by Tan Sri Datu Danny Ooi, it deserves due respect from the global pageant community.
I wanted so much to share videos of all five ladies, but I could no longer find one with Maria Esperanza Manzano from 2000. Below are the late Rizzini Alexis Gomez, Angeli Dione Gomez, Jannie Alipo-on and Cyrille Payumo.
Happy Easter, dear readers!
The Philippines wins another Miss Tourism International title via Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 Jannie Alipo-on who was crowned as this year’s big winner at the Grand Ballroom of Sunway Resort & Spa in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. She is the 4th to achieve the victory for the country after Maria Esperanza Manzano in 2000, the late Rizzini Alexis Gomez in 2012 and Angeli Dione Gomez in 2013.
Her runners-up are (in this order): Poland, Indonesia, Australia and Brazil.
Congratulations, Jannie! This is such a well-deserved win for you!
Congratulations, Jannie Alipo-on for winning Miss Tourism International 2017/2018!
The Philippines’ three titleholders of Miss Tourism International
Unknown to some, Maria Esperanza Manzano kicked off our MTI wins back in 2000.
Recency-wise, we can all remember the back-to-back win of the Philippines in Miss Tourism International
courtesy of Rizzini Alexis Gomez and Angeli Dione Gomez. But in terms of primacy, there was another Filipina who captured our first. Maria Esperanza Manzano was elected Miss Tourism International back in 2000. Little may be known about her whereabouts nowadays, but the former Miss Quezon City (before becoming a Mutya ng Pilipinas winner
) must be living a happily married life at the moment.
But even before the three aforementioned victories, the country has already notched two other crowns from the same organizers back when Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International was still being given away as an independent title and not a 1st runner-up equivalent of late. Sherylle Santarin (sister of the late Bb. Pilipinas International 1993 Sheila Mae Santarin) and Racquel Uy were the winners in 1996 and 1999, respectively.
From the same organizers of MTI, we also have two (2) Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International winners when the title was still independently selected
So as you can see, the Malaysian officials of D’Touch International Sdn Bhd
are really quite fond of our candidates in their competitions. And I doubt if that will change in the years to come. They know that we send them topnotch delegates. And being geographical neighbors also helps in facilitating a Filipina winner’s fulfillment of her responsibilities to the organization.
P.S. MTI2013/14 Angeli Dione Gomez will be back home this coming Tuesday. Hope she will be given a rousing welcome as well. 😉