The Philippines comes out on top in Miss Asia Pacific International! And she won two big crowns in less than a month’s time!
Congratulations to Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 Sharifa Areef Mohammed Omar Akeel for winning the bigger title tonight and succeeding last year’s Francielly Ouriques.
1st Runner-up: Brazil – Gabriela Palma
2nd Runner-up: Costa Rica – Melania Gonzales
3rd Runner-up: Mongolia – Misheelt Narmandakh
4th Runner-up: Venezuela – Mariani Nataly Chacon Angarita
It was really neck-to-neck between Sharifa and Gabriela of Brazil, just as I forecasted. Our home girl was preferred by the judges in the end.
Top 3 in Swimsuit Competition: Philippines (2nd), Brazil (1st) and Uruguay.
We all know by now that the Top 3 during the Swimsuit Competition of Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 held at Safari Hotel and Villas in Vigan, Ilocos Sur are:
Gabriela D. Palma of Brazil
Sharifa Akeel of the Philippines and
Natalia Gurgel of Uruguay
It was a tough fight for the Top placements.
But I am now adding twelve (12) ladies who I feel are making the contest even more hotter with their swimsuit presence:
Melissa Rios of Colombia
Melania Gonzales of Costa Rica
Madeline Ferrara of Germany
Didar Atmaja of Kazakhstan
Misheelt Narmandakh of Mongolia
Raquel van Gool of Netherlands
Stephanie Omogun of Nigeria
Kilmara Nayubel Carvajal of Panama
Karen Isabel Rojas of Peru
Sirakan Chaiprasit of Thailand
Mariani Nataly Chacon of Venezuela
Huynh Thuy Vi of Vietnam
The Latinas are really strong in the batch this year!
Swimsuits by Sony Boy Mindo
Above are the official headshots of the fifty (50) Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Official Candidates as photographed by Gelbert Aplal.
And below are my sixteen (16) early favorites to do well in the competition that will culminate in the Coronation Night on October 4. They stood out in my opinion during their respective turns onstage and when they started mingling with members of the media afterwards. In alphabetical order now:
#Brazil Gabriela Palma
#Colombia Melissa Rios
#CostaRica Melania Gonzales Monge
#Germany Madeline Ferrara
#Italy Kim Ashly Vito
#Kazakhstan Didar Atmaja
#Malaysia Crystal Tung Lu Yie
#Nigeria Stephanie Omogun
#Peru Karen Isabel Rojas
#Philippines Sharifa Akeel
#Russia Olga Plyusnina
#Thailand Sirakan Chaiprasit
#Uruguay Natalia Gurgel
#USA Mckenzie Lawrence
#Venezuela Mariani Nataly Chacon
#Vietnam Huynh Thuy Vi
Your thoughts, dear readers?