This is truly the height of the worldwide beauty pageant season. Four, I repeat, four big international competitions are simultaneously happening in different parts of the globe. First, there is Miss Earth 2009 here in the Philippines. Then there is Mrs. World 2009 in Vung Tau, Vietnam. Meanwhile, the Miss International 2009 gets underway in Chengdu, China later this week, while the Miss World 2009 just winded up the London leg and the 115 delegates are now in Dubai, UAE for the short second leg en route to South Africa for the official pre-pageant activities and finals on December 12.
Here are some pictures of Bb. Pilipinas-World 2009 Marie-Ann Umali a few days after her arrival in London for Miss World 2009. In my opinion, she has the toughest competition ahead, on top of having more than 100 delegates to battle with.
Miss Philippines Marie-Ann Umali (in old rose cocktail dress) with other Miss World candidates at the London Grosvenor Hotel.
Miss Philippines Marie-Ann Umali (top right with her eyes closed) with other Miss World candidates. Notice the gorgeous Miss Mexico Perla Beltran (in black-and-white floral blazer and black turtle neck) who is one of the strongest contenders this year.
Group shot of some Miss World candidates with Miss Philippines Marie-Ann Umali (extreme left).
Below is the hectic three-country schedule of the Miss World 2009 candidates:
London, United Kingdom
Fri Nov. 6: Arrivals and Registration
sat Nov. 7: Arrivals, Registration, Photoshoots
Sun Nov. 8: World Travel Awards, Grosvenor Hotel
Mon Nov. 9: World Charity Gala, Grosvenor Hotel
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tue Nov. 10: Depart to Abu Dhabi
Thu Nov. 12: Abu Dhabi Fashion Show
Johannesburg, Durban, & Cape Town, South Africa
Sat Nov. 14: Depart to Johannesburg
Tue Nov. 17: Miss World Sports Final
Wed Nov. 18: Golf Day
Nov. 19-21: Miss World on Safari
Sun Nov. 22: Travel to Durban, Zimbali
Tue Nov. 24: Beach Beauty Finals, Durban
Wed Nov. 25: Return to Johannesburg
Sat Nov. 28: Miss World Top Model Final
Sun Nov. 29: Legends Entabeni
Mon Nov. 30: Victoria Falls Children’s Charity Evening
Tue Dec. 1: Blue Train to Cape Town
Thu Dec. 3: World Family Picnic
Fri Dec. 4: FIFA World Cup Draw
Sat Dec. 5: Return to Johannesburg
Sun Dec. 6: Miss World Talent Final
Thu Dec. 10: License Holders Meeting
Sat Dec. 12: Miss World 2009 FINALS
Once again, best of luck to Marie-Ann Umali!!!