My take on what happened last night when all Top 18 ladies were asked to do the Evening Gown Competition even after the announcement of the Top 10 by host Xian Lim.
1. I think Angelique Manto of Pampanga should have already been part of the Top 10. But when her name wasn’t called…
2. It is possible that SGV & Co. reviewed the individual scores of the judges and may have found a glitch in the computer tally that may have led to the decision of doing a manual tallying of the scores in the Swimsuit Competition (which was the basis of who will make Top 10) instead. After doing so, the Kapampangan representative’s score must have been discovered to be high enough to be part of Top 10 but was unannounced due to the technical issue in the list printed from the main computer and handed over to the host.
3. As a result, all Top 18 ladies were asked to return for the Evening Gown Competition, perhaps to avoid any controversy. I reckon that SGV & Co. wouldn’t want a technical error go unnoticed and uncorrected.
4. From there, Angelique Manto entered the Top 5. This despite people wondering why someone who was not in the announced Top 10 even advanced to the Final Cut. She must have been in the thick of the top-tier fight all along.
I could be wrong, but this is how I see it. People must surmise why such a technical issue still happens in this day and age. But it still does. Apparently.
So who’s going where?
Aside from Michelle Marquez Dee being Miss Universe Philippines 2023, two other ladies in the Top 5 were given their crowns during a separate event at Okada Manila:
Pauline Amelinckx is now #MissSupranationalPhilippines2023.
Krishnah Gravidez is now #MissCharmPhilippines2023.
Photo credit: Joee Guilas
Imagine this, if you will.
A horse race with eleven (11) competitive jockeys at the starting gate.
And then the starting pistol was fired.
During the first furlong, two thoroughbreds grabbed the lead – securing their spots as horse bettors’ picks.
Going into the second to fourth furlongs, though, the initially underrated thoroughbreds started to step up and take the lead one after the other.
Now that the race is starting to wind up, the initial leaders are back at the top of their games and looking more and more like big winners.
Who will cross the finish line first?
That is the story of Miss Universe Philippines 2023 from where I blog.
At the onset, Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol and Michelle Dee of Makati jumped to the lead in fast and furious fashion.
And then slowly, the likes of Krishnah Gravidez of Baguio, Angelique Manto of Pampanga, Klyza Castro of Davao Oriental, Samantha Panlilio of Cavite, Emmanuelle Vera of Cebu Province and even Christine Opiaza of Zambales started proving their individual mights to the excitement of their fans and supporters. Now the race is becoming very competitive.
Now that we are on the penultimate day before the Finals, the momentum has suddenly shifted back to Amelinckx and Dee. The Preliminaries have greatly helped their causes.
It’s all up to the Boholana and the Makatizen if they will allow other comers to muddle up their positions at the top.
As for me, I vote for Pauline Amelinckx as Miss Universe Philippines 2023. I like Michelle Dee as well, but the former is looking like the template the Miss Universe Organization is searching for.
My Final Predictions are
Pauline Amelinckx – MUPH2023
Michelle Dee – Tourism
Klyza Castro – Charity
1st Runner-Up – Krishnah Gravidez
2nd Runner-Up- Angelique Manto
Kali Navea Huff
Airissh Ramos (my wildcard)
P.S. We all know that there will be no official proclamation of a Miss Supranational Philippines and Miss Charm Philippines. But if Michelle Dee and Klyza Castro get their respective post-coronation appointments as such, then I’m all good with them getting the crowns.
The smoldering hot bodies of our Miss Universe Philippines 2023 candidates are enough to bring more fire to an already sizzling summer heat wave.
Before today’s Press Presentation, allow me to share my 8 favorites for the #SwimsuitChallenge:
Krishnah Gravidez of Baguio
Angelique Manto of Pampanga
Emmanuelle Vera of Cebu Province
Christine Opiaza of Zambales
Michelle Marquez Dee of Makati
Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol
Samantha Alexandra Panlilio of Cavite
Jannarie Zarzoso of Agusan del Norte
Who are yours?
The Miss Universe Philippines 2023 candidates have safely arrived in Palawan for the continuation of their activities. Below are a few photos of them, including that of Michelle Marquez Dee, Pauline Amelinckx, Samantha Alexandra Panlilio, Clare Sanchez Inso and others.
Photos courtesy of @missuupdates
This year, Mutya ning Kapampangan wrapped up its search the other night with the proclamation of Mary Angelique Manto of Lubao as the fairest among the twenty-two candidates. The beautiful Communication Arts major of University of Santo Tomas proved that she has both beauty and talent to bring her to the top 5. From there, she was able to handle the final Q&A well enough to secure the title and defeat the other favorites for the crown. A former 2nd Runner-up in The Search for Ideal Thomasian Personalities 2013 (TSITP), she used the experience to help her stand out in the finals.So the next question would automatically circle around the possibility of joining Bb. Pilipinas (or Mutya ng Pilipinas if you will) next year or in 2016. You see, this pretty lass is only 18. And the future could be real bright for her in the pageant world if she chooses to further her training and polishing for the big league.
Will we see more of Mary Angelique Manto in the months to come? I have a good hunch about her.
But for now, let’s all wait and see. 😉