Eileen being crowned by last year’s winner Mary Ann Mungcal
Congratulations to Mary Eileen Gonzales for winning Miss Global Philippines 2018 during the finals last night at The Cove Manila in Okada. Her court of runners-up include Cheska Viñas, Nicole Osuna Dichoso, Charlene Duran and Alexandra Moraga, in that order.
Eileen, a single mom who was 2nd Runner-Up during the same competition back in 2015, walked away with the title this time around. She was crowned by last year’s winner Mary Ann Mungcal.
Photo credit: Edmund Ong Chua
Miss Global Philippines 2017 Mary Ann Mungcal
Mary Ann Mungcal from Pampanga (the same province of outgoing titleholder Camille Hirro) was crowned Miss Global Philippines 2017 during the close of the finals held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila. She will now set her sights on representing the country in the next edition of Miss Global 2016 later this year in a still undiclosed host country.
Earlier, Mungcal cornered a lion’s share of the special awards – including Best in Swimsuit and Long Gown – before slowly climbing to the top of the rankings. She fumbled during the Top 10 Q&A but redeemed herself fairly well during the Top 5 that sustained her pole position on the judges’ scoresheets.
Her court includes 1st Runner-Up Rowee Sasuluya, 2nd Runner-Up Jacqueline Mayoralgo, 3rd Runner-Up Mhaelen Patano and 4th Runner-Up Fina Galupa.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Tonight, two beauty pageant finals will unfold simultaneously.
First is the Miss Global Philippines 2017 at Resorts World Manila where Camille Cj Hirro will crown her successor among the 22 beautiful contenders below. See who will take home the victory at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.
Best of luck to all the ladies, but most especially to my favorites Jacqueline Mayoralgo, Mary Ann Mungcal, Charmaine Aller, Frencheska Frias Nueva and Christine Balaguer.
normannorman.com will be at the venue to cover with Joy Arguil and Joseph Gerard V. Jose.
And over at the PICC Plenary Hall at CCP Complex in Pasay City, the thirty (30) candidates of Miss Manila 2017 will try to outshine each other as they go onstage for the crowning of a new face for the city to succeed Cristelle Tolentino.
I have more than a few ladies here who I want to land on top, such as former Binibini 4 Maria Gail Tobes, Kristine Montes, Joanna Tolledo, Katrina Sese and Athena Catriz.
Who will be the lucky girl to win PhP1 Million Pesos in the end?
Mary Ann Mungcal (center) was named Best In Swimsuit with Jacqueline Mayoralgo (right) and Dianne Santiago placing 1st and 2nd Runners-Up
Host Andrew Wolff gamely posed with the candidates
The swimsuit competition winners flanked by the judges and organizers
Best in Swimsuit Mary Ann Mungcal
Last night, the swimsuit competition of Miss Global Philippines 2017 was held at La Carmela de Boracay with Mary Ann Mungcal (left photo) nosing out the other ladies to be named Best in Swimsuit. Jacqueline Mayoralgo and Dianne Santiago joined her for a Top 3 podium finish.
Earlier, the ladies spent the day doing fun activities on the beach before preparing for the night event that is considered an important segment of the entire pageant.
Here are more photos taken by my coverage partner Joy Arguil.