Jonas (center) with Megan Young and Mireia Lalaguna after the finals
There are malicious stories spreading in the pageant world that Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens allegedly “walked out” of the Theater at MGM National Harbor after Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle was announced as the winner of Miss World 2016. It’s so easy to make stories and bold interpretations of something that can never hold water when faced with real facts.
Truth be told, Jonas Gaffud himself confirmed that he was inside the theater the entire time after the winner was crowned. He was in the company of another Aces & Queens pillar, Arnold Mercado. He even went up the stage to have pictures taken with the winners and Julia Morley (with whom he had a small talk with).
Jonas with Miss World 2013 Megan Young
Afterwards, a security guy approached him because Megan Young needed her mobile phone. And since he volunteered to hold on to her unit for safety while the Finals was ongoing, he then stepped out and went backstage to hand over Miss World 2013 the phone.
And here is where talks of an alleged “walkout” started. Totally untrue. There is really nothing into this except to spread lies of hate and lack of sportsmanship – something that Jonas will not even entertain thoughts of doing.
So whoever started the whole thing, please check your facts first. Better yet, you could have followed Jonas when he went backstage to give Megan her phone. You would have gotten a clearer flow of events instead of putting one-and-one together and weaving an entirely different version out of it.
-End of story-
Jonas with Miss World 2016 Top 5 Finisher Catriona Gray
Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico (Getty Images)
Stephanie reacts to winning Miss World 2016
Stephanie with her two runners-up from Dominican Republic and Indonesia
Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico is the 66th Miss World. She now succeeds Spain’s Mireia Lalaguna. Yaritza Reyes of the Dominican Republic was named 1st Runner-Up, with Natasha Manuela of Indonesia (who also won Beauty with a Purpose) getting 2nd Runner-Up.
Catriona Gray of the Philippines and Evelyn Njiambi of Kenya made up the remaining ladies in the Top 5.
The other candidates who placed in the Top 10 are Belgium, Brazil, China PR, USA, Korea and Mongolia (Fan Vote).
Congratulations to all the winners!
PS. I need to catch up on sleep now before I blog about my thoughts on the results
Catriona, Rohit and Mireia
The visit to Manila of Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna and Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal is decidedly low-key. It doesn’t help that their brief stay coincides with the flurry of Miss Earth 2016 activities that members of the media were torn as to which events to cover as the scheduled hours overlapped. At any rate, the charity visits to the Beauty With A Purpose (BWAP) Projects at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) pushed through at the Cancer Pediatric Wards, as well as the activity at Tulay Foundation for differently-abled children and young teens.
Good friends Mireia and Miss World Philippines 2015 (and Miss World 2015 Top 10) Hillarie Parungao reunited as well. We can still remember them being close during last year’s competition in Sanya, China.
As for Rohit, the dashing Indian (aside from joining in the charity events) also met up with Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray. Shades of a dinner with a former titleholder, a reigning titleholder and possibly a future titleholder for Miss World Organization (MWO).
For now, the good-looking duo are still billeted at Conrad Manila but will be checking out soon to fly off to their next destination.
Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna during one of her charity visits earlier yesterday
Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna and Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal do a selfie inside Conrad Manila
Beautiful Mireia posing inside Conrad Manila
Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna with her good friend Hillarie Parungao
Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal with Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Miss World 2015 Top 10 Hillarie Parungao and Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray
Hope you enjoyed your brief stay in Manila! 😉
Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal of India
Miss World Mireia Lalaguna of Spain
The two will add glitter to the Miss World Philippines 2016 Finals
Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna and Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal will fly in to Manila to serve as judges during the finals of Miss World Philippines 2016. And due to the request of Julia Morley and the Miss World Organization (MWO) for the reigning titleholders to be accommodated, the Coronation Night has been effectively moved to October 9 – same venue at the Manila Hotel tent still.
This will definitely add that extra level of excitement because people will show more interest in the event. Let us hope that the organizers, network (GMA-7) and Viva Entertainment will be able to capitalize well on the presence of Mireia and Rohit.
And just to add an extra spice, Julia Morley might just be with them as well. 😉
Miss World Philippines 2015 Hillarie Parungao and Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna
It’s interesting how solid friendships are developed throughout the course of a whole pageant. And during the month-long run of Miss World in Sanya, China last November-December, bonds will definitely be formed among the 114 candidates who competed. Our very own Miss World Philippines and Miss World Top 10 finisher Hillarie Parungao clicked with Miss World Spain and now Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna Royo from Day 1. And alongside Miss World Portugal Rafaela Pardete, they formed a good sisterhood that has extended beyond the competition, being constantly in touch with each other and all.
And with the important BWAP Projects of Julia Morley and Miss World Organization in the Philippines, I can only anticipate a future visit of the reigning titleholder which will give way to a reunion between the two BFFs – Hillarie and Mireia!
Meanwhile, our MWP was a sight to behold during the Mark Bumgarner fashion show at Dusit Thani Manila earlier this week. The two side photos in the grid above were taken from the said event. 🙂
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna Royo
Before Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines and Mireia Lalaguna Royo of Spain, 2007 was the last time an Asian won Miss Universe – courtesy of Japan’s Riyo Mori
– while 2009 was when Kaiane Aldorino of Gibraltar claimed the blue crown for Europe. Nothing unusual with that, really, except if you compare the frequency of the Latin Americans lording it over these two titles.
If we do the reverse, Europeans are finding it more difficult to win the Universe because the last titleholder from that region was the dethroned Oxana Fedorova of Russia back in 2002 and before that, Mona Grudt of Norway in 1990. Modern Miss World history has favored Asian winners outside of India only during the last ten years with two Chinese (Zhang Zilin and Wenxia Yu) and a Filipina (Megan Lynne Young) getting the #1 spots for 2007, 2012 and 2013, respectively.
So where or what is the sense in all of these rantings? I am not intellectualizing on the subject matter. But in terms of recency, Europeans are a lot less lucky in Miss Universe, while Africans are getting the smallest slice of the pie in Miss World. I really don’t have a big problem with that. As long as the Philippines is on top or always near the top, I’m all good.
Okay, another brand new week has started, and more days to squeeze my brain for new topics to blog about. 😉
Rolene Strauss crowns Mireia Lalaguna of Spain as Miss World 2015
Mireia Lalaguna Royo of Spain was crowned Miss World 2015 at the Beauty Crown Theater in Sanya, China. She is the first Spanish lass to win the blue crown and is now the successor of Rolene Strauss.
Sofia Nikitchuk of Russia placed 1st Runner-Up and Maria Harfanti of Indonesia was named 2nd Runner-Up. Synetta Myrie of Jamaica and Valerie Abou Chacra of Lebanon completed the Top 5.
As for Miss Philippines Hillarie Parungao, she made it to Top 10 and was named winner of the Multimedia Challenge. Not bad. To place that high in a field of 114 is no mean feat. She deserves a good pat on the back.
Miss World 2015 Top 10 with Miss Philippines Hillarie Parungao (2nd from left)
Making it to Top 10 of Miss World 2015 is already a big achievement
Congratulations to all the winners! 🙂