Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 will take place in Manila, Philippines from September 14 to October 4. Watch the teaser clip above featuring reigning titleholder Francielly Ouriques of Brazil who has been staying in the country for the past weeks now leading to the Finals when she will crown her successor.
And she’s back!
As part of her duties and responsibilities as the reigning titleholder, Miss Asia Pacific International 2017 Francielly Ouriques of Brazil has returned to the Philippines to do promotional shoots, pictorials, provincial tours and other activities for the upcoming 2018 edition of the pageant that will be hosted in the country come mid-September | Photo credits: JR Noses, Joy Arguil and Noli Berioso
Gone are the periods when pageantry blogging and coverage is strictly seasonal. Time was when the two quarters of an incoming year are dedicated to just Bb. Pilipinas and Miss Philippines Earth, with the month of June considered to be a rest period of sorts. Now, the 3rd quarter is already earmarked for Mutya ng Pilipinas and Miss World Philippines, with short intermittent breaks in between. And by the time the last quarter chimes in, focus is directed on the international missions of our crowned national titleholders, be it here or abroad.
Now, practically every other week of the twelve months of the year is already penciled for either new pageants, rising competitions and the numerous festivals around the country which have already leveled up in terms of production and finals staging.
In 2017, normannorman.com started with the 65th Miss Universe in Manila back in January and ended with the Christmas Tour of the Miss Universe 2017 winner and national winners earlier this month. February, March and April were Bb. Pilipinas 2017 and Mister Philippines coverages, with Miss Philippines Earth 2017 activities overlapping in the tail-end leading to the mid-year Finals together with Mr & Miss Hannah’s EcoTourism Philippines. The ever-consistent Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 immediately followed suit, with the launch of new management over at Miss World Philippines Organization starting a fresh new reboot for the once-single-titled competition into one that now offers multiple crowns at stake.
The active entry of Miss Scuba Philippines, Mr & Miss BPO & Mrs. Tourism and continuation of Miss Global Philippines and Jewel of the Philippines cornered part of our attention, while male contests tripled in number with Misters of Filipinas, Gentlemen of the Philippines and Man of the Globe earning their stripes for either the nth, 2nd or inaugural editions. Of course, we cannot forget the hosting of Miss Asia Pacific International 2017 and Miss Earth 2017 which created controversy with yet another hometown decision during the Coronation Night.
All in all, this has been a busy year. And thanks to the additional trust given to your blogger by regional pageants from Laoag and Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte to Vigan in Ilocos Sur, from Tarlac to Laguna to Quezon Province and Puerto Galera, from Tacloban City to Burauen, Leyte, from Cebu to Toledo and from Cotabato City to Cagayan de Oro.
Lastly, being awarded as one of the Philippine Empowered Men and Women of 2017 is a big icing on the cake, along with the trust given by ABS-CBN, CNN Philippines, GMA-7 and Rappler for appearances, contributions and interviews that extended my reach within and beyond our shores.
As I have always said in jest to people who ask how I fit in everything in my already hectic schedule of commitments, there should be a cloning device that would allow yours truly to be present in two simultaneous events happening in two separate venues. But I am enjoying the ride regardless.
Thank you for staying with me, dear readers. I may not be the perfect pageant blogger, but I always try and will always keep you on the loop in anything and everything significant in this industry we so love to follow despite the flaws and shortcomings that never cease to induce both critical and bashing sides of everyone’s online alter egos.
Happy New Year to all!
Just as I predicted, Francielly Ouriques of Brazil outperformed 41 other delegates to win Miss Asia-Pacific International 2017 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila. She was crowned by last year’s Tessa Le Conge of the Netherlands.
Her court includes 1st Runner-Up Acacia Walker of New Zealand (who gave the Brazilian a big run for the win going into the final deliberation), 2nd Runner-Up Valeria Cardona of Honduras, 3rd Runner-Up Morgan Doelwijt of the Netherlands and 4th Runner-Up Ilene de Vera of the Philippines.
It was really tight between Francielly and Acacia since the former had limited facility in English as compared to the latter’s fluid articulation of thoughts. But since this pageant focuses less on endless speaking engagements and more on beauty tourism/cultural diversity, the kind-hearted South American lass nosed out the Kiwi in the endgame.
Congratulations to all winners!
From among the 42 Official Candidates of Miss Asia-Pacific International 2017, I will go straight to the point and present to you my Top 8 ladies – the ones who fit the bill as the winner of this year’s edition and be the successor of Tessa Le Conge of the Netherlands. There are actually a few more deserving of inclusion in the magic circle, but these are the performers I have strong gut-feel for as being the eventual winner – with four of them being runners-up as well:
Lydia Simonis-Tariu of Cook Islands may be 8th on the list but she is the one I reckon could give a welcome surprise for the top spot, much like Davina Bennett of Jamaica in Miss Universe. She is the Face of this batch, but I want her to shine more in the finals and prove her crown-worthiness against my top choice Francielly Ouriques of Brazil who is a commanding Goddess of a favorite at this point, much like Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa in Miss Universe. Not surprisingly, the South African in this batch – Chanelle Soncini – is also a fierce contender and could upend the others if the breaks go her way. Miss Philippines Ilene de Vera is a shoo-in for the Top 5 for me, not just because she is wearing that sash. She really delivered when it mattered most.
That leaves Acacia Walker of New Zealand, Valeria Cardona of Honduras, Francisca Wong Loi Sing of Suriname and Vuong Thanh Tuyem of Vietnam fighting for the final spot.
I would be happy with any one of my top picks claiming the victory in tomorrow night’s Finals at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila.
Best of luck, ladies!
The 42 Official Candidates of Miss Asia Pacific International 2017 were introduced to members of the media during the Press Presentation held earlier – both at the Ballroom and Poolside of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel Manila.
In the same event, the new crown (made by Manny Halasan) was unveiled by Miss Asia Pacific International President Jacqueline Tan-Sainz and reigning winner Tessa Le Conge.
Voted as Darling of the Press is a surprised Hasini Samuel of Sri Lanka, followed by Aylasha Ramrachia of Mauritius and Vuong Thanh Tuyem of Vietnam.
The candidates will be brought to Palawan for the Swimsuit Competition at Sheridan Resort, with Boracay as another stop at Sheridan Villas. Finals will be held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila on November 29.
My early favorites are Brazil, Cook Islands, Honduras, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Philippines, Suriname and Vietnam.
Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia-Pacific International 2017 Ilene Astrid de Vera is admittedly a pageant newbie who won her first-ever crown – on a national level at that – in her first attempt. Not bad for this tall and beautiful Cebuana who is learning the tricks of the trade from the meaningful advises of predecessors and well-intentioned handlers. At the same time, she knows that spontaneity is another card she can play – inspired by the all-around performance of fellow Cebuana Elizabeth Clenci who just placed 2nd Runner-Up in Miss Grand International 2017.
Ilene takes into full consideration her role as host delegate while setting her sights on the Miss Asia-Pacific International crown – a potential achievement she wants to land on top of her head by November 26 – finals date of her pageant mission. She will make sure that the forty-nine (49) other delegates will see her – both as a friendly big sister and a worthy competitor.
Here is a quick video greeting for the readers of normannorman.com from Ilene herself.
Starting November 10, the beautiful delegates who are set to vie for Miss Asia-Pacific International 2017 will start arriving in our shores to join Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia-Pacific International 2017 Ilene de Vera with hopes of succeeding the reigning titleholder Tessa Le Conge of the Netherlands.
Over fifty (50) candidates will spend close to three (3) weeks for pre-pageant activities (in both Manila and Palawan) leading to the finals scheduled at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre of Resorts World Manila on November 29.
Here’s the official PR release from the organizers:
After a decade of hiatus, the mother of all beauty pageants in Southeast Asia is back. Last year, the official re-launching of the pageant took place in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, specifically at the renowned Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa. 22-year old stunner, Tessa Helena Le Conge from the Netherlands is the current titleholder. She bested the other international contenders with her overwhelming charm, wit and positivity. “I think nowadays it’s sad to see so much negativity in the world, because you see people don’t really respect each other. I would like to show people what you can do with a good light in your heart,” she quipped with her dazzling smile. She was joined by Chawanya Thanomwong of Thailand (1st runner up), RP’s Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan (2nd runner-up), Felicia George of Cook Islands (3rd runner up), Soyeon Kim of South Korea (4th runner-up).
This year, with over fifty stunning and empowered women from all over the world, the organization has decided to bring the coronation night to the nation’s capital, Manila. With its advocacy to foster love and appreciation of cultural, physical, and spiritual diversities, Miss Asia Pacific International is set to inspire the everyone to be comfortable in their own skin and to believe that their unique and distinct traits is one of the key qualities that make them beautiful.
This year’s much-awaited pageant season is set to start with the candidates arrival in Manila on November 10, and to culminate with the Grand Coronation set to happen on the 29th at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Resorts World Manila.
For more updates, you may check their website at http://www.asiapacificintl.com/ or follow Miss Asia Pacific International’s social media accounts (FB: Miss Asia Pacififc International, IG: @missasiapacificintl TW: @ms_asiapacific)
Prior to the finals of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 last Friday night, Ilene Astrid de Vera of Cebu was already one of the top favorites to make it as one of the winners. While some observers noticed that her journey to the crown had its share of mild downs in the process. She was initially voted Darling of the Press then became middling in impact shortly after during the Swimsuit Competition in Hannah’s. She moved up once more when the whole group went to Alta D’Tagaytay for the Long Gown Competition, she started moving up more steadily and never looked back ever since.
What was running inside her head the moment her name was announced as the big winner? And how is she starting her game plan for Miss Asia-Pacific International 2017 which is less than two months away?
“As cliché as it may sound, I was shocked when my name was called because all I was aiming for was the Top Model of World title. I did not expect too much from myself even if I did all my best.
I’m planning to stay longer here in Manila to train myself. Out of all the titleholders, Im the one who has the least time to prepare so I really have to do double time. I also obviously need to lose more weight so you can expect to see me more at the gym. Im also very excited to work with the Mutya ng Pilipinas Organization for the rest of my reign.”
“It’s already enough pressure for me being chosen to compete for the pageant. Mutya ng Pilipinas was my first national pageant and winning it seems surreal. I just want to do better than my best and make all my trainings and sacrifices worth it.”
And some final words to your supporters and followers in Cebu?
“I just want to thank everyone who believed in me from the very start. To the people who pushed me to achieve more, my handler Jonas Borces, my KF family, my friends and family, have been very instrumental to my success. I’m living my dream, our dream for Cebu and now the Philippines. I will make you all prouder.”