At the Forbes Ballroom of Conrad Hotel Manila earlier, the Press Presentation of Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 was held in front of invited members of the media. As Pageant President Jacqueline Tan-Sainz stated, this is the 50th edition of the Asia/Asia-Pacific brand that makes this year’s edition extra meaningful. And what could be more apt than to assemble an exact number of fifty (50) Official Candidates coming from different parts of the world.
As is traditional, the Darling of the Press was voted upon and crowd favorite (and host delegate) Sharifa Akeel of the Philippines was named recipient of the award. She was followed by 1st Runner-Up Madeline Ferrara of Germany and 2nd Runner-Up Gabriela Palma of Brazil.
There are many beautiful delegates in this batch. Aside from the Philippines, Germany and Brazil, worth mentioning are the entries of Venezuela, Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Peru and Mongolia.
The National Costume Competition will be held this coming Thursday night, also at the Conrad Manila. Swimsuit and Evening Gown Preliminaries will be conducted in Vigan and Tagaytay, with the Talent Competition at the Loft in Rockwell. Finals will be on October 4 at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Resorts World Manila.
Below are the photos of the early favorites among the fifty.
It doesn’t usually happen to a national beauty pageant winner to be given just twelve hours or so to prepare for her international mission.
That is what’s exactly happening to newly-crowned Mutya Ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International Sharifa Akeel of Sultan Kudarat who is plunging right away for the Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 pre-pageant activities. Actually, the other delegates have already jump started things ahead of her (with the Welcome dinner last Saturday night and a photoshoot in Rockwell yesterday).
I am confident, however, that this lady will level up for her mission. She is ready for this!
See you in tomorrow’s Press Presentation!
Photo credit: Lito Sy
A fresh young ingenue from Sultan Kudarat was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International and will now head straight tomorrow to officially represent the Philippines in Miss Asia-Pacific International 2018 which will have its Press Presentation on Tuesday afternoon. Sharifa Akeel got her wish of getting the top title amd is game enough to forego the post-coronation rest. She will have her photoshoot in the daytime and get herself acquainted with the almost 50 other international delegates.
Aya Fernandez, younger sister of former Bb. Pilipinas International Patricia Fernandez was crowned Mutya Tourism International and will compete in Malaysia this coming December.
Two Visayans complete the new titleholders as Keshapornam Ramachandran of Iloilo and Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol were adjudged Mutya- Tourism Queen of the Year International and Mutya-Global Beauty Queen. They will compete in their respective international missions later this year in China and May of 2019 in Korea, respectively.
1st Runner-Up is Mary Justine Teng of Muntinlupa City and 2nd Runner-Up is Kristine Malicsi of Navotas.
Jade Roberts of Australia was honored with the title of Mutya-Overseas Communities.
Conratulations to all the Golden eidtion winners of Mutya ng Pilipinas!
After winning the Miss Asia title twice (and back-to-back) in 1982 and 1983 courtesy of Carines Zaragoza and Bong Dimayacyac, the Philippines finally claimed its first Miss Asia Pacific crown via Lorna Legaspi when she competed in Hong Kong back in 1989.
The first image above shows a recent photo of Lorna (taken last April) where she is wearing a blue gown by Designer Paul Rex Ramir Mateo. Second image (on the left) is her crowning as MAP1989 by outgoing titleholder Preeyanuch Panpradub of Thailand. Third image )(below) is the courtesy call with then Philippine President Corazon Aquino along with some of her runners-up.
Onwards to Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 next month!
Reigning Miss Asia Pacific International Francielly Ouriques of Brazil
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.
#LastChance to be one of the fifty (50) Official Candidates in the 50th Mutya Ng Pilipinas so you can join the others who already made it via the regional/provincial qualifiers, previous screenings and the eliminations from Overseas Filipino Communities.
This coming Sunday, July 15, the Manila Screening will be held at the Filipinas Function Room of Ascott Makati from 2pm-6pm.
Check out the requirements above and see if you are ready and qualified to take part in the biggest and brightest edition ever of one of our favorite national beauty pageants.
According to Mutya ng Pilipinas President Hemilyn Escudero-Tamayo, four (4) titles will be handed out on September 16 – Grand Coronation Night – at the Mall of Asia Arena:
Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia-Pacific International 2018 – to compete as host delegate of Miss Asia-Pacific International 2018 in the Philippines immediately a day after she is crowned;
Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2018 – to compete in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Miss Tourism International 2018/2019 this coming December where our very own Jannie Alipoon is the reigning titleholder;
Mutya ng Pilipinas Global Beauty Queen 2018 – who will travel to Incheon, Korea from October 10-28 for Miss Global Beauty Queen 2018 and;
Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism Queen of the Year International 2018 – to compete in a still unannounced host Asian City for Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2018 by early December.