Clockwise, from top left: Miss Universe 2012 First Runner-Up Janine Tugonon; Manhunt International 2012 June Macasaet; Miss Supranational 2012 3rd Runner-Up Elaine Kay Moll; Miss International 2012 Semifinalist Nicole Schmitz; Miss World 2012 Semifinalist (8th Place) Queenie Rehman; Miss International Queen 2012 Kevin Balot; Mr. World 2012 1st Runner-Up Andrew Wolff and Miss Earth 2012 Miss Air Stephanie Stefanowitz.
2012 was a very good year in Philippine Pageantry. And the honors weren’t just limited to mainstream beauty competitions for beautiful Filipinas. We also conquered both its Male and Transgender counterparts. A quick litany reads like an enviable record for other pageant-loving nations. Topping it all are placements in the Big 4: 1st Runner-Up in Miss Universe 2012, 1st Runner-Up (Miss Air) in Miss Earth 2012 plus Top 15 Semifinalist placements in Miss World 2012 and Miss International 2012. For Miss Supranational 2012, we also made it to Top 5 by taking 3rd Runner-Up honors. And then there is Mr. World 2012 with a 2nd place finish, preceded by a well-deserved win in Manhunt International 2012. Not to be outdone is the first-ever victory of the Philippines in Miss International Queen 2012. Whew! And I’m not yet adding a Top 5 reach of Janicel Lubina in the lesser-known Miss Scuba International or the Top 15 semis slot in Miss Asia Pacific World of Grendel Alvarado, plus last night’s victory of Rizzini Alexis Gomez as Miss Tourism International 2012!
All of these achievements by our representatives give the country excellent reasons to look forward to 2013 with unbridled enthusiasm.
Stay with me and together, we will journey into the Year of the Snake as our sash-wearers continue to slither (pun intended) their way to the top of the pageant world.
Happy New Year to one and all!!! 😀
Grendel Alvarado representing the Philippines in Miss Asia Pacific World 2012 (Photo credit: Missosology)
Grendel in her national costume (Photo credit: Missosology)
Grendel Alvarado is now in Korea bannering the Philippine sash in Miss Asia Pacific World 2012. The 26 year-old fashion model and winner of the first and only edition of Philippines’ Next Top Model years back should be having the time of her life. She wanted so much to take part in Bb. Pilipinas, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
At 5’8″, Grendel is one of the taller ladies in the competition, and perhaps one of the more elegant ones. Her extensive background in catwalk/modeling and posing will definitely come in handy as this will make her stand out with a straight posture and sophisticated vibe.
Let’s see what fate awaits Grendel in the beauty competition. If she ends up winning (or placing in) this one, it will more or less vindicate her non-inclusion in BBP. 😉
Grendel Alvarado, Miss Philippines for Miss Asia Pacific World 2012
Grendel Alvarado missed the cut as Official Candidate of Bb. Pilipinas 2011 when she was already 25. She must have thought that it was her final opportunity to join a beauty pageant and represent the Philippines abroad.
The winner of the one and only Philippines’ Next Top Model reality search (in 2007), Grendel thought too soon. Now at the ripe age of 27, she has been appointed as the Philippine entry to the Miss Asia-Pacific World 2012 to be hosted not by one, not by two, but three countries altogether. Japan, South Korea and China will take turns in handling this year’s proceedings. Probably because of the controversies that surrounded last year’s edition in Seoul, the tri-country hosting should provide a more transparent check-and-balance of all activities in order to redeem the smeared reputation of Miss Aisa-Pacific World.
Let’s hope this year will more than make up for what happened in the past. Of course, it goes without saying that we should at least support our candidate in the same. Grendel will be leaving for South Korea on May 24.
Good luck, Grendel! 🙂