Amidst all the controversies (and unforgiveable embarrasments) with the initial days of SEA Games hosting in the country, the Opening Ceremony this coming Saturday, November 30, should be a source of pride for Filipinos. Aside from the showcase of World-Class singing talents, the muses of the participating countries in the region’s biennial sporting event will be eleven (11) of our international beauty titleholders, namely:
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach for Team Philippines
Miss World 2013 Megan Young for Team Indonesia
Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman for Team Malaysia
Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell for Team Singapore
Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong for Team Thailand
Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco for Team Myanmar
Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman for Team Brunei
Miss Eco International 2018 Cynthia Thomalla for Team Laos
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel for Team Vietnam
Miss Tourism International 2017 Jannie Alipo-on for Team East Timor
Miss Multinational 2017 Sophia Senoron for Team Cambodia
Let’s hope that things go on an upswing after the festive start.
Andrea Melgarejo is Miss Paraguay in the 65th Miss Universe
Miss Paraguay in the 65th Miss Universe is Lourdes Andrea Melgarejo from Guaira. She is 22 years old and stands 1.80m. Some might recall that she already wore the sash of her country during Miss Earth 2015 held in Vienna, Austria and won by our very own Angelia Ong.
Andrea is in her 5th year of Medical Studies at the Catholic University of Villarica. On the side, she is a private teacher of Chemistry and Mathematics. In fact, she was a medalist during the Omapa Mathematics Olympiad back in 2011. But not to be branded as the ultimate nerdy beauty, she won Miss Silhouette and Best in Traditional Costume during her national finals.
Andrea in her National Costume for the competition
As part of her winning the Miss Universo Paraguay title, Andrea also represented her country during Reina Hispanoamerica 2016. But what makes her more excited is going to the Philippines for Miss Universe. She is ready and able to put out the best version of herself in the competition.
Does Andrea meet your standards, dear readers?
Watch her crowning moment in the nationals now.
courtesy of La Mañana de Cada Dia
Best of luck to you, Andrea!
Shot by shot when Angela was proclaimed as Miss Global 2016 (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
Happy as she can ever be, Angela is
It was not the first time that a representative from Ecuador won an international beauty pageant in the Philippines. Back in 2011, Olga Alva was crowned Miss Earth here in Manila. But in the case of Angela Bonilla, the victorious circumstances could not have been sweeter. You see, she was already thinking that the highest placement she could reach in Miss Global 2016 was 1st Runner-Up as the challenge of host delegate Camille Hirro was so fierce that she was close to feeling content with not going back to her home country empty-handed.
But fate was on her side last Saturday night. And now, the 24 year-old from Urcuquí has vindicated herself after competing in Vienna for Miss Earth 2015 without an honor to brag about.
Hail to Miss Global 2016!
This is your time to shine! 🙂
Angela in Filipino Terno during the finals
In the July-August issue of Scene Zone Magazine, Miss Earth 2015 makes an earthy pictorial where she was styled as a Deity of sorts. Photographed by Arvin Cruz, she comes off as alluringly mysterious. Beautifully captured!
In the meantime, Angelia is busy travelling to different countries gracing the national finals of the next Miss Earth delegates which, I was sounded off, may be happening in Manila once again instead of the original plan to bring this year’s edition somewhere in Macau. I was really hoping for another overseas hosting. But if negotiations have not prospered in that direction, then it’s back to good old Manila for our usually reliable handling of the environment-themed pageant.
For now enjoy these photos with the following credits:
Photography | Arvin Cruz
Creative Direction | Edsel Los Baños
Styling | Leanne Ledesma
Hair and MakeUp | Bong Lee
Wardrobe | Uber Finds
MPE2015 and ME2015 Angelia Ong, thank you for a wonderful national reign! (Photo credit: Leo Almodal)
Tonight at the UP Theater in Diliman, Angelia Ong will relinquish one of her two major titles – Miss Philippines Earth. And it has been a beautiful journey from the time she won the right to represent the country in Miss Earth 2015 and eventually winning the bigger crown aside from accomplishing a rare back-to-back victory with her predecessor Jamie Herrell.
Allow me now to pay a beautiful homage to the ever so warm and vibrant lady who brought more than just a voice for Mother Earth. She went out of her way to add substance to the title and spearheaded a number of environmental projects that stamped her commitment to the cause of the pageant.
courtesy of Miss Earth
I can still vividly remember the pressure running inside her head (and heart) about going to Vienna but promising to bring back the crown to the Philippines. And she did. “We will because we can” was her battlecry. And the judges saw how much qualified she is to succeed Jamie.
courtesy of Inquirer.net
Angelia in Almodal Haute Couture
On top of being an Earth Warrior, Angelia also continued with her modelling and endorsements (like the Almodal photos you can see all over this post). She is queenly but always down-to-Earth (pun intended
). There is never a dull moment in her company as she always regales people around her with stories and opinions that further show her smarts. She is a real asset of Carousel Productions and an effective titleholder at that.
Best of luck in all your future endeavors, Angelia!
And now that she is on the cusp of giving another beautiful Filipina the opportunity to experience the life of a beauty queen dedicated to the environment, let us all thank Angelia for bringing forward her special qualities as Miss Philippines Earth.
Mabuhay ka, Angelia Gabrena Ong!
Angelia (left) with Leo Almodal and Jamie Herrell
Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong and Miss Air 2015 Dayanna Grageda led the opening of the Race to 1 Million Seedlings Nursery of the AFP
Just recently, Miss Earth Foundation partnered with the Civil Relations Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the opening of the Race to 1 Million Seedlings Nursery which will serve as its nurturing place till the start of the actual planting season for the same.
Leading the charge of the environment-focused beauties was Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong and her Miss Air 2015 Dayanna Grageda of Australia, alongside the country’s elemental reps Catherine Joy Marin (Water), Carla Valderrama (Fire) and Jona Sweett (Eco-Tourism)
The Race to 1 Million Seedlings is a project that aims to plant 1 Million Trees within the National Capital Region (NCR) in one year and enhance the environmental protection awareness among different communities.
Photo ops with the Miss Earth beauties now
Don’t worry if you don’t have the area to plant the seedlings. You can always coordinate with R1MS inside Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo to participate in the seed-potting activities thay will be regularly held during the projected period of completion within the year. This is open to individuals or groups who are willing to be part of the important endeavor.
Note: Cash donations not accepted. Instead, you will be given a list of polybag and fruit seedling suppliers with whom you can make arrangements with.
Fruit trees and indigenous trees (like Narra) are recommended. DENR has now discouraged the planting of Mahogany Trees in urban areas since they have been found to destroy the water table.
Looks like Miss Earth 2016 will have an earlier finals date
Just like Miss Philippines Earth 2016 which will have its national finals a month ahead of its usual yearly schedule, it’s looking like Miss Earth 2016 will also be staged (in still undisclosed host country
) earlier than the accustomed last week of November or first week of December.
Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong uploaded an image that states Miss Earth 2016 happening come October. This should send smoke signals that the possibility of another overseas hosting is probably on the pipeline and just firming up all rough edges for the same. Some quarters are pointing to either Macau or Myanmar. I’m not confirming or denying anything just yet. Let us wait and see for the Press Statement from Carousel Productions about that. 😉