Today is Orientation Day (left photo) for the Miss International 2018 Candidates, with the competition advocating to achieve a world where women can live with positivity, inner strength and individuality. The more than 70 candidates have started receiving an assortment of gifts from the various pageant sponsors.
And prior to this assembly, 25 of the ladies were handpicked to join in the special audience with the President of Japan Travel Bureau (JTB)where the Travel To Japan campaign was discussed and promoted. Miss Philippines Ahtisa Manalo was part of the group.
Yesterday, our doll-like bet was also able to meet the reigning Miss International Kevin Lilliana of Indonesia in person. She took the chance to have a photo taken with her at the lobby of Tokyo Dome Hotel – Official Residence of the Candidates.
Tomorrow will be the official start of competition with the Press Conference and Presentation scheduled in the early afternoon. More about Miss International 2018 soon!
With their respective wins abroad taking place with just two weeks in between, Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa, Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar if India and Miss International 2017 Kevin Lilliana of Indonesia are in the midst of press tour/media guestings.
Demi-Leigh is in the Big Apple where she is spending the week doing the rounds of TV talk shows and radio programs. Manushi and Kevin, on the other hand, are back in their respective countries where a string of media appearances has kept them quite busy.
Below are videos of their interviews – one each:
And the crown goes to Indonesia!
Miss International 2017 Kevin Lilliana of Indonesia
1st Runner up Chanelle de Lau of Curacao
2nd Runner up Diana Croce of Venezuela
3rd Runner up Amber Dew of Australia
4th Runner up Natsuki Tsutsui of Japan
Yes, Miss Philippines Mariel de Leon failed to advance to the Top 15 of Miss International 2017. You gave it your best shot, but things did not go in your favor.
You went to Tokyo armed with the right balance of determination and excitement so you enjoyed the journey from start to finish.
Kudos to you still, my dear!
…let us all wish Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2017 Chanel Olive Thomas a good flight as she leaves for Poland to compete in Miss Supranational 2017.
Here is the link to the YouTube channel of Miss International 2017. Let’s hope it will work seamlessly.
Here is an alternative channel:
Mariel displaying her talent in Classical Singing during the formal dinner with the other candidates
Mariel hugging parents Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong
With her A&Q mentors
The two most important individual’s in the life of Miss Philippines Mariel de Leon are already in Tokyo, Japan to give their all-out support in her bid for the Miss International 2017 crown. Celebrity parents Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong were tightly hugged by their daughter upon seeing each other at Tokyo Dome Hotel. And the scene was captured in photos by my friend Voltaire Tayag.
Also in Tokyo are Aces & Queens mentors Jonas Gaffud and Nad Bronce who are so happy to see their “anak” in high spirits.
Mariel is in a very happy place right now, most especially that she was able to display her Talent in Classical Singing during the formal dinner with some VIP guests and MI organizers in attendance.
Yes, Miss Philippines Mariel de Leon is in my Top 10 Picks for Miss International 2017 along with – in alphabetical order by country names – Australia’s Amber Dew| Colombia’s Vanessa Pulgarin Monsalve| Curacao’s Chanelle de Lau| Indonesia’s Kevin Lilliana| Japan’s Natsuki Tsutsui| Lithuania’s Patricija Belosouva| Mexico’s Citlaly Higuera| Russia’s Elena Kviatkevich|and Venezuela’s Diana Macarena Croce.
I was told that there could be just a Top 10 during Monday night’s finals, hence, the basis for these Predictions.
Chanelle de Lau of Curacao is my #1 choice to win Miss International, but she is in quite the slippery spot to give way to either Vanessa Pulgarin Monsalve of Colombia or Diana Croce of Venezuela. One of these three ladies could interchange positions one way or the other.
The rest of my Top 5
Am I closing my doors on a possible back-to-back win for the Philippines? Not entirely. But my gut-feel is a respectable placement for Mariel that would put her in the Top 5, with my fifth spot belonging to Amber Dew of Australia.
I am giving that long shot chance for our Bb. Pilipinas to achieve a historic first because I still believe that she would be a deserving winner regardless of who the reigning titleholder is.
But if Chanelle is favored, then the organizers are simply going with the popular flow of things in Tokyo these days. This girl is vastly underrated, and should have placed well during the 65th Miss Universe here in Manila.
Live Streaming of the Finals in the MI pageant page on FB
FYI, there will be live streaming of the finals on Facebook so better get yourself ready to watch late afternoon of Monday to see who will win the 57th edition of this pageant.