After months of preparation and weeks of pre-pageant activities, it all came down to this. Last night, Miss World Philippines 2011 was crowned in the person of GWENDOLYN RUAIS -a 22 year-old 5’11” Filipina-French stunner – who will now be the country’s official representative to the Miss World 2011 to be held in London, England on November 6, 2011. She was crowned by Miss World 2010 Alexandria Mills during the end of a glittering pageant presentation that saw 25 ladies vie for the first-ever beauty title. With the victory, Ruais pocketed PhP1,000,000 in cash, a condo unit at Chateau Elysee plus the crown and scepter costing around half a million pesos.
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Her court includes 1st Princess Helen Nicolette Henson (with Php250,000 cash prize), 2nd Princess Martha Chloe McCulley (with PhP200,000 cash prize), 3rd Princess Ma. Paula Bianca Paz (with PhP150,000 cash prize) and 4th Princess Jaysel Arrozal (with PhP 100,000 cash prize), all proclaimed during the finals held at Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and aired over GMA-7.
It is interesting to note that all Top 5 ladies are products of previous Binibining Pilipinas editions in the last two years and the current. Also, both Gwendolyn and Helen Nicolette come from Jonas Gaffud’s Mercator Model Management which produced Miss Universe runners-up Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj.
Here’s the Honor Roll:
Miss World Philippines 2011: GWENDOLYN RUAIS
1st Princess: Helen Nicolette Henson
2nd Princess: Martha Chloe McCulley
3rd Princess: Ma. Paula Bianca Paz
4th Princess: Jaysel Arrozal
Rest of the Top 12 Semifinalists:
Elaine Kay Moll
Erina Ann Lightholder
Charlotte Melissa Tyler
Loucelle de Jesus (People’s Choice Award)
Miss Photogenic: Samantha Purvor
Miss Friendship: Rogelie Catacutan
Miss Talent: Rogelie Catacutan
Best in Swimsuit: Gwendolyn Ruais
Best in Evening Gown: Ma. Paula Bianca Paz
Miss Kapuso World: Martha Chloe McCulley
Miss SMDC: Martha Chloe McCulley
Miss Sheridan: Richelle Therese Borja
Miss Healthy Body: Gwendolyn Ruais
Miss Phil. Prudential: Jayanne Aldanese
Miss Metro Dental Smile: Helen Nicolette Henson
Miss Shimmian: Erina Ann Lightholder
And to Gwendolyn, good luck in Miss World 2011!
You have been my favorite right from the start. You have to be seen in person to be fully appreciated and in awe of your beauty.
I know that you will shine in London, girl!