Was it the final Q&A delivered in Spanish that convinced the judges to crown a Filipina last 2016 as Miss United Continents or Miss Continentes Unidos? Or did Jeslyn Santos present herself most consistently all throughout the competition? I believe it was destiny and all of the above. To actually participate in a Latina-dominated pageant in Guayaquil, Ecuador can already pose a big challenge for any Miss Filipinas. But just like Teresita Ssen Marquez who proved unstoppable in Bolivia on her way to the Reina Hispanoamericana title a year after, this lovely Bulakenya defied all odds and rose to the occasion to become the first Filipina winner of the title. Below are highlights of her performance in the finals.
Jeslyn paid her pageant dues with much hardwork and patience from the very first time that mentor John dela Vega started fielding her in Bb. Pilipinas. They also joined forces for the country’s participation in Miss World Peace 2015 held in Hong Kong. And unbeknownst to the two of them, it would still be their unbreakable duo that will pave the way for the trip to Ecuador for the international pageant. Miss United Continents is one pageant franchise that the latter firmly held on through the years.
What a glorious achievement indeed for this lady whose roots are from the same municipality your blogger comes from – Hagonoy.
Jeslyn flanked by her mentor John dela Vega (left) and now Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando
courtesy of Pageanthology 101
Teresita Ssen “WinWyn” Marquez is helping drum up the interest for Reina Hispanoamericana after winning the Filipinas title during the Miss World Philippines 2017 finals last September 3. Her celebrity status invites people to know more about the international competition scheduled to happen in Bolivia in November. And she is loving every minute of it.
I really feel that giving her this title is very apt because she is committed to doing double time in making our first-ever participation more significant and news-worthy. A reader asked if she will use a Spanish translator once in La Paz. For sure, there will be a back-up. But I also reckon that she will learn as much of the language to put across her message in the same. If Miss United Continents 2016 Jeslyn Santos delivered her answers in Spanish during the finals in Guayaquil, then so will she. And a lot more, if I may add.
Do watch the crowning moment of last year’s finals now.
courtesy of Miss World Open
Five Asian winners in the international pageant stage for 2016 so far
Even in male pageants, Asian men are not lagging behind
Thailand won Miss Tourism Metropolitan International as well
To date, 2016 has been a harvest-filled year for Asians in the global pageant stage – both female and male categories. Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss Grand International, The Miss Globe, Miss United Continents and Miss Tourism Metropolitan International have reigning winners from the continent courtesy of Kylie Verzosa, Srinidhi Shetty, Ariska Putri Pertiwi, Dimple Patel, Jeslyn Santos and Chalisa Amanda respectively.
On the other side, Mister World, Mister Model International, Mister Tourism World and Man of the Year are also now being held by Asians via Rohit Khandelwal, Narapat Sakunsong, Okkar Min Maung and Karan Singhdole respectively.
And the year is not over yet. With three more finals coming in soon – Miss World, Miss Tourism International and Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International – I bet the number will increase.
And mind you, I did not even include Miss Asia which has a Filipina titleholder as this contest is continent-focused.
Truly, Asia is in its best year of performance in international pageantry. 🙂
October 19 was like Jeslyn Santos day in the Province of Bulacan as the newly-crowned Miss United Continents 2016 was given her well-deserved hero’s welcome and motorcade that started from the Bulacan Provincial Capitol including alma mater Bulacan State University and worked its way to the Municipality of Paombong en route to the final stop – the Municipality of Hagonoy – where our Pride was born and raised.
Jeslyn was met by Bulacan Governor Willy Sy Alvarado and Vice-Governor Daniel Fernando before the motorcade started. Then it was a big parade that reached a feverish pitch the minute the float arrived in Hagonoy where Mayor Amboy Manlapaz greeted her and gave a big reception attended by many local officials, loved ones and friends. Here are more photos from the whole day affair courtesy of the Municipality of Hagonoy.
At the Hagonoy Mayor’s Office
With Hagonoy Mayor Amboy Manlapaz
At the Office of Bulacan Governor Willy Sy Alvarado
JDV, Jeslyn and Bulacan Vice-Governor Daniel Fernando
! This is such a life-changing event for Jeslyn and life will only get brighter with more opportunities and projects in the weeks and months to come.
Congratulations once more, Miss United Continents 2016! 😀
The Return of Miss United Continents 2016 Jeslyn Santos
A close-up of the crown
With John dela Vega
Fresh from her successful conquest of the crown in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Miss United Continents 2016 Jeslyn Santos returned home to Manila amidst the warm reception given by friends and supporters plus selected members of the media. The 23 year-old Bulakenya
was visibly elated by the rousing welcome she received and was even game enough to repeat the answer she gave during the finals in Spanish (watch below).
Jeslyn will donate part of her cash winnings to Red Cross, as she herself stated. And aside from this arrival presscon, a separate Victory Party will be hosted on her behalf this coming October 1.
From all of us here at normannorman.com, let me congratulate you once more for a job well done.
Mabuhay ka, Jeslyn! 😀
Miss United Continents 2016
Miss Global 2016
Miss Tourism Queen International 2016
What is the common denominator among the three (3) international beauty pageants which crowned its 2016 winners all in a matter of three days?
Miss Philippines, of course!
First, there is Miss United Continents 2016 in Guayaquil, Ecuador won by our very own Jeslyn Santos. In the process, she became the first Asian and Filipino to finish on top in the same.
And then there is Miss Global 2016 held at the PICC Plenary Hall last Saturday. Angela Bonilla of Ecuador may have clinched the title, but her 1st Runner-Up (and closest pursuer) is Miss Philippines Camille Hirro.
Thirdly, the Miss Tourism Queen International 2016 finals was held last night in Wenzhou, China. Anu Namshir (who also took part in Miss World 2015 in Sanya) was chosen as the winner. Miss Philippines Nancy Leonard made it to the Top 10 and was given the Best in Long Gown award afterwards.
These three results speak a lot about the strong participation of the country in the global pageant stage. And the titles are not even categorized in the big league.
Wait till you see what Jennifer Hammond, Nicole Cordoves and Kylie Verzosa will do this October. 😉
Jeslyn wins in Guayaquil
Screenshot by screenshot, Jeslyn’s victory during the Live Streaming
Last night, an Ecuadorian lass won Miss Global 2016 in Manila. This morning, a Filipina beauty claimed Miss United Continents 2016 in Guayaquil. Just an interesting detail (similar to what happened years back when Riyo Mori won Miss Universe in Mexico and Priscila Perales got Miss International in Japan
) surrounding the very pleasant victory of Jeslyn Santos as she became the first Filipina and Asian to win the Ecuador-based title. This is a sweet vindication for the determined Bulakenya
(we share the same hometown on Hagonoy, Bulacan) who never stopped believing in her determination to bring honor to the country. This is also an achievement for her mentor John dela Vega who continuously pushed her ward to reach the top.
Jeslyn’s court is made up of the entries from Denmark, India, Brazil, Mexico and Panama, in that order.
So proud of you! 😀
Jeslyn during the swimsuit competition
Jeslyn and her court
Jeslyn & Nancy in swimsuits (Photo credit for Nancy: Raymond Saldaña)
Jeslyn enjoying the host hotel in Guayaquil
Nancy wearing Edwin Uy during the gown photoshoot
Two Filipinas are in the thick of international competition abroad right now, and I have a feeling that both of them are being noticed very well by the host organizers based on the number of photos being posted in the respective Facebook pages.
Jeslyn Santos – Miss Filipinas in Guayaquil’s Miss United Continents 2016 – and Nancy Leonard for Wenzhou’s Miss Tourism Queen International 2016 are giving it their absolute best. Their pageants may not have the glitz and glamour of Miss Universe, but you still have to give a hand to the hosts for keeping things together and delivering a credible run of pre-pageant proceedings so far.
I know that both ladies want to win their respective assignments to justify their selections as representatives of our country. Let’s follow their separate roads to victory. The cheers and mora support will definitely uplift their spirits even more.
Jeslyn during one of the pre-pageant activities
Nancy with fellow MTQI candidates
Good luck, ladies! 😀
Jeslyn in her Lemuel Rosos Natcos (Photo credit: Lito Caleon)
Photo credit: Lito Caleon for Fabmanilaph
Photo credit: Lito Caleon
Today, Miss United Continents Philippines 2016 Jeslyn Santos will be departing for Guayaquil, Ecuador (via Amsterdam) to represent the country in the Miss United Continents 2016 which will have its finals on September 24.
Jeslyn – my kababayan from Hagonoy, Bulacan – will have her hands full once she arrives in the Ecuadorian capital. She needs to compete well and exceed the Top 10 placement of her predecessor Anabel Christine Tia last year. But our girl is ready. She’s got all bases covered as you can read in excerpts from John dela Vega’s Press Release below:
“…To prepare for the competition, Jeslyn studied Spanish culture and language. She also underwent intensive physical training with Gold’s Gym under the supervision of Fitness Guru Mr. Angelo Mendez. For her pasarela projection, beauty queen-maker and trainer Mr. John Dela Vega who is also the National Director mand franchise holder of Miss United Continents left nothing untouched.
“Polishing and perfecting everything from head to foot was the goal and I’m happy with the result. She has an even stronger walk and gait this time. I’m confident she’ll make us proud”, says John. The entire team assembled an impeccable wardrobe for her with the help of stylist Domz Ramos and pageant trainer Jojo Mangalino. Designers Cathy Capistrano, North Paril Ortiz and Lou Vella are providing her gowns while her casual and cocktail outfits are from Julius Jaguio of Pegarro Clothing, accents by Cathy Mora Caspistrano and Alfie Jolo Desamparado. her “sinulog” national costume inspired by the country’s national flower Sampaguita and South Sea Peals is designed by Cebu based designer Lemuel Rosos.”
Best of luck, Jeslyn! Do us proud!
Jeslyn with JDV and family/supporters
Very soon, Miss United Continents Philippines 2016 Jeslyn Santos will be departing for Guayaquil, Ecuador where she will wear the country’s sash for Miss United Continents 2016 happening from September 8-28. This will be her most important pageant representation abroad as it will have far more candidates for a competition that has always been dominated by Latin Americans (as all of its previous and reigning winners are Latinas).
Jeslyn (in photos here by Tyke King) has prepared long and hard for this. All the learnings she accumulated from Miss World Peace 2015 plus two Bb. Pilipinas stints will work in her favor as she goes up against the serious challenge being posed by the other confirmed delegates for the same.
And if you can support our bet in the Miss United Continents | Miss Photogenic Poll, please do so by casting votes for her.