#LetterToFailure (Episode 1)
A film written by Ningg Sophida Kanchanarin, Miss Universe Thailand 2018 and the host delegate for Miss Universe 2018 this coming December.
This clip is 3 minutes of storytelling about one life that has been through a lot of failures, and has to fight the knot in the heart built by such.
It’s no secret that Ningg has not yet gained the undivided support of Thai pageant fans in her bid to win the highest pageant honor in the Universe.
Hence, this film was made by the MUT Team to gather the much-needed boost to push her further up in the eyes of her countrymen.
Watch out for Episode 2: #LetterToComplex soon
I heard from the grapevine it is almost confirmed that the Official Residence of Miss Universe 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand will be Novotel Muang Thong Thani (or Novotel Bangkok Impact) because it is located just beside the Impact Arena where the finals will be held. Though not yet announced, the said property is already fully booked now. So if you are – just like me – heading to the Land of Smiles come December, better make early bookings for the remaining accomodations around the area or near the old airport at Don Muang. Especially if you’re picky about getting relatively luxurious dogs while there.
On another note, I feel a bit bad about host delegate Sophida Kanchanarin who has lost a great deal of support from her pageant-loving countrymen. Someone told me that he lost all hope of getting a good fighting chance for the title this year when she won. And his sentiments are echoed by not just a few. Hopefully, we will see a dramatic transformation in the next couple of months.
Sophida Kanchanarin, a 23 year-old Investment Banker from Bangkok who finished a degree in Finance from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2018 after the Top 2 Q&A showdown which saw her outlasting eventual 1st Runner-Up Thitaree Kasorn.
Jubjib Palita was named 2nd Runner-Up, while Top favorite Praveenar Singh finished 3rd Runner-Up. Thai-Italian Valentine Giardullo Ploy completed the magic circle as 4th Runner-Up.
The 5’7” Ning (the nickname of Sophida) will now represent Thailand in Miss Universe 2018.
Tomorrow night is the Finals of Miss Universe Thailand 2018 at the Royal Paragon Hall of Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand. And by the way the Preliminaries unfolded 24 hours ago, it would be safe to predict that #MUT14 Praveena Singh has got the crown in the bag, unless she falters big-time in the higher climb to the #1 spot. While she does not look distictly Thai at all and exudes more of her Indian lineage, she has the qualities that will sit well with the pageant-loving Thais. The 22 year-old Chiangmai native is tall at 5’10” and has the most regal bearing among the 40 candidates. I am pretty sure that she will bring it on even more strongly in the crucial parts of the decisive competition climax.
The four others I am seeing as part of the Top 5 are #MUT12 Palita Puttharassu from Khon Kaen, #MUT17 Supatra Kiatjarungphan of Yasothon, #MUT11 Valentina Giardullo Ploy of Bangkok and #MUT9 Aniphan Chalermburanawong of Lampang.
The rest of my Top 10 are as follows: #MUT26 Peerachada Kunrak of Songkhla (my darkest horse to spoil the Top 5 mix), #MUT10 Thitaree Kasorn of Bangkok, #MUT5 Natharuetai Akkarakijwattanakul of Samut Prakan, #MUT39 Namphon Sirikul of Bangkok and #MUT13 Penpimon Sasithammawong of Bangkok.
Below is a photo grid of my Top 5 in evening gowns.
Let’s see how the Coronation Night results will bear me out.
In anticipation of Saturday night’s finals of Miss Universe Thailand 2018, the all-important Preliminary Competition was held last night at the Royal Paragon Hall of Siam Paragon in Bangkok.
The forty (40) Official Candidates paraded in Swimsuits and Evening Gowns. Four Special Awards were handed out and the five contenders for the People’s Choice Award were announced.
Miss Earth Hannah’s 2017 Paweensuda Drouin was one of the three hosts.
Do watch the different segments of the show now and tell me your own favorites.
The Evening Gown Prelims
The Swimsuit Prelims
The Winners of Special Awards
The Top 5 for Popular Votes
I have already blogged about the front-runner. Now here is the other hot favorite for Miss Universe Thailand 2018 is Thai-Italian beauty Valentina Giardullo – Ploy who is 24 years old and stands 165cm. She is a musician who can perform acoustic songs like a pro (shades of our very own Catriona Gray’s Talent).
However, I must admit that she is a lot shorter than Vena. And knowing the penchant of Thais for statuesque winners, this could be her setback.
Watch Valentina now during the swimsuit competition of the pageant.
Here is a music video of Valentina doing an Italian song “Secretamente”.
Thai-Indian beauty Vena Praveenar Singh is the heavy favorite to win Miss Universe Thailand 2018 on June 30 at the Royal Paragon Hall of Siam Paragon in Bangkok. This 21 year-old stands 5’10” and is being cheered by Thais everywhere as the lady who can hold a candle to all the earlier confirmed delegates of MU2018 which include our very own Catriona Gray.
Watch the video below after the jump to see her in motion and during an interview in Thai.