Your blogger with Cloie Syquia Skarne during ME2016
It’s already a given that Filipinos are the best exports the country has. Be it in contracted work or immigration, our kababayans
almost always excel in anything that they set their hearts into, pageantry included.
In the Scandinavian region and Western Europe, four (4) Filipinas have scored wins in the national pageants of their respective home countries. These ladies went on to compete for three of the biggest crowns in international beauty contests – Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth. And the Pinoy connection cannot be denied. Apart from looks and names, they themselves have proudly stated their roots.
1) Froken Norge or Miss Universe Norway 2007 Kirby Ann Basken (who also represented the Philippines during Miss Intercontinental 2006)
2) Miss World Denmark 2011 Maya Celeste Padillo Olsen (Conceived in Nepal, born in the Philippines and raised in Denmark, Maya’s second name originated from her grandfather Celestino)
3) Miss Earth Sweden 2016 Cloie Syquia Skarne (we all know that she is the daughter of actor Gabby Concepcion and Jenny Syquia)
4) Miss Belgium 2018 Angeline Flor Pua (she is 100% Pinoy in heritage)
In what was the first breakaway title from Bb. Pilipinas, the franchise of Miss World had a changing of guards after the 2010 edition (which left Bb. Pilipinas World 2010 Czarina Gatbonton with no actual successor to crown during Bb. Pilipinas 2011
) where a dedicated national pageant was staged at the PICC for Miss World Philippines. It was a momentous inaugural edition under Cory Quirino which saw the winner getting a cool million pesos, a condominium unit from SMDC, a GMA7 management contract and the right to represent the country in London for Miss World 2011. Gwendoline Ruais was an unstoppable force in that batch. Aside from a statuesque height, she articulated herself well and possessed the X-factor that could be the winning formula in getting the blue crown. And she almost did after placing 1st Runner-Up to Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela. It won’t be for another two years before the country won its first Miss World crown, but that is topic for another entry during this throwback-filled home quarantine period.
Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos in China.
Starting this weekend, the 120 delegates of Miss World 2012 will have alrrady arrived in Ordos to commence their respective quests to win the crown currently being held by Venezuela’s Ivian Sarcos. The Opening Ceremony will kick off on July 24 (Tuesday). So after checking on my blog
, it would be nice if you can make regular visits to the new website
of the pageant. There, you can get updates on the goings-on and whereabouts of the ladies. You will also learn that seven (7) hotly-contested challenge events are up for grabs, and these are:
Sports and Fitness
Beauty with a Purpose Award
Click on each event above to know more. I’m not sure if all seven are fast-track activities, so just stay tuned for more details.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ordos City
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ordos City
will be the Official Residence of the ladies while in the host city. If you’re scheduled to go to Ordos next month to catch the finals, it will serve you better to stay near the Dongsheng National Fitness Center Stadium than here.
For now, my understanding is that both Facebook and Twitter are banned – if not super strictly regulated – in China. I am still uncertain if the ban will be lifted while Miss World 2012 is ongoing or only when the candidates are in Ordos. We all know that there will be brief stays in Shanghai, Hongkong and Sanya, so let’s see if online sources can still be gathered from each and every activity this year. 😉
Miss World 2011 First Princess Gwendoline Ruais in a stunning Francis Libiran creation during her farewell walk as Miss World Philippines 2011. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
This is a belated post since Miss World Philippines 2011 and Miss World 2011 1st Princess Gwendoline Ramos Ruais already relinquished her crown to Miss World Philippines 2012 Queenierich Rehman last Sunday night.
But better late than never. I just want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Gwen for serving as an inspiration to Filipinos around the world during the past 12 months. Her memorable 2nd place finish (missing the crown by only a single point) to Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos in London is an achievement that won’t be easily forgotten. And whatever annoying kinks dampened the last seven days of her reign, she still proved to everyone her professionalism and went on to crown her successor.
From hereon, best of luck in whatever challenges and endeavors you intend to pursue. Bask in the afterglow, but push for continued success in everything you focus yourself on. God bless! 😀
Miss World 2010 Alexandria Mills crowning Miss World Philippines 2011 Gwendolyn Ruais (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide)
Here are the nationwide screening schedules for Miss World Philippines 2012:
May 18 in SM Cagayan de Oro;
May 19 in SM Cebu;
May 27 in SM Naga;
June 1 at the SM Mall of Asia;
June 3 in SM Pampanga.
For inquiries, call Miss World Philippines Headquarters at Manila Hotel (this year’s Official Residence) at 527-0011 local 1248. Or visit their website for more details and application form.
Don’t miss the dates above. See if you have what it takes to follow the footsteps of the very first Miss World Philippines and Miss World 2011 First Princess Gwendoline Ruais.
The Miss World 2012 will be held in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China to be broadcast live via TV5 on August 16.
Let’s see which ladies will surprise us by joining MWP2012! 😉
She doesn’t have the glamazonic height of Miss World Philippines 2011 Gwen Ruais, but 22 year-old Stephany Stefanowitz carries a striking semblance to our Miss World 2011 First Princess. Aside from that, both ladies are of mixed (the former is Fil-German, while the latter is Fil-French) race.
Representing Quezon City in the ongoing Miss Philippines Earth 2012, the fashion model-cum-singer-cum-designer Stephany is slowly gaining ground as one of the top favorites in the competition. Will she win the crown on May 27? I won’t give her that just yet, at least not with the presence of equally strong contenders Samantha Purvor, Kathleen Subijano, Glenna Duch and Glennifer Perido. I can concur, though, that she will figure out well in the preliminaries en route to landing a Top 16 spot in a breeze. If she delivers on the crucial environmental Q&A, then we’ll see if her eventual element spews fire, splashes water, breathes air or encapsulates Mother Earth.
What do you think of her, dear readers? 🙂
The Holiday issue of People Asia Magazine should be of particular interest to pageant fans out there. Aside from Manny Pacquiao, the crown jewels of Philippine participation in the 2011 international beauty competitions grace the cover. 2011 Miss Universe 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup and 2011 Miss World First Princess Gwendoline Ruais join Manny, albeit shot in two separate covers instead of the two ladies together in one frame. Blame it on the fact that they belong to different groups – Shamcey with Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. and Gwendoline with Miss World Philippines/CQGQ Global Quest.
At any rate, Shamcey and Gwendoline still come from the same beauty camp – Aces & Queens – so don’t go thinking that they have a running feud or animosity. Let’s be happy that our ladies have brought honor to the country – keeping the Philippines within striking distance of being a sash factor in the global pageant arena.
Onwards to 2012 and, hopefully, an even better record for our next beauty queens!