Miss World Philippines 2015 Hillarie Parungao with boyfriend Bill Castañeda
During the Miss World Philippines send-off for Catriona Gray the other afternoon, her predecessor came in full support and to extend her warm wishes for our US-bound Queen.
Miss World Philippines 2015 and Miss World 2015 Top 10 Hillarie Danielle Parungao came dressed in an eye-catching white number that complemented the outfit of her companion who happens to be boyfriend Bill Castañeda.
Bill & Hillarie. It became a delightful piece of small talk about how I would call them in jest as the “Asian Clintons”. But kidding aside, their relationship is still relatively new and we can only wish their togetherness to grow stronger in the months to come.
Truly, Hillarie’s glow is unmistakeable. Don’t you agree, dear readers? 😉
Lovebirds Bill and Hill
Catriona, Rohit and Mireia
The visit to Manila of Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna and Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal is decidedly low-key. It doesn’t help that their brief stay coincides with the flurry of Miss Earth 2016 activities that members of the media were torn as to which events to cover as the scheduled hours overlapped. At any rate, the charity visits to the Beauty With A Purpose (BWAP) Projects at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) pushed through at the Cancer Pediatric Wards, as well as the activity at Tulay Foundation for differently-abled children and young teens.
Good friends Mireia and Miss World Philippines 2015 (and Miss World 2015 Top 10) Hillarie Parungao reunited as well. We can still remember them being close during last year’s competition in Sanya, China.
As for Rohit, the dashing Indian (aside from joining in the charity events) also met up with Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray. Shades of a dinner with a former titleholder, a reigning titleholder and possibly a future titleholder for Miss World Organization (MWO).
For now, the good-looking duo are still billeted at Conrad Manila but will be checking out soon to fly off to their next destination.
Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna during one of her charity visits earlier yesterday
Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna and Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal do a selfie inside Conrad Manila
Beautiful Mireia posing inside Conrad Manila
Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna with her good friend Hillarie Parungao
Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal with Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Miss World 2015 Top 10 Hillarie Parungao and Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray
Hope you enjoyed your brief stay in Manila! 😉
Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal of India
Miss World Mireia Lalaguna of Spain
The two will add glitter to the Miss World Philippines 2016 Finals
Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna and Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal will fly in to Manila to serve as judges during the finals of Miss World Philippines 2016. And due to the request of Julia Morley and the Miss World Organization (MWO) for the reigning titleholders to be accommodated, the Coronation Night has been effectively moved to October 9 – same venue at the Manila Hotel tent still.
This will definitely add that extra level of excitement because people will show more interest in the event. Let us hope that the organizers, network (GMA-7) and Viva Entertainment will be able to capitalize well on the presence of Mireia and Rohit.
And just to add an extra spice, Julia Morley might just be with them as well. 😉
Miss World Philippines 2015 Hillarie Parungao enjoying snow-white Niseko
A few days ago, Miss World Philippines 2015 and Miss World 2015 Top 10 Finisher Hillarie Danielle Parungao packed her luggages and flew to Japan for a well-deserved vacation in the Land of the Rising Sun. Accompanied by her special someone Mike, they headed straight to a less-touristy part of the country – the frozen and white city of Hokkaido. So instead of surrounding themselves with bullet trains, sightseeing travelers and the busy crowds at Shibuya and Shinagawa, they opted for the snowy hills and landscape of Niseko Annupuri Ski Village where thick fur coats, skiing and -4 degrees were the orders of every single day. Actually, our beauty queen is no stranger to snow skiing, having learned how to navigate the slopes and downslides in previous trips. This wandering break is just what she needed after the demanding schedule and preparations she went through during Miss World in Sanya, China.
So for now, let’s give it to Hillarie, the snow bear. She is really having a fun time in this vacation. And surely, the next few days will even be more enjoyable for both. 🙂
Hillarie and Mike are definitely having a blast in Hokkaido
Miss World Philippines 2015 Hillarie Parungao and Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna
It’s interesting how solid friendships are developed throughout the course of a whole pageant. And during the month-long run of Miss World in Sanya, China last November-December, bonds will definitely be formed among the 114 candidates who competed. Our very own Miss World Philippines and Miss World Top 10 finisher Hillarie Parungao clicked with Miss World Spain and now Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna Royo from Day 1. And alongside Miss World Portugal Rafaela Pardete, they formed a good sisterhood that has extended beyond the competition, being constantly in touch with each other and all.
And with the important BWAP Projects of Julia Morley and Miss World Organization in the Philippines, I can only anticipate a future visit of the reigning titleholder which will give way to a reunion between the two BFFs – Hillarie and Mireia!
Meanwhile, our MWP was a sight to behold during the Mark Bumgarner fashion show at Dusit Thani Manila earlier this week. The two side photos in the grid above were taken from the said event. 🙂
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna Royo
Before Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines and Mireia Lalaguna Royo of Spain, 2007 was the last time an Asian won Miss Universe – courtesy of Japan’s Riyo Mori
– while 2009 was when Kaiane Aldorino of Gibraltar claimed the blue crown for Europe. Nothing unusual with that, really, except if you compare the frequency of the Latin Americans lording it over these two titles.
If we do the reverse, Europeans are finding it more difficult to win the Universe because the last titleholder from that region was the dethroned Oxana Fedorova of Russia back in 2002 and before that, Mona Grudt of Norway in 1990. Modern Miss World history has favored Asian winners outside of India only during the last ten years with two Chinese (Zhang Zilin and Wenxia Yu) and a Filipina (Megan Lynne Young) getting the #1 spots for 2007, 2012 and 2013, respectively.
So where or what is the sense in all of these rantings? I am not intellectualizing on the subject matter. But in terms of recency, Europeans are a lot less lucky in Miss Universe, while Africans are getting the smallest slice of the pie in Miss World. I really don’t have a big problem with that. As long as the Philippines is on top or always near the top, I’m all good.
Okay, another brand new week has started, and more days to squeeze my brain for new topics to blog about. 😉
Rolene Strauss crowns Mireia Lalaguna of Spain as Miss World 2015
Mireia Lalaguna Royo of Spain was crowned Miss World 2015 at the Beauty Crown Theater in Sanya, China. She is the first Spanish lass to win the blue crown and is now the successor of Rolene Strauss.
Sofia Nikitchuk of Russia placed 1st Runner-Up and Maria Harfanti of Indonesia was named 2nd Runner-Up. Synetta Myrie of Jamaica and Valerie Abou Chacra of Lebanon completed the Top 5.
As for Miss Philippines Hillarie Parungao, she made it to Top 10 and was named winner of the Multimedia Challenge. Not bad. To place that high in a field of 114 is no mean feat. She deserves a good pat on the back.
Miss World 2015 Top 10 with Miss Philippines Hillarie Parungao (2nd from left)
Making it to Top 10 of Miss World 2015 is already a big achievement
Congratulations to all the winners! 🙂