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
Miss World Peace Philippines 2015 Jeslyn Santos
Jeslyn Santos is taking her pageant assignment to heart. With only a month and a half left before leaving for Hong Kong to represent the Philippines in the inaugural edition of Miss World Peace, she is devoting her time to gym training (photo below
), constant fittings, make-up sessions and Q&A one-on-one with John de la Vega.
Our pretty Bulakenya is aiming for a crown-worthy performance once there. And she wants to be 100% ready for the finals at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on September 26.
Best of luck, Jeslyn! 🙂
Jeslyn doing her training at Gold's Gym (Photo credit: Angelo Mendez)
Remember Jeslyn Santos from Bb. Pilipinas 2014 and Pinay Beauty Queen Academy Season 1? Well, the girl from Hagonoy, Bulacan (my hometown) who was discovered by John dela Vega of Team JDV will now realize her dream of representing the country in an international pageant. She will be Miss Philippines during Miss World Peace 2015 which will happen in Hong Kong and culminate in the grand finals at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on September 26.
This hardworking Bulakenya has really paid her dues in the local pageant world. And by now, she will already have been a fully-trained entrant for the bigger competition abroad. Jeslyn’s experience during the Bb. Pilipinas Pageant and the long, arduous challenges during PBQA have equipped her with the right mental and physical framework to do well in Hong Kong.
I wish you all the best, Jeslyn! 😀