Miss World Philippines 2022 Gwen Fourniol continued with her advocacy for education with the #HimamaylanRunwayRockfest together with her Queen sisters.
Gwen is really moving up things for her upcoming Miss World stint!
Posted @withregram • @gwendolynefourniol Today is finally the day! ✨
Join us later at Himamaylan’s Runway Rockfest as me and my empowered sisters will be setting up our booths to sell our #BridgeTheGapBuildTheFuture merch (t-shirts and cap) to raise funds for the construction of the learning hub in Baseco!
After months of planning, I am ecstatic to be alongside my sisters and the government of @himamaylan who will help me advocate for education through @erdafoundationofficial
“The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.”
– Samuel Smiles
Miss World Philippines 2022 Gwendolyne Fourniol is counting the weeks and months leading to her trip to the United Arab Emirates for the 71st Miss World. More than a battle of beauty, it will be a fight for her destiny to take shape and happen.
I encourage you to take a look at Anje Mae Escara Manipol and her potentials for transformation in Miss Universe Philippines 2023. This morena beauty is, first and foremost, an advocacy-centered aspirant who completed her first national pageant assignment during Miss World Philippines 2022. Aside from making it to the Top 20 of the competition, she was also adjudged one of two BWAP (Beauty With A Purpose) winners. Her cause? Sustainable Agriculture.
A Licensed Agriculturist, Anje Mae wants to continue being the voice of local farmers not only in Quezon Province, but in the entire Philippines if possible. She may still fall short of the sophistication most every pageant fan is looking for. But that can be gradually trained. Her inner beauty is non-negotiable. It is something that she possesses that will help put across her message more clearly – and hopefully with more spontaneity.
Catch Anje Mae once she finally embarks on her biggest pageant journey in MUPH2023.
Since Miss World is reported to be happening this coming May, 2023, let us start looking at the purpose of Miss World Philippines 2022 Gwen Fourniol: #BridgetheGapBuildTheFuture
Posted @withregram • @gwendolynefourniol “Spent the most productive day with ERDA Foundation! After weeks of careful planning and coordination, it was great to finally conduct an ocular inspection of the site where we hope to build a Learning Hub for the children of Manila!
Located inside the BASECO Compound, the 25 sq. m. lot shall be transformed into a 2-storey building where ERDA students can come to learn.
As someone who has been closely working with children through ERDA foundation since my mom brought me back to the Philippines, it has always been my dream to do more for the organization that gave the gift of education to my mother which has led her to a better life, not just for her but for me and my siblings.
With my advocacy project called Bridge the Gap, Build the Future, I would be working hard with different stakeholders to raise funds and gather resources to make the ERDA Learning Hub a reality. One of the biggest problems we are facing in the world right now is the lack of fair access to quality education and part of this problem is the large-scale shortfall in infrastructure, teachers, and other learning tools. By building the Learning Hub, and providing opportunities for growth to the community around it, I hope to do my humble part in bridging the gap in education in my own country so that I may be able to help less privileged children build their own bigger and brighter futures in the same way that ERDA did for my mother.
I’m so excited to see it all come together! I look forward to everyone’s support 🌍❤ Let’s #BridgetheGapBuildTheFuture!”
Their judging during the Finals of #MissOrmoc 2022 was a glittery addition to the local pageant. And indeed, they make a lovely pair to look at – our Miss World Philippines 2022 Gwen Fourniol and Mister World Philippines 2022 Kirk Bondad.
17 year-old Erika Vinculado of Roxas City took part in Miss World Philippines 2022. She made it to the first cut of the competition.
Little did she know that a bigger reward is waiting for her in Michigan, USA.
Below is an update from her alma mater Ateneo de Manila Senior High School:
As a result of her outstanding participation in Kettering University’s recent Academically Interested Minds (AIM) program, Erika Vinculado (12-Gonzalez) has been awarded a full tuition scholarship for up to five years at Kettering University in Michigan, USA, beginning the Fall Term of School Year 2023-2024. Erika and 29 other students of color from all over the world secured the all-expenses-paid slots (including roundtrip airfare) to attend the AIM five-week pre-college program that was held from July 5 to August 5, 2022. Of the 27 students who made it to the USA to attend AIM, Erika was eventually awarded 1st place in Physics and named #1 Student Overall at the program’s conclusion, besting her 26 fellow student participants.
AIM is an intensive academic experience that was developed by Kettering University and inaugurated in 1984 to help students of color make a successful transition from high school to college. Throughout the five weeks of the program, participants attend classes in Calculus, Chemistry and Physics, work in groups on a specific case study, take quizzes and exams, and are introduced to various opportunities available in the STEM field. Kettering University is recognized in the United States as an educational leader in experiential Engineering, Computer and Laboratory Sciences, and Business Management.
The 2022 AIM reportedly marks the first time that students from the Philippines were given coveted slots to experience the program (another senior high school student from Central Philippines University in Iloilo also attended). Erika is also reportedly the first Filipino AIM attendee to be awarded a full, up-to-five-years tuition scholarship, as these are usually awarded to AIM attendees from the USA, Mexico and Jamaica.
Earlier in the day, I was given the privilege of doing an exclusive one-on-one interview with newly-crowned Miss World Philippines 2022 Gwendolyne Fourniol, our 21 year-old Filipina-French representative to the 71st Miss World. It was a fun discussion with serious moments injected in between.
Miss World Philippines 2022
25 Gwendolyne Fourniol of Negros Occidental
Miss Supranational Philippines 2022
24 Alison Black of Las Piñas City
Miss Eco Philippines 2022
20 Ashley Subijano Montenegro of Makati City
Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2022
17 Ingrid Santamaria of Parañaque City
Miss Eco Teen Philippines 2022
35 Francesca Beatriz McLelland of Aklan
Miss World Philippines Tourism 2022
(or 1st Princess)
18 Justine Felizarta
Miss World Philippines Charity 2022
(or 2nd Princess)
22 Cassandra Bermeo Chan
While these two gentlemen were not officially introduced during the proceedings, the two appointed representatives for Mr World and Mister Supranational were revealed by their appearance during the Finals.
Kirk Bondad will go to London in December for the next edition of Mr World, while Raéd Fernandez Al-Zghayér will fly to Poland next month for Mister Supranational 2022.
Kirk Bondad for Mister World and Gwen Fourniol for Miss World
Raéd Fernandez Al-Zghayér for Mister Supranational and Alison Black for Miss Supranational
As the national pageant with the most number of titles at stake, Miss World Philippines prides itself in giving more deserving candidates the opportunity to represent the country internationally. Five (5) ladies will be crowned on Sunday night – Miss World Philippines, Miss Supranational Philippines, Miss Eco Philippines, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas and Miss Eco Teen Philippines. Even with the exclusion of the Miss Multinational and Miss Environment International franchises, plus the tired (and often used) Miss Philippines Tourism sash, the remaining honors still give the organization a competitive edge in pageantry.
The photo grid above represents my Top 16, regardless of the results of the different pre-pageant challenges. At any rate, I am confident that the majority of the fast-track winners are already included. So from this grouping, I will go straight to who are likely to battle it out for each of the crowns:
For Miss World Philippines 2022, Ashley Subijano Montenegro has always been the default choice of many, mostly because her pedigree is a great back story should she nail the title that her mother – Cara Subijano- also won back in Bb. Pilipinas 1994. Other than this and her imposing height, the plus points are spread evenly among the other contenders. And this is where either a rising challenger or a come-from-behind winner can snatch the win. In my mind, Filipina-French Gwendolyne Fourniol is the most likely to take a spirited spin on the wheel in her favor. She fits the Miss World peg and could be likened by Julia Morley in that eventuality. She is a global beauty in progress. Can you imagine her singing “La Vie En Rose” for Miss World Talent (video below)? Now as far as a spoiler goes, Charyzah Esparrago has a glimmer of hope, especially if she gets to hold the mic for a convincingly-worded speech.
For Miss Supranational Philippines 2022, it could be a toss between Ingrid “Sam” Santamaria and Maria Gigante. They both have the qualities that will be highly appreciated by the organizers in Poland – modelesque and exotic, respectively. If it all came down to the Q&A, the Cebuana is anticipated to make a homerun. But that is not to say that the Paranaqueña will make it easy in the process.
For Miss Eco Philippines 2022, do keep in mind that the winner will go for a back-to-back win in Egypt. While it is not impossible for such to happen, the organization has not bestowed the victory to the same country two times in a row to date. At any rate, I would like to take a risk and opt for Cassandra Chan or Alison Black getting the nod for the national title. Either of the two would make excellent representatives, with or without the pressure of succeeding Kathleen Paton for the bigger crown hanging around their necks.
For Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas, this appears to be a foregone conclusion as early as the announcement of Official Candidates. In our years of participation in Bolivia, we have not sent a Spanish-speaking delegate yet. And Paula Ortega is the targeted choice to be it. She also happens to be tall, charming and muy amistosa. Now if she doesn’t luck out for this crown, then Justine Felizarta might just finally get what she has been looking for. Still, I feel that it is going to be lopsided in favor of the Albayana.
For Miss Eco Teen Philippines, the entry from Aklan seems to be in the lead. Beatriz McLelland is smart, well-spoken and very confident. Unless the judges and the organization go for someone with raw but promising potentials like Erika Vinculado or Vea Bautista, it will look like a victorious night for the Aklanon.
So there. The runners-up are likely to come from any of the ladies as well, unless the likes of Erika Kristensen or Patricia Dizon vault into placement. My only hope is for the Finals not to drag as long as last year’s. If there is one thing the pandemic taught me, it is to regularly sleep before midnight and not lose sleep on lengthy events, if it can be helped. 🙂
PostScript: How true? There will be a sixth (6th) surprise of a #new crown for tomorrow night’s Miss World Philippines 2022 Finals.
Anyways, the three hosts for the Coronation Night are:
#MissWorldPhilippines2018 Katarina Rodriguez
#MissWorldPhilippines2017 Laura Lehmann
#MissWorldPhilippines2014 Valerie Weigmann
Buy your tickets now via SM Tickets or at the SM Mall of Asia Arena box-office.
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