At the Sapphire B Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, a two-in-one Press Conference was hosted by the Miss World Philippines Organization. First was the homecoming for Miss Eco Philippines 2018 Maureen Montagne who successfully ended her mission in Cairo, Egypt when she placed 1st Runner-Up in a very close battle for Miss Eco International 2019. It was almost a back-to-back win for the country with Cynthia Thomalla being the outgoing international titleholder.
Maureen was pleased of her achievement abroad. For now, she plans to hang her pageant shoes in favor of a showbiz career. She will be shooting her first feature film soon, and is hoping that she will get a good hosting break on TV after.
The second focus of the Presscon was the formal introduction of Arnold Mercado as the new General Manager of the Miss World Philippines Organization. One of the former pillars of popular beauty camp “Aces & Queens”, he will now be in-charge of the annual Miss World Philippines competition as well as the upcoming Mr World 2019 to be hosted in the country starting late July with a finals date set for August 4. He will also take care of the promotion and appearances of the reigning Queens and Kings of the organization.
Best wishes to both Maureen and Arnold (now fondly called “Mama World” by everyone) in their future professional endeavors as part of the group headed by Arnold Vegafria.
#MissWorldPhilippinesOrganization #MaureenMontagne #ArnoldMercado
Arnold Vegafria and Arnold Mercado
Time for a quick break from the #Binibinis:
Now it can be told.
Two #Arnolds are now running Miss World Philippines Organization.
With Arnold Vegafria as the National Director, Arnold Mercado has taken the place of Bessie Besana – who posted his farewell message on social media last week – as General Manager.
I’m pretty sure that something big is in the works for the group this year!
Looking forward to the Presscon next week for the official announcement.
Arnold Vegafria and Arnold Mercado
Photos from the Sendoff Press Conference held at Novotel Manila Araneta Center in honor of #MissEcoPhilippines Maureen Montagne who will represent the country in Miss Eco International to be held in Cairo, Egypt from March 12-29.
Her fellow Queens – Miss World Philippines Katarina Rodriguez, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez and Miss Multinational Philippines Kimi Mugford- and National Director Arnold Vegafria were around to give their moral support and well-wishes to our competing rep.
Best of luck, Mo! And go for the back-to-back win!
Yesterday was her official sendoff presided by National Director Arnold Vegafria of the Miss World Philippines Organization.
And today, she is scheduled to depart for New Delhi, India to represent the country in Miss Multinational 2018/2019.
Miss Multinational Philippines 2018 Kimi Mugford is looking at scoring a back-to-back win in the competition with Sophia Senoron being the reigning titleholder.
Kimi will be wearing a Cary Santiago number for the finals plus a Patrick Starr creation for her National Costume (inspired by the Province of Benguet).
This articulate young lady of 18 admits that her training was tough, but committed her 100% to everything. Gone are her hockey-playing tomboyish ways back in Ontario. In place now is a transformed lady who has so much pride in wearing the Philippine sash abroad.
Best of luck in the journey and do us proud, Kimi!
The first time I watched the full introductory video of Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2018 Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez for Reina Hispanoamericana 2018 during the sendoff, I started getting goosebumps all over my arms.
Time for you to watch the clip (filmed inside Patio Victoria Intramuros) now to appreciate our bet even more!
Announcement fro the Miss World Philippines Organization after today’s Final Casting Call for #MrWorldPhilippines2018:
The partial Official Candidates of Mr. World Philippines 2018 are as follows –
1. Joy Jerome Evangelista
2. JB Saliba
3. Karl Louie Aragon
4. Abdullah Sharif Cheng
5. Denver Hernandez
6. Wilfred Placencia
7. Reymart Regis
8. Marco Poli
9. Robin Hanrath
10. Mark Jero Bagaporo
11. Miguel De Castro
12. EmirDon Abbo
13. Ricardo De Jesus
14. Joshua Reginald Banatin (left photo)
The candidates mentioned above will be joined by the ones from the provinces and those selected through a special process to complete the list of official candidates. The press presentation of the contest will happen on Tuesday at Maxim’s in Resorts World Manila.
Among the announced contenders, it would be interesting to note the entry of crossover titleholders like Mister Philippines 2017 Denver Hernandez, Mister Grand Philippines 2017 Joshua Reginald Banatin and former winners of Mister United Continents and Mr Republic of the Philippines Ricardo de Jesus and Wilfred Placencia, respectively.
This early, though, the favorite of many is Fil-Italian Marco Poli who at 6’3” is the tallest and the one closest to the Mr World peg of Julia Morley.
More about this national male pageant soon!
Earlier in the day, the Miss World Philippines Organization conducted its screening of candidates for Mr. World Philippines 2018 at the House Manila. The good-looking (and nicely desirable) Filipino aspirants trooped to the venue where they were assessed by a panel headed by Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann amd Miss Eco International 2018 Cynthia Thomalla.
There is a good assortment of applicants who came – models, professionals, students, showbiz upstarts and previous pageant winners.
It’s still too early to tell how the actual competition will unravel for #MrWorldPhilippines2018, but the two aspirants who really stood out today have something in common between the two of them – Italy.
Marco Poli – Fil-Italian who at 6’3” is the tallest enlister today. He has a quiet charm all his own. But once he speaks, one can sense the no-nonsense quality of his answers. He is also one mean chef in the kitchen.
Former Mister Philippines titleholder Denver Hernandez – a full-blooded Filipino raised in Italy who is a force onstage and off because of his very masculine appeal, much like a discerning brute who mixes Pinoy suave with Italian machismo. He represented the country in the Dominican Republic during Men Universe Model 2017.
Let’s see if these two guys can sustain the marked impressions or allow the other comers to get in the way of getting closer to the titles at stake. They are shoo-ins to become Official Candidates, after all.