Christine Joy Picardal wins Miss Diamond of the World in Algeria
Christine Joy Picardal went to Algiers with a mission. She was chosen to represent the Philippines in the first international beauty pageant that was held in the North African country of Algeria and won.
Last night, this La Union native has just been crowned Miss Diamond of the World 2016 at the Sofitel Algiers. There was very little noise of her participation in the said competition. But now that she has proven herself worthy of the victory, a warm welcome awaits upon her return to the country soon.
Christine’s achievement proves that the Filipina is indeed world-class. After Miss United Continents 2016 Jeslyn Santos, Miss Global 2016 1st Runner-Up Camille Hirro, Mister Universal Ambassador 2016 2nd Runner-Up/ Mister Southeast Asia International 2016 Andrea Biondo, Man of the Year 2016 Karan Singhdole and Miss Asia 2016 Trixia Maria Marana, plus the Top 10 Finish of Nancy Leonard in Miss Tourism Queen International 2016, this definitely adds up to the growing list of excellent finishes for the year. And I have a good feeling there will be more in the bigger events up ahead.
Congratulations to you, Tine!
Miss United Continents 2016
Miss Global 2016
Miss Tourism Queen International 2016
What is the common denominator among the three (3) international beauty pageants which crowned its 2016 winners all in a matter of three days?
Miss Philippines, of course!
First, there is Miss United Continents 2016 in Guayaquil, Ecuador won by our very own Jeslyn Santos. In the process, she became the first Asian and Filipino to finish on top in the same.
And then there is Miss Global 2016 held at the PICC Plenary Hall last Saturday. Angela Bonilla of Ecuador may have clinched the title, but her 1st Runner-Up (and closest pursuer) is Miss Philippines Camille Hirro.
Thirdly, the Miss Tourism Queen International 2016 finals was held last night in Wenzhou, China. Anu Namshir (who also took part in Miss World 2015 in Sanya) was chosen as the winner. Miss Philippines Nancy Leonard made it to the Top 10 and was given the Best in Long Gown award afterwards.
These three results speak a lot about the strong participation of the country in the global pageant stage. And the titles are not even categorized in the big league.
Wait till you see what Jennifer Hammond, Nicole Cordoves and Kylie Verzosa will do this October. 😉
Anu Namshir of Mongolia was crowned MTQI2016
MTQI2016 Anu Namshir (center) with her court
MTQI2016 Anu Namshir of Mongolia
MTQI2016 1st Runner-Up Caro Lilian Verle of Belgium
MTQI2016 2nd Runner-Up Darya Koleychik of Belarus
MTQI2016 3rd Runner-Up Joanna Agnieszka Jochemczyk of Poland
MTQI2016 4th Runner-Up Pitchanok Jimchoo of Thailand
Miss Philippines Nancy Leonard (in red) reached the Top 10 and was named Best in Long Gown
Anu Namshir of Mongolia was crowned Miss Tourism Queen International 2016 tonight in Wenzhou, China. She defeated 27 other candidates for the title. Her court includes 1st Runner-Up Caro Lilian Verle of Belgium, 2nd Runner-Up Darya Koleychik of Belarus, 3rd Runner-Up Joanna Agnieszka Jochemczyk of Poland and 4th Runner-Up Pitchanok Jitchoo of Thailand.
Miss Philippines Nancy Leonard made it to the Top 10 of the finals and was awarded Best in Long Gown (courtesy of Designer Edwin Uy) before the announcement of top winners.
Congratulations to everyone! 🙂
Nancy’s Edwin Uy evening gown for MTQI2016
What will Nancy Leonard wear in the Evening Gown competition of Miss Tourism Queen International 2016? Well, Designer Edwin Uy came up with a red masterpiece described as follows:
The gown of Nancy Leonard is a red serpentine gown embellished with lace, Japanese cut beads and Swarovski crystals. This is a modern interpretation of a classic European cut that shows more silhouette of Nancy’s sexy body.
The design fits the features of Nancy who is a Spanish mestiza. The red color of the gown highlights the beautiful skin of Nancy to make her look more radiant, plus China’s preference for red colors will surely make her noticeable even more.
Your thoughts, dear readers? 😉
Jeslyn & Nancy in swimsuits (Photo credit for Nancy: Raymond Saldaña)
Jeslyn enjoying the host hotel in Guayaquil
Nancy wearing Edwin Uy during the gown photoshoot
Two Filipinas are in the thick of international competition abroad right now, and I have a feeling that both of them are being noticed very well by the host organizers based on the number of photos being posted in the respective Facebook pages.
Jeslyn Santos – Miss Filipinas in Guayaquil’s Miss United Continents 2016 – and Nancy Leonard for Wenzhou’s Miss Tourism Queen International 2016 are giving it their absolute best. Their pageants may not have the glitz and glamour of Miss Universe, but you still have to give a hand to the hosts for keeping things together and delivering a credible run of pre-pageant proceedings so far.
I know that both ladies want to win their respective assignments to justify their selections as representatives of our country. Let’s follow their separate roads to victory. The cheers and mora support will definitely uplift their spirits even more.
Jeslyn during one of the pre-pageant activities
Nancy with fellow MTQI candidates
Good luck, ladies! 😀
Miss Tourism Queen International Philippines 2016 Nancy Leonard (right) with MTQI National Director Roanne Refrea
Left to right: Roanne Refrea, Nancy Leonard, Ovette Ricalde and Mrs. Annie Refrea
Nancy and Roanne
Nancy amswering questions from members of the Press
MTQI Philippines 2016 Nancy Leonard
Ready as she can ever be, Nancy is!
Miss Tourism Queen International 2016 Nancy Leonard beautifully showed up during the Meet-and-Greet with members of the Press at the Yatai Ramen Restaurant inside Seaside Dampa in Macapagal Blvd lunchtime yesterday. Along with Ovette Ricalde of Megastar Productions and MTQI National Director Roanne Refrea (you will remember her as Miss Tourism Philippines 2015
), she showed her battle-ready charm for the upcoming competition of Miss Tourism Queen International 2016 to be held in Wen Zhou, China from September 12-26.
“I’m deeply honored and thankful to Queen of the Philippines Foundation Inc. for giving me this most cherished dream of mine that is to compete in an international pageant and represent the Philippines. Rest assured that I will give my very best to do well at the 2016 Miss Tourism Queen International and bring home the crown, thank you for all the trust and support especially to Tita Annie Refrea and Miss Roanne Refrea for their words of encouragement and advises.” Nancy said.
Nancy will be wearing Edwin Uy for the international competition, and she is visibly excited over finally representing (and wearing the Philippine sash) us abroad.
Shots of the Edwin Uy creation Nancy will wear in the competition
Queen of the Philippines Foundation Inc. and La Unica Events Management and Production Inc in collaboration with Megastar Productions will now take charge of organizing Queen of the Philippines for Miss Tourism Queen International and will hold a national pageant search for our next representative come 2017.