Initially, I had my doubts on whether Miss Republic of the Philippines can pull it off. But with constant determination and commitment from CEO and Pageant Owner Lynette Padolina, the contest is now on its finals with the Coronation Night scheduled at The Theater of Solaire later. From among the thirty-five Official Candidates, two (2) will be crowned as the big winners – Miss Republic of the Philippines 2015 (from among the local beauties) and Miss Republic of the Philippines International 2015 (from among the delegates who came from abroad) – with three (3) special titles of Miss Luzon, Miss Visayas and Miss Mindanao.
The plan was for a Top 12 to be named to the Semifinals. But after reviewing the contenders and knowing them personally, I need to make it a Top 15 to recognize the efforts of all potential qualifiers who can fill up the four (4) pillars of importance: beauty, personality, attitude and communication skills.
My Top 15 (see photo grid above) are in order of their pin numbers: Stephanie Slattery of Victoria, Cristelle Tolentino of Pasig City, Pollyheart Calvero of Alcala Pangasinan, Alexia Sonia Edmund of UK, Digna Diaz of Nueva Ecija, Christie Rose Cequeña of Sta. Rosa, Krisnah Catague of Antique, Natalie Mcdiarmid of Melbourne, Beatrice Valente of Milan Italy, Fermira Dianne Ramos of Zambales, Joselle Mariano of Cavite, Sheila Marie Reyes of Valenzuela City, Krizzia Lyn Moreno of Camarines Sur, Christine Joy Madamba of Bacolod and Randea Anne Cabalfin of South Cotabato.
From these fifteen ladies, I thought of going straight to my Top 5. Why? Because there are two major titles and one of them will come from the foreign entries. And since there are only four (4) in my Top 15 for that 2nd crown, why not just zero in on the person who might be the best fit for the spot. At any rate, I added an extra girl just to sweeten up the mix a little bit and be a potential spoiler.
Hence, my Top 6 are (in random order): Kristie Rose Cequeña of Sta. Rosa, Joselle Mariano of Cavite, Cristelle Tolentino of Pasig City, Natalie Mcdiarmid of Melbourne, Fermira Dianne Ramos of Zambales and Pollyheart Calvero of Alcala, Pangasinan.
Obviously, Natalie Mcdiarmid of Melbourne is my pick for Miss Republic of the Philippines International 2015. But from among the rest, it could still be anyone’s ballgame. Joselle Mariano, Cristelle Tolentino and Kristie Rose Cequeña are still in it to win it. And one of them could take the other throne.
Just my two cents worth for the pageant. I am happy with how I get an extra uptick in site traffic because of Miss Republic of the Philippines 2015, and that’s why I exerted some due effort to cover the same. 😉