Tomorrow evening, Miss Earth 2022 is set to crown its new winner after two years of conducting its Finals virtually. This year, part of the preliminaries were done digitally. But for the most part of the edition, a return to physical pageantry was successfully organized by Carousel Productions here in Manila and around the Philippines.
Eighty-seven (87) ladies are aspiring to become the successor of Destiny Wagner. And from this large roster, I have taken the liberty of making a forecast (see photo grid above):
Among my five (5) top-tier choices, two Latinas, two from Asia-Oceania and one from Europe are looking at possibly winning the crown. And I am confidently placing my bets on anyone among them taking it all the way.
Sheyla Ravelo Perez of Cuba, Sheridan Mortlock of Australia, Andrea Aguilera of Colombia, Mina Sue Choi of Korea and Merel Hendriksen of the Netherlands are on spot to fill up the highest positions in the ultimate honor roll. And I would be happy having one of them being named Miss Earth 2022.
Among potential spoilers, my second-tier selection could provide a winner or two in the podium finish. A placement by Jenny Ramp of the Philippines is welcome but not highly anticipated. I would give stronger chances to Liliya Levaya of Belarus, Ekaterina Velmakina of Russia and Sakhile Dube of Zimbabwe.
In the end, I predict the Cuban, Australian or Colombian as big winner. And a Top 4 ranking for the Korean would really put a smile on my face.
Watch the #MissEarth2022 Final Show and Coronation LIVE on Globovision (Venezuela, Latin America and the Caribbean) and on facebook.com/MissEarth, youtube.con/@MissEarth and on kumu.live/MissEarthOfficial (worldwide).
Special telecast on A2Z (Philippines) on December 4 and TFC (worldwide) on December 10.
The Miss Philippines Earth 2022 Top 20 were presented to members of the media, with the Preliminaries for Beauty of Figure/Form and Environmental Intelligence happening simultaneously. The event was held at The Fountain inside Okada Manila.
From here, they will head to Coron, Palawan this weekend in preparation for its return to a Live Finals next week.
(Left photo) Congratulations to the winners of the Miss Philippines Earth 2022 Darling of the Press announced during the Preliminaries for Beauty of Figure/Form and Environmental Intelligence:
Gold 🥇 Jennifer De Asis of Mandaluyong City
Silver 🥈 Jenny Ramp of Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac
Bronze 🥉 Justiene Ortega of the City of Manila
I spent a big chunk of my Sunday at the Glass Ballroom of Okada Manila where I was invited to be part of the panel that conducted the mock Q&A/interviews with the seven (7) Binibinis of Aces & Queens for Binibining Pilipinas 2022. The other invited panelists were Ashties Moks Gonzáles and Candy Drilon-Dalman, beauty queen Ashley Montenegro, Adam Genato, Christian Baking (of The Qrown PH), Political Strategist Alhamed Uy and Rappler journalist Jairo Bolledo.
It was a very fulfilling experience that allowed us to assess the ladies more in-depth. Each one of them showed different styles of answering questions and expressing their views. But in general, I would say that all seven conducted themselves very well.
Below are some of my quick opinions about them:
#Binibini1 Stacey Gabriel – a very pleasant surprise who spoke with great impact. Her choice of words are well-thought of. And just when you expect her to be an out and out “inglesera”, she speaks in Filipino with just as much ease.
#Binibini14 Joanna Day – this Marine Biologist from Malolos, Bulacan knows her stuff with excellent clarity. A professional scuba diver, she convincingly expressed herself; a solid subject, I must add.
#Binibini20 Joanna Rabe – she has evolved well as a pageant candidate, and is able to personalize her advocacy for food security that helps in giving out a more relatable aura altogether.
#Binibini23 Nicole Borromeo – soft voice notwithstanding, this Cebuana has a very sincere outlook that can make any listener sit up and take notice of how she details her most authentic self with unmistakable charm.
#Binibini24 Patricia Samantha Go – this tall and personable Binibini grows on any interviewer the minute she reveals her special qualities as an individual. She can be unapologetically honest and that makes for a very interesting conversation that could score well on any judge’s score card.
#Binibini38 Ethel Abellanosa – clearly the most emotional among the seven, she has reached that point in her pageant career where there is no mincing of words anymore. She knows what she wants, but is also realistic about how to take the results – good or otherwise. I love her candid self.
#Binibini40 Roberta Tamondong – a real trouper who went through the challenging day despite being under the weather. She may be the youngest among them at 19, but shows the most polish. Her pageant experience clearly shows, while knowing when to stop short of giving in to any kind of pageant-patty ways. She is the camp’s flag-bearer for BBP.
I wish all seven the best in the remaining weeks of Binibining Pilipinas. At least two of them (Tamondong and Borromeo) can easily get clear shots for two of the crowns at stake, with a third one (Gabriel) possibly inching her way to the top if the breaks go her way.
At the onset, I thought that armchair judging the competition would be a walk in the park. How wrong was I. As the weeks progressed, the thirty-three (33) Official Candidates of Mister International Philippines 2022 started leveling up as they evolved from the usual male pageant joiners into prime cuts of contenders who are capable of representing the country in any international competition here or abroad.
When the Preliminaries unfolded earlier this week, I realized that we do indeed have a real battle of some of the finest young Filipino men vying to achieve pageant glory and a wider platform to further their respective causes. It may require more to tempt the most jaded appetites among netizens whose tastes preclude them from giving approval to the template of a titleholder who may not be as tall or brawny as their Caucasian or Latino counterparts. Personally, I have gone past that stage a long time ago. In these all-embracing times, the challenge is to find potential winners who have the looks, physique and communication skills that combine with a relatable personality that can make them more influential and dominant in words and actions.
Here now are the fifteen (15) contestants who – I reckon – have the makings of a national titleholder. Come Grand Coronation Night, it will all be up to them to prove me right or wrong. Let that be a challenge to each one named below, and to those who did not make my own cut.
MJ Ordillano of Paranaque City
Michael Ver Comaling of Leyte
Hisam Hit of Quezon Province
Andre Cue of Cagayan de Oro
John Ernest Tanting of Cebu City
Kitt Cortez of San Juan City
Mico Teng of Davao City
Mark Avendano of Biñan, Laguna
Christian Villarin of Iloilo Province
Godfrey Nikolai Murillo of Macabebe, Pampanga
Kristzan Karlo delos Santos of Imus, Cavite
Rafael Anciano of San Pedro, Laguna
Carl Joseph Abueg of Zambales
Jay Cordovales of Albay
Kent Magno of Sta. Rosa City
In my mind, our representative to the next edition of Mister International is named above, likewise with the First Runner-Up who will suit up for Mister Global. Now let’s see who will actually claim their destinies on Monday night.
Good luck to all the #distinctivelyhandsome men of #MisterInternationalPhilippines2022!
The Finals at Okada Manila will be hosted by Michael Bristol and Kylie Verzosa, along with Q&A segment host Boy Abunda. JM Bales, who is behind the song “Magandang Dilag” for MUPH, will perform his new composition “Makisig” – made especially for the competition.
Presenting: The Mister International Philippines 2022 Formal Wear photos in a photo grid above.
The #MisterInternationalPhilippines2022 contestants are here to redefine the role male pageants play in the society. See how they stamp their class in these official formal wear portraits shot in Cove Manila at Okada!
Below are my eleven (11) Favorites from among the images.
Photographed by Raymond Saldaña
Assisted by January Saga Abad and Ericson Buyson
Grooming by David’s Salon
There are twenty-two (22) candidates vying for the Man of the World 2022 Pageant which is currently ongoing. By now, they are heading to Baguio City where the second half of the competition will be held, leading to the Finals on June 18 at the Baguio Convention Center. Preliminaries have already been conducted at Okada Manila, including the “bahag” segment which I opted not to feature here anymore (go figure).
Below are the delegates who, in my opinion, are doing well so far. Most of them have also been consistently picking up special awards from the organizers and sponsors. I bet one of them will be proclaimed as winner eventuallly.
Photos by Pawee Ventura for Missosology
In what could be hints on what to expect in the results of the Miss World Philippines 2022 Coronation Night on Sunday, the Charity Gala held in Okada Manila conducted the Top Model Challenge of the competition. National Director Arnold Vegafria announced the ladies who made the Top 10 in the said challenge, as follows:
21 Paula Madarieta Ortega, Albay
17 Sam Santamaria, Parañaque
16 Carla Manuel, Manila
20 Ashley Subijano Montenegro, Makati
25 Gwen Fourniol, Negros Occidental
35 Patricia McGee, Zambales
24 Alison Black, Las Piñas
22 Cassandra Bermeo Chan, San Juan
26 Aliana Joaquin, Bacoor City
34 Beatriz McLelland, Aklan
Let’s see how close this list will compare to the chosen ones for the crown.
Also, the Top 5 in the Talent Competition performed last night.
Photo credit: Joy Arguil for Fab Philippines
The 33 Official Candidates of Mister International Philippines 2022 were presented to members of the Press at the Grand Ballroom of Okada Manila.
Three of them were given special awards:
Luxxe Slim Top Man Mico Teng of Davao City
Frontrow Alpha Male John Ernest Tanting of Cebu City
#PressFavorite Andre Cue of Cagayan de Oro
The top winner will represent the country in this year’s Mister International, with the First Runner-Up going to Mister Global.
Mister International Philippines 2022 unveils official contestants
OKADA MANILA, Philippines
– The Mister International Philippines Organization led by Atty. Manuel F. Deldio has selected the official candidates who will compete at the Inaugural edition of Mister International Philippines.
The latest edition of the country’s most prestigious male competition presents an exciting mix of fresh faces and pageant veterans, all bringing with them their unique stories, backgrounds, and advocacies.
Mister International Philippines is the premier national male pageant in the country that has a noble cause of “promoting Sports and Wellness”. It will bring forth men from different backgrounds across the Philippines.
The official roster of Mister International Philippines 2022 candidates are:
1. Jayben Cordovales – Albay
2. Michael Jhun Andrew – Batangas
3. Mark Avendaño – Binan, Laguna
4. Carlo Macuto – Cabuyao City
5. Andre John Cue – Cagayan De Oro
6. John Angelo Escudero – Cagayan Valley
7. Marvin Salcedo – Cainta, Rizal
8. Aldrian Basilia – Camarines Sur
9. John Ernest Tanting – Cebu City
10. Vengie James Trozo – Cebu Province
11. Mico Angelo Teng- Davao Citv
12. Jethro Mendoza – Ilocos Sur
13. Christian Villarin – Iloilo Province
14. Kristzan Karlo- Imus, Cavite
15. Michael Ver Anton Comaling – Leyte Province
16. Godfrey Nikolai Murillo – Macabebe, Pampanga
17. Jherald Castañeda – Mandaluyong City
18. Bruce Frederick Espeso – Marilao, Bulacan
19. Richard Bravo – Misamis Occidental
20. Gerald John Fullante – Naga City
21. Ivan Myles Sibay – Nueva Eciia
22. Jomarl Pabalan- Pampanga
23. Myron Jude Ordillano – Paranaque City
24. Hisam Hit – Quezon Province
25. Kitt Cortez – San Juan City
26. Rafael Anciano – San Pedro Laguna
27. Nelson Nazal – San Simon, Pampanga
28. Christian Angelo Aduana – Siniloan Laguna
29. Kent Magno – Sta Rosa City
30. Harold John Tiongson – Sta. Maria Bulacan
31. Peter Philip Ombay – Tabaco City,
32. Emanuel Miguel Nadera – Tayabas, Quezon Province
33. Carl Joseph Abueg – Zambales Province
Watch out for more photos and blogs about these #DistinctivelyHandsome men!
We’re starting this year’s competition with The Preliminary Interviews!
Catch the live stream on Empire.PH YouTube Channel today at 1PM! Let the battle for the Miss Universe Philippines 2022 crown begin!
And tonight, be at the very first live Miss Universe Philippines Preliminaries and take part in a #UniquelyBeautiful historical event in Philippine pageantry! Hosted by Marco Gumabao and Beatrice Gomez, with special guest Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu, and performances from talented OPM rising stars!
Who will shine the brightest and make it to the Top 16? Get your tickets now to witness our 32 finalists fight their way to the top!
Here are 3 ways to book your tickets:
1. Shop on Official MUPH Lazada store: https://bit.ly/MUPH2022PrelimsTicket
2. Book at the MUPH booth at Okada Crystal Corridor.
3. Contact the Miss Universe Philippines Ticketing Team at 09175157339 or fill out this form: https://forms.gle/6bMVKHoJwBi8ifXk6