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.
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.
The rains didn’t cooperate during the actual event, but the ladies were the least bit bothered. They wanted to get it over with and done. The rain-drenched effect created a less than appealing view of the proceedings, but if you were in Boracay actually watching the show, it looked like an epic display of beach bodies and confident challengers all throughout.
After the candidates concluded their Beach Beauty competition and the succeeding deliberations, the ten (10) candidates below emerged on top:
27 Bless Villablanca
17 Sam Santamaria
22 Cassandra Bermeo Chan
13 Maria Gigante
18 Justine Felizarta
36 Lady Justerinnie Santos
25 Gwen Fourniol
34 Francesca Beatriz McLelland
21 Paula Madarieta Ortega
24 Alison Black
Find out who wins the Beach Beauty competition on June 5 during the Coronation Night.
Time to move on and shift our focus on Miss World Philippines 2022. There are 36 Official Candidates. Here are their first official portrait photos for the competition. It also serves as their first-ever challenge during the final screening.
Two of them need little or almost no introductions. So I will just list their names: Maria Gigante of Cebu and Paula Ortega of Albay. You know these two ladies as alumni of other national pageants – Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Universe Philippines, respectively.
The two others are Patricia Dizon of Pampanga and Carla Manuel of Manila.
So that completes the ten ladies of Aces & Queens for Miss World Philippines 2022!
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo, her court Bella Ysmael, Michele Gumabao, Pauline Amelinckx and Billie Hakenson – along with Paula Madarieta Ortega of Albay and Maria Isabela Galeria of Sorsogon – joined hands in packing relief goods for our brothers and sisters in Bicol for #FrontrowCares.
Thank you to Frontrow’s Raymond Francisco and Sam Verzosa for organizing this activity.
Look: BTS in the filming of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Preliminary Q&A that will be shown in its entirety on October 21 in the #RingLightSeries.
If memory serves me right, this will be the #FirstTime in a national pageant that the crucial Preliminary Interviews will be open to the public to watch and help in completing their full assessment of the candidates who are likely to advance to the semifinals.
Photo grid above shows Paula Madarieta Ortega of Albay and Cole Silvernale of Angeles City in action.
I have always called her #Señorita Paula Madarieta Ortega.
And for good reasons at that.
First of all, it is a title or form of address used of or to a Spanish-speaking unmarried woman, corresponding to Miss.
Secondly, she does exude the spirit of a Señorita – fiery yet warm in nature.
Lastly, a Filipina Señorita from Albay implies that her heart is in the right place all the time.
Designer: Renee Magtibay Salud
Wardrobe Stylist: Andrew Palma
Master Make Up Artist : Jim Ryan Ros assisted by: Bhorj Bautista
Hair Stylist : Jericho Valenzuela
Lens man and Video Producer : Gervin Calina
Creative Direction and Photography : Red Punzalan
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