Sharifa Mangatong Areef Mohammad Omar Akeel or Sharifa Akeel (for short) is one Filipina Beauty Queen who did not harvest her national and international achievements in a flash. She (and presumably her handlers) patiently and diligently paid her dues from the municipal, provincial and regional levels first before even signing up for bigger things here in Manila. Her collection of crowns reads, as follows:
Mutya ng Lebak 2016
Mutya ng Sultan Kudarat 2016
Mutya ng Regional PRISAA 2017
Mutya ng National PRISAA 2017
Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific Int’l 2018
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018
This coming 2020 – and safely after serving her commitments to both Mutya ng Pilipinas and Miss Asia Pacific International – Sharifa is ready to spread her wings even wider than ever before. The choices are ripe for the picking. The good thing is that her rise in the pageantry ladder is such that the hierarchy of wins will move upward than otherwise. She could be the classic example of the Filipina from the grassroots who used one national pageant as stepping stone to heightened glory as an international winner in a homegrown beauty competition.
I can almost see this beautifully down-to-earth 22 year-old signing up for Bb. Pilipinas 2020 or Miss World Philippines 2020. But wait, she could also go for Miss Universe Philippines 2020. She simply needs to make the right selection to continue the progressive build-up of her participation.
Your take on Sharifa, dear readers?
Megan and Pia
If you missed the live broadcast of the Opening Ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Philippine Arena, eleven of our international beauty queens paraded with the eleven participating nations in the biennial regional sporting event that drew a full house in the gigantic venue.
Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Young, Precious Lara Quigaman, Karen Gallman, Jamie Herrell, Angelia Ong, Karen Ibasco, Cynthia Thomalla, Sharifa Akeel, Jannie Alipo-on and Sophia Senorom added World-Class Beauty to the proceedings when they led each of the SEA Games nations during the parade onstage.
Just in case you missed it, you can watch below:
Amidst all the controversies (and unforgiveable embarrasments) with the initial days of SEA Games hosting in the country, the Opening Ceremony this coming Saturday, November 30, should be a source of pride for Filipinos. Aside from the showcase of World-Class singing talents, the muses of the participating countries in the region’s biennial sporting event will be eleven (11) of our international beauty titleholders, namely:
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach for Team Philippines
Miss World 2013 Megan Young for Team Indonesia
Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman for Team Malaysia
Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell for Team Singapore
Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong for Team Thailand
Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco for Team Myanmar
Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman for Team Brunei
Miss Eco International 2018 Cynthia Thomalla for Team Laos
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel for Team Vietnam
Miss Tourism International 2017 Jannie Alipo-on for Team East Timor
Miss Multinational 2017 Sophia Senoron for Team Cambodia
Let’s hope that things go on an upswing after the festive start.
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel for Arise Mindanao Fashion Show.
Designer Ador Feliciano
Stylist Oli Sara
Photos by Alain Lababit
Congratulations! A very smart and statuesque beautiful lady from Andalucia, Spain defeated all opponents and is now the successor of Sharifa Akeel.
Miss Asia Pacific International 2019:
#Spain Chaiyenne Huisman 🇪🇸
#DominicanRepublic Eoanna Elaynna Constanza 🇩🇴
#Canada Jessica Cianchino 🇨🇦
#Brazil Carolina Schüler 🇧🇷
#CostaRica Fio Cortes Arbenz 🇨🇷
Additional photos provided by Daryl Navarretto for normannorman.com
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel
Miss Asia Pacific International 2019 will happen in Manila, Philippines this coming October 9, 2019.
Looking forward to knowing who the reigning titleholder Sharifa Akeel (left photo) of the Philippines will crown as her successor.
More updates soon!
Resham Ramirez Saeed has the honor of being only the second Muslim to win a Bb. Pilipinas crown – the first one being Reham Snow Tago (left photo being crowned by Cara Subijano) who was proclaimed Bb. Pilipinas World back in 1995. Of course, if you go by national pageants in general, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 Sharifa Akeel would be sandwiched in between.
Going back to our subject, this Filipina-Pakistani was a dark horse in the competition right from the start. She may not have been the type who would join the hype of the established front-runners, but she almost always gets the attention of most pageant watchers because of her articulate self and very exotic features. It’s true that she was raised in Canada, but she has done a pretty good job of representing Maguindanao and its local culture.
Last Sunday night, you didn’t see the pressure to successfully deliver in Resham’s performance. That’s the beauty of being a spoiler. The weight of winning is inside, but not to the point of showing it on the outside. It was only during the part of announcement of winners in the TV telecast when the camera would pan in her area that you could notice the earnest look in her face of wanting to be called as one of the new titleholders.
That being said, Resham is now one of our new Queens and a fresh inclusion in the roster of winners. The Miss Supranational IG account has already reported her win plus a virtual welcome to the international family. They even described her as “classy”. So I guess they are more than excited to meet her in person once she competes in Poland.
Happy Philippine Independence Day, everyone!