The Philippines is ranked 4th in terms of number of wins in Miss Universe with four (4), 2nd only in Miss International even with six (6) and a tie for 18th-37th places with so many other countries in Miss World with one (1) each. Outside the homegrown Miss Earth where Filipinas are comfortably leading the way with four (4) victories, it is in the Malaysia-based Miss Tourism International competition where we are lording it over with five (5) titleholders since it started only during the mid-1990s. The reigning titleholder herself is Mutya Pilipinas 2019 Cyrille Payumo who saved the country from a complete shutout in international wins from recognized pageants last year.
To the eyes of some, MTI may only be a second-tier international beauty event. But with its relative consistency of mounting the finals year after year, good Tourism thrust and a reputable organization headed by Tan Sri Datu Danny Ooi, it deserves due respect from the global pageant community.
I wanted so much to share videos of all five ladies, but I could no longer find one with Maria Esperanza Manzano from 2000. Below are the late Rizzini Alexis Gomez, Angeli Dione Gomez, Jannie Alipo-on and Cyrille Payumo.
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It is interesting to note that on the same year Leren Mae Bautista won the Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International title in Malaysia, Ann Lorraine Colis was crowned The Miss Globe at the Rose Theatre in Toronto, Canada – the international title that the former competed for last year in Albania as Bb. Pilipinas Globe where she grabbed 2nd Runner-Up honors.
Anyways, here is a throwback to the victory of Leren in Kuala Lumpur in a competition that had more entries (57) compared to The Miss Globe where she had only 48 other opponents. It only goes to show how successful Tan Sri Danny Ooi is in marketing his pageants and making his country a regular destination for such.
A crown for Jannie. Finally!
During last night’s finals of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017, Jannie Loudette Alipo-on of Navotas City was almost guaranteed of a victory. She was in her best elements. Well, almost. A slight hiccup during the Top 12 Q&A threatened to spoil the results, but the judges may have already made up their minds at that point. It also helped a lot that the owner of Miss Tourism International – Tan Sri Danny Ooi – was a member of the Board of Judges and had a final say on who will get the crown dedicated to his Kuala Lumpur-based pageant.
I was sounded off that the Malaysian pageant mogul gave his thumbs-up to the 25 year-old. And I couldn’t agree more. She had the peg of MTI down pat.
I asked Jannie to share her thoughts about the victory.
Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2017 Jannie Alipo-on
“When I heard my name I was totally shocked and my first words as miss tourism international was “oh my gosh, really?” Then in my mind, I kept thanking god for granting my dreams and wishes of my mentors and family. Then I looked at them screaming their lungs out. All the hard word was all worth it.
I am planning to see more of the Philippines and document it. I will go to places that are haven’t been discovered yet and share it with my social media to make it known. And of course I need to educate everyone on how to take care of our environment so that we can sustain the beauty of it.”
Watch the announcement of winners during Friday night’s finals.
courtesy of StarBitesPH