Having personally met and talked to the 35 Official Candidates of Miss World Philippines 2017, I am sharing my early choices but tweaking the presentation just a little bit. There are four (4) titles at stake, so I decided to come up with four (4) potential winners for each one of them. Of course, it would be possible for four choices for the highest title to grab all crowns in the end. But that would be spoiling the chances of the rest who will definitely make the all-important first cut of the pageant. But in essence, these are the sixteen (16) contenders I am shortlising for now.
For Miss Eco Philippines where the winner will travel to Egypt for her competition, I have placed (from top photo clockwise) Ella Eiveren Lubag, Chelsea Manalo, Rose Flores and Nikki Deveza. This is such a diverse quartet with a Chinese-looking, a half-American, a half-Indian and a full Filipina in the mix. The competition and varied preference in the host country could favor one of them.
For Miss Multinational Philippines who will fly to New Delhi, India in December, I have set aside (from top clockwise) Sheila Marie Reyes, Trizha Ocampo, Jeanyfer Ozbot and Jona Sweett. Methinks that the host country would love to see either a sweet-looking lady (Sheila or Jeanyfer) or a fiery Pinay with Latina-ish vibe (Trizha or Jona) representing the Philippines.
Now it gets more interesting for Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas who will visit Bolivia in South America for the first time. Do we favor a Spanish-speaking Barcelona-raised Gabriela Ortega as shoo-in? Or do we go for the exotic and statuesque Ethel Abellanosa? How about world traveler Zara Carbonell? Or maybe the Australia-raised Boholana Glyssa Perez? It’s supposed to be free for all, but this is one title that Gabriela should have in the bag at the onset. Unless she allows the other comers to nose her out.
And the biggest title of them all? There are four in the hunt for Miss World Philippines who will fly to Sanya, China for Miss World 2017. And they are – without a doubt – the solid front-runners this year. Heck, they might even be the four eventual titlists! Consider Cynthia Thomalla, Janela Joy Cuaton, Teresita Ssen Marquez and Laura Lehmann. One of them is very likely to succeed Catriona Gray, in my opinion.
Your thoughts, dear readers? 🙂