My Top 15 in their National Costumes
My Top 15 in their Swimsuit Photos
From among the 42 Official Candidates of Miss Asia-Pacific International 2017, I will go straight to the point and present to you my Top 8 ladies – the ones who fit the bill as the winner of this year’s edition and be the successor of Tessa Le Conge of the Netherlands. There are actually a few more deserving of inclusion in the magic circle, but these are the performers I have strong gut-feel for as being the eventual winner – with four of them being runners-up as well:
Lydia Simonis-Tariu of Cook Islands may be 8th on the list but she is the one I reckon could give a welcome surprise for the top spot, much like Davina Bennett of Jamaica in Miss Universe. She is the Face of this batch, but I want her to shine more in the finals and prove her crown-worthiness against my top choice Francielly Ouriques of Brazil who is a commanding Goddess of a favorite at this point, much like Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa in Miss Universe. Not surprisingly, the South African in this batch – Chanelle Soncini – is also a fierce contender and could upend the others if the breaks go her way. Miss Philippines Ilene de Vera is a shoo-in for the Top 5 for me, not just because she is wearing that sash. She really delivered when it mattered most.
That leaves Acacia Walker of New Zealand, Valeria Cardona of Honduras, Francisca Wong Loi Sing of Suriname and Vuong Thanh Tuyem of Vietnam fighting for the final spot.
I would be happy with any one of my top picks claiming the victory in tomorrow night’s Finals at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila.
Best of luck, ladies!
Reigning winner Tessa Le Conge of the Netherlands
Starting November 10, the beautiful delegates who are set to vie for Miss Asia-Pacific International 2017 will start arriving in our shores to join Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia-Pacific International 2017 Ilene de Vera with hopes of succeeding the reigning titleholder Tessa Le Conge of the Netherlands.
Over fifty (50) candidates will spend close to three (3) weeks for pre-pageant activities (in both Manila and Palawan) leading to the finals scheduled at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre of Resorts World Manila on November 29.
Here’s the official PR release from the organizers:
After a decade of hiatus, the mother of all beauty pageants in Southeast Asia is back. Last year, the official re-launching of the pageant took place in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, specifically at the renowned Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa. 22-year old stunner, Tessa Helena Le Conge from the Netherlands is the current titleholder. She bested the other international contenders with her overwhelming charm, wit and positivity. “I think nowadays it’s sad to see so much negativity in the world, because you see people don’t really respect each other. I would like to show people what you can do with a good light in your heart,” she quipped with her dazzling smile. She was joined by Chawanya Thanomwong of Thailand (1st runner up), RP’s Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan (2nd runner-up), Felicia George of Cook Islands (3rd runner up), Soyeon Kim of South Korea (4th runner-up).
Some of the candidates who will compete for Miss Asia Pacific International 2017
This year, with over fifty stunning and empowered women from all over the world, the organization has decided to bring the coronation night to the nation’s capital, Manila. With its advocacy to foster love and appreciation of cultural, physical, and spiritual diversities, Miss Asia Pacific International is set to inspire the everyone to be comfortable in their own skin and to believe that their unique and distinct traits is one of the key qualities that make them beautiful.
This year’s much-awaited pageant season is set to start with the candidates arrival in Manila on November 10, and to culminate with the Grand Coronation set to happen on the 29th at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Resorts World Manila.
For more updates, you may check their website at http://www.asiapacificintl.com/ or follow Miss Asia Pacific International’s social media accounts (FB: Miss Asia Pacififc International, IG: @missasiapacificintl TW: @ms_asiapacific)
Yuki Du Sonoda is gunning at the Miss Supranational Japan 2016 crown
She’s the girl I blogged before
as having the potentials of joining Bb. Pilipinas 2016. She was really interested (she idolizes Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach
). But with still-unfulfilled residency requirements, Yuki Du Sonoda could not do anything but sit it out first and wait for 2017 if ever. Several weeks to a couple of months passed, and this Filipina-Japanese beauty updated me that she has decided to sign up for Miss Supranational Japan 2016 where the eventual winner will compete with Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2016 Joanna Eden in Poland come December.
As Miss Kagoshima, I trust Yuki to do well in the national preliminary for Miss Supranational 2016. If she gets to win this one, then chances are that she might need to wait just a little longer until she can take part in Bb. Pilipinas. Or be a Japanese beauty queen for the rest of her eligible pageant life. But that’s destiny and fate in control for her.
Ganbatte ne, Yuki-san! 😉
Yuki (2nd row, 2nd from right) with the other candidates of Miss Supranational Japan 2016
Yuki is half-Filipina, half-Japanese and very beautiful
Now here is a pleasant surprise of a girl for me. She is 22 years old, stands 5’7″ and is a student of International Law at Rikkyu University. Her father is Japanese and her mom (the former Zenaida Du
) a pure Filipina from Montalban, Rizal. While she spends most of her time in Japan because of studies, she always makes sure of going home to the country – Parañaque City to be exact – where they also hold residence. Oh and by the way, she is trilingual – English, Tagalog and Nihongo.
The girl’s name is Yuki Du Sonoda. She is definitely eyeing a potential pageant stint in the nationals. While Bb. Pilipinas 2016 may seem too soon (what with the endless list of joiners in this year’s edition), I can definitely see her holding up well for the next. It may require her to sit down and wait first, but the girl is willing. After all, she just represented Japan during the Charity Queen of One Power International 2015 in Taiwan so local residency is a must.
Having Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as source of motivation should give her the push to prepare hard.
Yuki Du Sonoda is the name! 🙂
Can Yuki wait till Bb. Pilipinas 2017? I bet she can!