At Miss Grand International 2013… Philippines places 4th

ANNALIE Forbes finished as 3rd runner up at the first Miss Grand International pageant held in Bangkok on Nov. 19. Puerto Rican Janelee Chaparro won over 74 other candidates and took home a $30,000 cash prize and a paid apartment residence in Thailand for a year during her reign as spokesperson for the pageant’s ‘Stop the War’ campaign at the international level.

Annalie Forbes’ winning form that won her fourth place
Forbes, a 20-year-old lounge singer who was second runner up in the Bb. Pilipinas 2012 pageant was handpicked to represent the Philippines at the newest beauty pageant and duplicated Ariella Arida’s placement at the Miss Universe 2013.

Dominican Republic’s Chantel Martínez was first runner up, while while Slovak Republic’s Denisa Paseciakova and Australia’s Kelly Louise Maguire were the second and fourth runners up, respectively.

Miss Grand International Janelee Chaparro of Puerto Rico (center) with Annalie Forbes (Philippines), Chantel Martinez (Dominican Republic), Denisa Paseciakova (Slovak Republic) and Kelly Louise Maguire
In the final interview, Forbes answered the top five question, “What would you do to prevent war and global conflict?” with “As a beauty queen, I will use my position to promote the advocacy of Miss Grand International by using various instruments, such as social media, the pageant itself and if necessary, a personal presence to spread the wonderful message of peace by stopping war. Thank you Thailand and all the countries who donated for (sic) my countrymen. Maraming maraming salamat po, from the Philippines!”

Ali, as she is fondly called, was Miss Bulacan 2011 and is currently a first year Infotech student at STI. She started singing at age seven and idolizes jazz queen Ella Fitzgerald. She had her first solo concert Invincible in March 2013, which showcased her love for jazz and bossa nova. Her father is a taxi driver so she helps in supporting the needs of her family. – Eton B. Concepcion, Photos: Miss Grand International


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