Photo by Eton B. Concepcion
While Manila-based Miss Earth international pageant will go to Austria late this year, local pageant fans will still feast on about 50 foreign delegates from around the world competing in the Miss Global 2015 pageant.
The hosting rights for the 3rd edition of Miss Global pageant was given to Manila in an announcement graced by reigning Miss Global Ela Mino and pageant founder Van Pham and executive coordinator Laurie Anning.
With the two were Miss Global 2014 runners up Aizhan Lighg of Kazakhstan (3rd) and Benazir Thaha of Sri Lanka (4th), also Catherine Almirante (2nd), the reigning Miss Global Philippines who is set to crown her successor on Sept. 5.
Mino, a 23-year-old, Canadian of Albanian descent, finished a degree in Law and Society at the University of Calgary and plans to attend Law School with special interest in human rights and immigration law. A passionate young woman, Mino, at a young age, had the opportunity to travel and see the cultures of countries in Eastern Europe, witnessing extreme poverty in Albania which motivated her to find a way of helping those in need. She worked as a volunteer at the Centre for Newcomers, which helps immigrants in Canada to integrate into Canadian society and continues to embrace opportunities that allow her to be actively involved in the community. Mino said she was happy to have the chance to experience the Philippines and the world-renowned Filipino hospitality.
“We are honored to bring the Miss Global pageant in the country for the first time and we look forward to putting up a spectacular coronation show which Filipino pageant fans and from all over the world will surely enjoy and appreciate,” said Pauline Laping, CEO and national pageant director of Miss Global Philippines. “This is a big challenge for us, but it makes us proud as Filipinos and we could not wait to showcase what the country has to offer to the participating international delegates,” Laping added.
Miss Global Organization is a beauty and cultural pageant that encourages their winners to become sponsors of goodwill, trendsetter for leadership and an ambassador for beauty and cultural diversity. Miss Global differs from other international pageants with a wider age range and more diverse selection of qualified female participants between the ages of 18-35. Miss Global winner will travel the world during her yearlong reign to attend charitable fundraisers while promoting the beauty, intelligence and charm of women throughout the world.
The Miss Global 2015 coronation will be held at the City of Dreams, Pasay City on October 24, 2015, to be telecast on ABS CBN channel.