Still, the Mrs. Universe title has eluded Filipina married women after our Philippine representative, Veronica Yu, finished seventh place. Elena Maximova of Udmurtia, a republic in the Russian Federation, won the title during finals held recently in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The runners-up were Mrs. Vietnam Hoang Thi Thanh Nga (1st), Mrs. Venezuela Esther Suppa (2nd), Mrs. Indian Ocean Zoya Sheikh (3rd), and Mrs. Korea Seo Yeon Choi (4th).
Yu, who was awarded Mrs. Universe Elegance for her long gown by Leo Almodal, is a Doctor in Humanities, a firefighter, and a reservist of the Philippine Air Force. “I thank everyone for your love and support in this journey. As Mrs. Universe Philippines 2022, I hope to continue my advocacies through the Mrs. Universe Philippines organization, in partnership with the Commission on Women, to make my project on building a refuge house for battered women possible,” said the former Rotary Club president.
Ashley Subijano Montenegro eyes a back-to-back in Miss Eco International 2023
“I’ll give it my all to claim the title for the second year,” said Ashley Subijano Montenegro, now in Cairo, Egypt competing in Miss Eco International 2023.
It’s not going to be a walk in the park for Subijano to achieve a back-to-back win as we saw it last year when two Filipinas fell short of achieving the rare feat. This is the first time for the 22-year-old, daughter of Bb. Pilipinas-World 1994 Cara Subijano and former GMA’s Unang Hirit host Hans Montenegro, to compete internationally after the Miss Charm 2019 pageant, where she was supposed to compete, being the first winner of Miss Charm Philippines, was scrubbed due to COVID-19.
We’ll know come finals night on March 3 if the statuesque model will inherit the crown currently owned by compatriot and reigning Miss Eco International 2022 Kathleen Paton.
The Egypt-based Miss Eco International, the biggest beauty pageant in the Middle East, chooses its winner to be the ECO Queen for the cause of global eco-tourism, in support of the United Nations Development Goals.
PEPPs announces new lineup of shows
This year promises to be a very busy 2023 for Prime Events Production Philippines Foundation, Inc (PEPPs), as it launches its new and exciting lineup of shows and events during Kickstart Launching, held at Winford Manila Resort and Casino recently.
In addition to the annual 10th Misters of Filipinas, to be held in September, and Man of the World 2023, finals in June, with about forty-plus entries from around the world, PEPPs is set to launch Misters of Filipinas Prime 2023, a competition for married and single men, 28 to 48 years old, with the winner to compete in Mister Universe Prime 2023.
Promising actor Kristel Galang of the My Day TV series was appointed Miss Fitness Super Model World Philippines by PEPPs and will join Mister Fitness Super Model World Mayco Toledo in Vietnam in May for the global finals.
Meanwhile, PEPPs TV has launched Forever Yours The Series, introducing its main cast composed of Inaki Torres, Ely Cellan, and Eurwin Canzana. The shooting of the romantic-comedy series will start this month under the supervision of TPC-The Party Channel and the direction of PEPPs CEO Carlo Morris Galang.
PEPPs is also set to open the Halloween Horror House in October, to feature a food carnival, horror maze, haunted house, scare zone, and other scary attractions; and PEPPs year-ending 3rd Philippine Pageant Ball, and Awards Night, dubbed “A Night of Glamour, Sophistication, Substance and Character,” the grandest and sought-after event in the country’s pageant history.