On the pageant stage, we are training the spotlight on some 80 beautiful Filipinas. Yes, a total of 80 beauties vying for the most coveted crowns in Miss World Philippines and Mutya Pilipinas.
Just recently, 40 candidates of the local Miss World franchise were introduced to the press. Also, the members of the media got to meet another set of 40 ladies in Mutya Pilipinas a week prior.
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Michelle Marquez-Dee and fellow Kapuso stars Isabelle de Leon and Kelley Day have been named among the 40 official candidates of the 2019 Miss World Philippines.
Dee, the 24-year-old 5-foot-10, model and daughter of 1979 Miss International Melanie Marquez will be competing in her first beauty pageant and this early has been single out as the girl to beat to succeed last year’s titlist Katarina Rodriguez.
De Leon, on the other hand, is a 25-year-old actress, who won as FAMAS best child actress in the movie Magnifico in 2003. Meanwhile, Day is a 23-year-old Fil-British model-actress and former girlfriend of Inigo Pascual. De Leon and Day are also competing for the first time.
Ilene de Vera, Miss Asia Pacific International 2017-4th runner-up, and Michelle Thorlund, Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities 2016 are among the early favorites for the top title. The 9th edition of Miss World Philippines 2019, under director Arnold Vegafria, will have its coronation night on Sept. 15 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with three other titles at stake, Reina Hispanoamericana, Miss Eco International and Miss Multinational.
Other candidates are: Sammie Anne Legaspi, Katrina Llegado, Asha Gutierrez, Sheila Marie Reyes, Kristi Banks, Glyssa Perez, Ednalyn Gunio, Aura Shaznay Tumulak, Joanna Camell Mercado, Mary Daena Resureccion, Kayesha Chua, Michelle Thorlund, Gerlaine Silva, Hannah Therese Cruz, Alyssa Joreen Reyes, Patrisha Kamille Gutierrez, Tracy Maureen Perez, Vanessa Mae Walters, Shariella Yanson, Julie Ann Forbes, Jacqueline Hamoude, Justienne Ortega, Rose Ann Ignacio, Kimberly Hakenson, Sharmaine Galisanao, Jean Tumang, Shannon Christie Kerver, Louis Theunis, Patricia Ann Tan, Julie Mae Ocampo, Ruffa Nava, Patrixia Santos, Michelle Kain, Erica Rose Madlangsakay, Jena Masero, and Kalea Pitel.
The forty lovely candidates of the new Mutya Pilipinas 2019 paraded in pink swimsuits during the press presentation held at the Main Ballroom of Citadines Bay City Manila two Thursdays ago. As customary, the Darling of the Press was chosen at the conclusion of the event.
Andrea Fe Gomez of Baguio City and Maxinne Nicole Rangel of Padre Garcia, Batangas were voted as co-winners. Gomez, 19, a Psychology major, won Miss Silka Philippines 2017. Rangel, who won Mutya ng Batangas 2017, is a fresh graduate from De La Salle Lipa.
Mutya Pilipinas, Inc. president Cory Quirino presided the highly anticipated kick-off activity of the 51st Mutya edition attended by last year’s winners, led by Mutya Tourism InternationalAya Fernandez, Mutya Tourism Queen of the Year International Khesha Ramachandran, Mutya Global Beauty Queen Pauline Amelinckx and Mutya 1st runner-up Justine Teng.
Among the early favorites are April Short of Zamboanga City, Jigg Kirsty Ang of Catanduanes, Alyana Bettina Penales of Albay, Jasmine Eaton of Tacloban City, Keinth Jensen Petrasanta of Laguna, Cyrille Payumo of Pampanga, Eiffel Janell Rosalita of Sta. Maria, Bulacan, Irish Silades of Malinao, Albay, Tyra Goldman of Nevada, USA, Ysabel Napiza of New Jersey, USA, and Amber Delos Reyes of Canada.
Quirino revealed that this year’s candidates will undergo a half-day seminar on self-defense in coordination with the PNP Police Community Affairs and Development Group, headed by its director PBGen. Rhodel O. Sermonia. The initiative is part of Quirino’s advocacy-project on women empowerment called “Ikaw Hihinto Ng Krimen against Women” being implemented by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) where Quirino is serving as chairman.
The 40 candidates will vie for the titles of Miss Asia Pacific International, World Top Model Philippines, Miss Tourism International, and Mutya Filipino Overseas Communities during the grand coronation night to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena on August 18, 2019 telecast over ABS-CBN channel.
Completing the list of 40 official candidates are Mariah Gelina Lequin (Bogo City, Cebu), Ella Cayabyab (Quezon Province), Hanna Jessica Villa (Taguig), Louise Janica Arroyo An(California), Andrea Fe Gomez (Baguio City), Jenieva Basultin (Barotac Viejo, Iloilo), Camille Joy Ang (Cavite), Andrea Acibo Batangas City, Batangas), Karmina Luiza Grady(Arizona), Sandra Jele (Tagbilaran City), Maria Isabel Alves (San Isidro, Paranaque), Joi Hunter (Illinois), Savannah Rosemary Caracas (Australia), Klyza Castro (Davao Del Sir),Christene Longakit (Quezon City), Karla Claudine Lasquiet (Cebu City), Layla Adriatico (Bahrain), Iana Faye Marie Olea (Davao Oriental), Dionne Sade Nicha (Tunasan, Muntinlupa),Jenny Kim Agasid (San Dionisio Paranaque), Maricres Castro (Alabang, Muntinlupa), Maxinne Nicole Rangel (Padre Garcia, Batangas), Maria Angelica Pantaliano (Mandaue City, Cebu), Lesley Anne Ticaro (Davao del Norte), Camille Maha Marie Fabro (UAE), Irish Silades (Malinao, Albay), Nina Bernedo (Cagayan De Oro), Jaica Zacate (Pangasinan), Lady Justerinnie Santos (Bulakan, Bulacan), and Stephanie Monique Villavicencio (La Paz, Iloilo City).