Miss World Philippines 2014: The celebs and the runway divas

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The 26 official candidates of Miss World Philippines 2014 pageant face great pressure following the victory of Megan Young in last year’s Miss World competition.

Whoever wins the crown will eye for a historic “back-to-back” victory for the Philippines in the international pageant. Before the ladies battle it out for that opportunity, it’s time to check in on your favorite candidates:

The celebs
Megan’s experience as a TV host and actress played an advantage when she competed in Bali, Indonesia last year. These three ladies hopes to follow her footsteps.

PicMonkey CollageThe most popular among the candidates is Filipino-German actress and professional model Valerie Weigmann (#19). She recently joined the noontime show Eat Bulaga but is best remembered for her stint in the reality show Pinoy Big Brother in 2008. She has graced the runway for some of the best names in the Philippine fashion industry as well as a handful of magazine covers prior to joining the pageant.

2Next is former Bb Pilipinas candidate Nicole Donesa (#14), a contract artist of GMA-7. Raised in San Francisco, California, she used to perform in various Fil-Am events in the US before moving to the Philippines. She has appeared on the Kapuso Network shows My Destiny and Bubble Gang.

3Technically, Eliza Johanna Cruz (#25) is no movie star, but her family name gives her that celebrity status. She is the sister of singer Geneva Cruz and holds a human resource management degree from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

Runway models
Top Model category is among the major competitions in Miss World. Last year, Megan was the first Filipina to win this fast track event. This year, two candidates are banking on their catwalk skills in hopes of gracing the Miss World runway.

4Christine Balaguer (#12) made heads turn when she introduced herself in sign language during the press presentation. Her hearing impairment didn’t hinder her from making a name in the modeling industry. She works for Elites Model Management and is a member of RCP Sea Dragons Paddler dragon boat team. She is also into swimming and soccer.

5Meanwhile, 21-year-old Ruffa Nava (#18) was included in Cosmopolitan Magazine’s eight sexiest models list in the country last Novermber. Early this year, she joined Miss Makati 2014 where she placed in the Top 10 and won Miss Photogenic.
Who among these girls will earn the right to represent the Philippines in the Miss World finals in December? We’ll find out on October 12.

Full version of this story was first published in Rappler.

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