Most contestants have to take a leave of absence from their day jobs to focus on their beauty pageant journey. Here are some girls who are willing to temporarily exchange their corporate attires into swimsuits for a chance to represent the country in Miss World.
Licensed real estate broker Kimberley Anne Sarreal (#13) was a Top 10 finalist in Binibining Olongapo 2010. Jahziel Pernia (#26) works as an operations assistant for a construction firm. She is a business operations management graduate from De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. Carina Jennah Aguilar (#24) is a finalist in Miss Cavite 2014. Off the pageant stage, she works as a customer service representative.
Grace Ann Bautista (#10), Kimberly Pajares (#17) and Abegail Galisim (#22) are all licensed nurses. Grace Ann is a former analyst and claims processor and recently competed in Miss Quezon City pageant. Balanga, Bataan native Kimberly was second runner-up in Miss Casino Filipino 2012 while Abegail was a finalist in Miss FTV Philippines in 2006.
Prior to joining MWP, these girls were once named their campuses’ prettiest girls.
Moriel Olea (#11), is a psychology graduate from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. This 24-year-old account officer from Tanauan, Batangas was crowned Miss PUP 2007. Parañaque City ‘s bet Theresa Regli (#15) is finishing her tourism degree in Southville International School And Colleges. She was Miss Southville Global Education Network 2013. Rachelle Emmylou Carandang (#8), the youngest contestant in the batch at 17, is a customs administration student in Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas.
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.
Photographs: Missosology and the candidates’ FB pages
Full version of this story was first published in Rappler.