Did you know that before Gwendoline Ruais and Queneerich Rehman made it to the Miss World stage, they were Bb Pilipinas semi-finalists? Like them, these candidates crossed over from another national pageant in hopes of winning a crown.
One of the most experienced candidates is 22-year-old Ina Dominica Guerrero, who represented Daraga, Albay in Miss Philippines Earth 2012. She was a Top 10 finalist in Miss Bicolandia 2014. Tourism graduate Priscilla Kimberley dela Cruz (#4) represented Olongapo in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012, while Nelda Ibe (#20) was Tarlac’s bet in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2013. Both failed to make the cut in their respective competitions. Also coming from a major beauty pageant is Nicole Donesa (#14) who was unplaced in Bb Pilipinas 2013.
Coming from minor national pageants are Jean Marie Feliciano (#21) and Frances Ruth Constantino (#23). Jean Marie is a licensed nurse and was adjudged Best in Swimsuit during the Miss Grand Philippines 2014 pageant. Frances, meanwhile, was Queen of Malabon in the Queen of the Philippines 2014 pageant won by deaf-mute student Princess Alanis Pura.
Local pageant veterans
Aside from girls from other major pageants, we also never run out of veterans from the grassroots level. Experience surely made these girls more than prepared to battle it out at the national level.
Perhaps the most experienced is hospitality management graduate Ranielah Marie Oval (#9). After finishing 3rd runner-up in Mutya ng Palawan 2010, she went on to compete in Miss Casino Filipino 2011 and Miss Bikini Philippines 2013. She also placed 1st runner-up in Miss Puerto Princesa 2013.
Also from the same province is 18-year-old Cyra Guilalas (#2). She was Mutya ng Palawan 2014 2nd runner-up representing Magsaysay. Biology major Kristine Angeli Estoque (#6) was second runner-up in Mutya ng Dabaw 2013. She also won Best in Talent after playing the kulintang.
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.