Leren Mae Bautista; Janela Joy Cuaton win Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015 titles

Candidates from Laguna and Doha, Qatar won the top prizes at the conclusion of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015 held August 2 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila.

Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International 2015 Leren Mae Bautista (Laguna) and Mutya ng Pilipinas -Tourism International 2015 Janela Joy Cuaton (Doha, Qatar)

Leren Mae Bautista was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International. The Laguna beauty will represent the country in the Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International in Kuala Lumpur in December.

Janela Joy Cuaton from the Filipino community in Doha, Qatar was named Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International. She will head on to compete in Miss Tourism International pageant to be held in Vietnam later this year.

The two ladies also took home most of the special awards. Bautista won the coveted Best in Swimsuit and Best in Long Gown titles, while Cuaton was awarded Best in Festival Costume, Miss Friendship, and Miss Photogenic.

Nina Josie Robertson from Australia was hailed Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Communities, while Cagayan de Oro’s Julee Ann Marie Bourgoin and Nueva Ecija’s Brenna Cassandra Gamboa finished first and second runners-up, respectively.

The Top 10 was dominated by representatives from overseas Filipino communities. Completing the roster of finalists were Aislinn Anne Sebastian (Southern California), Kerlyn Horn (Northern California), Shannon Rebecca Bridgman (Melbourne), Jessie May Delprete (Arizona) and Jessica Rose McEwen (Central Luzon).

Article was first published in Missosology.Org
Photos by Bong Tan of Missosology

Filipino beauty queens shine in minor pageants

After the country’s victory in Miss Earth, runner-up finish in Miss Intercontinental and semi-finals placement in Miss Supranational and Miss World pageants, Philippine representatives in other minor pageants also showcased what Pinay beauty queens are made of.

Miss Heritage
Odessa Mae Tadaya
was crowned Miss Heritage 2014 last December 20 in Johanesburg, South Africa. First princess was Anna La Borde of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines while Botswana’s Katlego Gaotsenelelwe finished second princess.


The pageant, formerly known as Miss Heritage World, aims to initiate “positive change in the world through the use of world heritage”.

Miss Global
Catherine Almirante finished second runner-up in the Miss Global 2014 pageant last December 20 on board Crown Princess Cruise from Los Angeles to Mexico. The crown went to Ela Mino of Canada. Almirante also bagged the Best in Long Gown, Best in International Costume and Miss Fashion special awards.


The other runners-up were Australia’s Elise Duncan (first runner-up), Kazakhstan’s Aizhan Lighg (third runner-up) and Sri Lanka’s Benazir Thaha (fourth runner-up).

Miss Southeast Asian
Precious Nicolle Diloy finished first runner-up to Vietnam’s Thu Vu in Miss Southeast Asian 2014 held in Thailand.Praethara Charoenkullachoy of the host country is second runner-up.


For seven days, the candidates took part in challenge events which included an evening wear and national costume competition, a speech contest and Cultural Showcase.

Miss Tourism
Miss Tourism Philippines 2014 Cindy Madumma did not make it to as a semifinalist, but she did not go home empty-handed. She was awarded Best Evening Gown at the Miss Tourism 2014 World Final held December 10 in Venezuela.


Cebu, Cordilleras clinch top honors in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014


Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 winners
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 winners

Cebu City’s Eva Psychee Patalinjug and Cordilleras’ Glenifer Perido emerged as front-runners after winning the Best in Swimsuit and Best in Long Gown awards during the pre-pageant held days ago. And until the end, these two beauties proved they are the major forces to reckon with in the competition.

The Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 coronation night concluded with Patalinjug winning the Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific crown, while Perido was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International.

This marks the third consecutive year that a Cebuana placed in the Top 2 of the competition. Rizzini Gomez and Angeli Gomez both won the Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism title in 2012 and 2013 respectively. They also won the Miss Tourism International crown during their respective participating years. Perido faces a daunting task of keeping the streak going for the Philippines in the Malaysian-based international pageant.

Other winners were Patrizia Bosco of Milan, who was named Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Communities, while Olongapo City’s Cristel Racel and Australia’s Kim Fyfe finished first and second runners-up. Check out the rest of the top 10 here.

Photograph: Mutya ng Pilipinas Facebook page, Rappler

Welcome home, Miss Tourism International 2013/14 Angeli Dione Gomez!

Miss Tourism International 2013/14 Angeli Dione Gomez. Photo from Ginger Conejero’s Twitter account

Angeli Dione Gomez, who won the Miss Tourism International 2013/14 crown on New Year’s Eve in Malaysia is finally back in the Philippines. She bested 59 beauties from all over the world to score a back-to-back victory for the Philippines in the 17-year-old beauty contest.

The Cebuana beauty arrived at the NAIA Terminal 4 this afternoon via Air Asia Zest. “She was fetched by a waiting van and brought to the terminal’s VIP room for a brief chat with the press,” reports InterAksyon.com

A homecoming press conference is to start any minute from now. Expect her to make rounds on national TV in the days to come.

Last year’s winner, Rizzini Alexis Gomez of the Philippines, also hails from Cebu.

Welcome home and congratulations, Angeli!


The Philippines’ DEFINING MOMENTS in 2013 Pageants

SCENES of disaster were associated with the Philippines in 2013 as the nation experienced a big earthquake and a deadly super typhoon. The victories of Filipinos in the international arena provided the silver lining during these trying times. As we hope for a better New Year, here’s a countdown to six of the Philippines’ glorious moments in 2013 beauty pageants.

The Philippines had a successful year in 2012 pageants with placements in all of the Big Four pageants. But Rizzini Alexis Gomez capped what was then thought as a “glorious” year by winning the 2012/2013 Miss Tourism International title on the eve of 2013. Who would have thought that last-minute win was a sign of things to come for a historic year for the Philippines in the beauty pageant scene? The Philippines has been winning pageants left and right the whole year. What a better way to end the banner year for the country than to win another crown? Angeli Dione Gomez, another Cebuana, scored a back-to-back win for the Philippines in Miss Tourism International, held on New Year’s Eve.

The Philippine beauty pageant season kicked off early this year with Bb Pilipinas Gold, which marks the 50th year of the most prestigious pageant in the country. I was blessed to have witnessed this momentous event in person. It was a magical night, needless to say, nostalgic after seeing some 70 past title-holders in walk on the red carpet one by one all glammed up and their top form. The production is undoubtedly one of the best staging of Bb Pilipinas in recent history. And what a better way to cap the celebration was to crown what pageant observers deemed as “one of the strongest set of Bb Pilipinas winners in years”.

Male pageants has always been a waterloo for the Philippines, but this changed in 2012 when model June Macasaet won Manhunt International and athlete and once-controversial celebrity Andrew Wolf finished second in Mr World. Their wins gave a boost to the male pageant industry in the Philippines, with the launch of Mister International Philippines and a more rigorous search for the next Manhunt Philippines. The Philippines road to male pageant glory didn’t stop there, as former cager Gil Wagas finished fourth runner-up in Mr International 2013 held in Indonesia. Some would say it was his towering height, good physique and winsome smile that gave him an advantage over the rest, but in one of his interviews after the pageant, Wagas said his secret weapon was his “faith in God”.

The country didn’t run out of placements this year. Aside from the semifinals placements of Cindy Miranda (Top 10) and Angelee delos Reyes (Top 8 ) in Miss Tourism Queen International and Miss Earth pageants, respectively, the country also scored three third runners-up finishes.

Ariella Arida had big shoes to fill following the Philippines’ three consecutive placements in the top five and Janine Tugonon’s first runner-up finish in Miss Universe the previous year. She was bashed to death, many thought she can’t keep the momentum going. But she shut them naysayers when she made it to the Top 16 via fan votes and easily breezed through the competition, finishing third runner-up.

Annalie Forbes, Bb Pilipinas 2012 second runner-up, also finished third runner-up in the inaugural Miss Grand International in Bangkok, Thailand. Proving that the Philippines is a force majeure in beauty pageants, Forbes made it in the Top 10 of the National Costume and Top 20 of the Swimsuit competition held prior to the finals slated on November 19. Koreen Medina, who won the top plum in Mutya ng Pilipinas, followed with another third runner-up finish at Miss Intercontinental, held in Germany. It was the highest the Philippines has ever achieved in the pageant since 1995, when Maria Sovietskaya Bacud finished second runner-up.

The best way to set the stage for the Philippines record-breaking feat this year is with a crown! Mutya Johanna Datul indeed took Belarus by storm after winning the Miss Supranational crown early September. She is the first Filipina to win in the pageant. She had a rough start: she missed her connecting flight to Moscow on her way to Belarus, she had those breakouts and lousy styling. Despite that her winsome smile and positive aura shone through, as affirmed by her Miss Personality award. But many didn’t lose hope. “She’s very genuine on stage, you can see it. Her innate charm just radiates, and you can tell she’s being true to herself,” said Bb Pilipinas runner-up Pia Wurtzbach in an Inquirer report. Indeed, showing the real her was the key to winning the crown. Recounting her closed-door interview with the judges, she said: “I first introduced myself in Russian, and then I said ‘I will go straight (to the point). I want to become Miss Supranational because this is my ultimate dream. I want to become an ambassador, a good example and an inspiration to many’.”

For Bea Rose Santiago, keeping the faith helped her win the Miss International crown. “Miss Japan told me, ‘You’re funny. Every time you go up and leave the stage, you pray.’ I told her that is my source of power,” she was quited as saying in an Inquirer report. “Even the Latina—they are all Catholics—I gathered them all and we formed a prayer circle. I speak English so I pray aloud. Prayer is a lot powerful if you do it together.” Santiago is no stranger to pageants. She was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities in 2012 and went on to place in Miss Tourism Queen International of the Year. This experience surely helped her ace Bb Pilipinas and Miss International. Aside from that, Santiago was glowing on stage and her sincere and heartfelt speech surely sealed the deal for her.

The supreme moment for the Philippines in 2013 pageants is Megan Young’s victory in Miss World. What was once a dream for Filipino pageant fans to see the actress-TV host compete in a major international pageant finally came true. Despite having only two weeks to prepare, Megan was ready for battle and was well-received by pageant enthusiasts around the globe. Different pageant sites named her as one of the girls to beat. Pageant guru Ines Ligron even tagged her as “one of the best Miss Philippines ever”. True enough, her performance proved she is the best delegate the country has ever sent in Miss World. She aced the Top Model challenge. She was fifth in Beach Fashion and was fourth in Multimedia. She also ranked second in the official Miss World poll. No wonder she topped the overall leaderboards, making her one of the Top 10 finalists during the finale. When asked why she should be Miss World, Young said “I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do. I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other … as one, we can help society.” The rest, as they say, is history. The Philippines bagged the elusive Miss World crown. But what really gave (and still gives the chills) was when Megan Young spoke in her native tongue , teary-eyed, when asked what she feels as the new Miss World: “Salamat sa mga kababayan ko. Mahal na mahal ko kayo.” One would feel the victory wasn’t only Megan’s; it was a victory for the Philippines. PageantFocus

This article first appeared on Missosology.

Philippines scores back-to-back win in Miss Tourism International

Angeli Dione Gomez of the Philippines, newly crowned Miss Tourism International. Photo from Inquirer.Net
Angeli Dione Gomez of the Philippines, newly crowned Miss Tourism International. Photo from Inquirer.net

The Philippines ended a successful year in the pageant scene with another international crown, as Angeli Dionne Gomez was crowned 2013/2014 Miss Tourism International on New Year’s Eve. This marks a back-to-back victory for the Philippines in the 17-year-old beauty contest.

The 20-year-old Cebuana beauty bested 59 beauties from all over the world to become a “travelling ambassador in promoting informal international relations between countries to spread the message of peace, goodwill and friendship”. Last year’s winner, Rizzini Alexis Gomez of the Philippines, also hails from Cebu.

Completing the winners circle were:
First runner-up (Miss Tourism Queen of the Year): Sunidporn Srisuwan of Thailand
Second runner-up (Miss Metropolitan): Sarah Czarnuch of Australia
Third runner-up (Miss Tourism Global International): Michelle Alexis Torres of Dominican Republic
Fourth runner-up (Miss Tourisn Cosmopolitan International) Thaarah Ganesan of Malaysia

The Top 10 finalists were:
Vietnam, Phan Hoang Thu
Bosnia & Herzegovina, Aleksandra Kovacevic
Ukraine, Oleksandra Timonina
Portugal, Sara Monica Matias da Silveira
Zimbabwe, Dananai Ratiozo Chipunza

Watch the crowning moment here:

Beauty Pageant 101: The other beauty pageants

This article was first published on Rappler.

Himangini Singh Yadu of India (Miss Asia Pacific World 2012), Daniela Chalbaud of Venezuela (Miss Intercontinental 2012), Ekaterina Buraya of Belarus (Miss Supranational 2012), Rizzini Alexis Gomez of the Philippines (Miss Tourism International 2012), and Kantapat Peeradachainarin of Thailand (Miss Tourism Queen International 2011)
Himangini Singh Yadu of India (Miss Asia Pacific World 2012), Daniela Chalbaud of Venezuela (Miss Intercontinental 2012), Ekaterina Buraya of Belarus (Miss Supranational 2012), Rizzini Alexis Gomez of the Philippines (Miss Tourism International 2012), and Kantapat Peeradachainarin of Thailand (Miss Tourism Queen International 2011)

THERE are the premier beauty pageants — Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth — and there are those that are newer, younger, even considered to be smaller.

These “smaller” pageants nonetheless celebrate beauty and unity among nations. They may be less popular, but they also matter.

Miss Tourism International: The New Year’s Eve pageant

Miss Tourism International was inaugurated in 1994 in Malaysia in a bid to promote the country’s tourism industry. The pageant is organized by D’ Touch International Sdn Bhd.

The reigning queen is Cebuana beauty Rizzini Alexis Gomez of the Philippines.

Who’s wearing the Philippine sash? Eyeing a back-to-back feat for the country with this year’s pageant is another Cebuana: Angeli Dione Gomez. The recently-crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism is a film graduate from Toledo, Cebu. She also joined this year’s Bb Pilipinas pageant.

Angeli Dione Gomez
Angeli Dione Gomez

Angeli was also named Reyna ng Aliwan 2012 and Miss Resorts World Manila 2012 4th runner-up.

Hall of Fame The Philippines has won the Miss Tourism International crown twice: first in 2000 with Maria Esperanza Manzano, and second in 2012 with Gomez.

Follow updates here: http://www.misstourisminternational.com/home/

Miss Tourism Queen International: Enhancing tourism development

Run by Singapore-based Exclusive Resources Marketing Pte Ltd, Miss Tourism Queen International (TQI) aims to enhance tourism development, friendship and international culture exchange among participating nations. The TQI Organization held its first world final competition in Sri Lanka in 1993. The pageant has been held in China since 2004.

In 2012, the pageant was set for December 11 to 29 in China but was cancelled for undisclosed reasons. There is no word yet on when and where this year’s pageant will take place.

The reigning queen is Kantapat Peeradachainarin of Thailand who won the title in 2011.

Who’s wearing the Philippine sash? Joanna Cindy Miranda gave up her hosting stint at TV5’s “Wil Time, Big Time” to chase her dream of becoming a beauty queen. Her sacrifice paid off, as she was crowned Bb Pilipinas-Tourism last April. With her doll-like beauty and healthy figure, this 23-year-old Tourism cum laude graduate won’t have a hard time getting noticed in any international pageant.

Joanna CIndy Miranda
Joanna CIndy Miranda

“Even though I didn’t win Bb. Pilipinas-Universe, the pressure is still very high. Pinays are known in the pageant industry and the people’s expectations of the Philippines are really high,” she said in an interview with the Varsitarian, UST’s official publication.

Hall of Fame Justine Gabionza won the Philippines’s Miss TQI crown in 2006.

Follow updates here: http://www.misstqi.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissTourismQueen

Miss Asia Pacific World: Super talent endeavor

Run by Elite Asia Pacific Word Group, Miss Asia Pacific World is a beauty pageant, talent competition and supermodel search rolled into one. The contest, which started in 2011, works toward making its winner “a global star.”

Winners of this infant pageant spend months in Korea for talent management training. The reigning queen is Himangini Singh Yadu of India. The 2013 pageant will take place in Seoul, South Korea on October 30.

Who’s wearing the Philippine sash? Mary Joy Siazon, 21, from Northern Luzon will represent the country. Standing 5 feet 8 inches, Mary Joy represented the Philippines in Miss Yacht Model International in 2012.

Mary Joy Siazon
Mary Joy Siazon

Hall of Fame Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 1 winner Grendel Alvarado made it to the top 15 in 2012 and was named Best in Evening Gown.

Follow updates here: http://www.missasiapacificworldsupertalent.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMissAsiaPacificWorldSuperTalent

Miss Intercontinental: Glorious beauty of diversity

An annual contest run by the Panama-based World Beauty Organization, Miss Intercontinental began as a local teen pageant in 1971 to promote tourism in Aruba. It is dubbed “the UN of glamour and beauty.”

Daniela Chalbaud of Venezuela will crown her successor in Cairo, Egypt in November.

Who’s wearing the Philippine sash? The Philippines has yet to win its first Miss Intercontinental crown. Up for the challenge is 18-year-old Koreen Medina, who was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International last July 26. Her win did not come as a surprise since she had won various sponsor awards prior to the finals.

Koreen Medina
Koreen Medina

Koreen joined “Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2” and was named grand winner of the Coca-Cola Music Talent Search Finals in 2011. She was also the grand winner of “My Girl,” the beauty pageant segment of the defunct ABS-CBN show, “Happy Yipee Yehey.”

Hall of Fame The highest placement the country has ever achieved is Maria Sovietskaya Bacud’s 2nd runner-up finish in 1995.

Follow updates here: http://www.missintercontinental.com/history/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/worldbeautyorganization

Miss Supranational: Uniting the world through beauty

Miss Supranational is a 5-year-old pageant run by the World Beauty Association. True to its name, the pageant aims to transcend borders by uniting the world through beauty. This year’s pageant will be held on September 6 in Minsk, Belarus, the home country of the reigning queen, Ekaterina Buraya.

Voting for Miss Supranational Internet started on Friday, August 9. The winner will automatically get a spot in the Top 20. Visit this page for more details: http://www.misssupranational.com/VotingPage.html

Who’s wearing the Philippine sash? At the Bb Pilipinas 2013 coronation night, Mutya Johanna Datul sashayed with grace and elegance in her glittering long gown, en route to bagging the Best in Evening Gown prize. From that moment, she was destined to win the crown, until she answered her final question.

Mutya Johanna Datul
Mutya Johanna Datul

This was expected, though, because she had been vilified online for weeks prior to the finals for her English-speaking skills. Nevertheless, her dream to become a beauty queen still came true: she was named Bb Pilipinas-Supranational. It was the right decision to send her to Miss Supranational since there is no Q and A segment there.

In one of her interviews, Mutya said she is working on improving her communication skills and that she is determined to bring home the crown. This girl is among the top favorites by pageant fans to win the crown, alongside Brazil’s Racquel Benetti and Puerto Rico’s Desiree del Rio.

Other Pinays in the pageant Mutya, for sure, won’t have a hard time adjusting in Belarus as she will be joined by two more Filipinas in the pageant.

Marie Molo Peter and Suzette Hernandez, both Bb Pilipinas alumni, will be representing Norway and Canada respectively in this year’s Miss Supranational pageant.

Marie placed 2nd runner-up in this year’s Miss Norway Universe pageant. This 22-year-old competed in Bb Pilipinas 2012 and in Miss Humanity International in Barbados. Today, she is among Miss Universe Norway Organization’s show walk instructors in the training courses for fresh candidates.

Vancouver-based Suzette is no stranger to pageants. She was first runner-up in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010, a Bb Pilipinas 2011 candidate and Miss Universe Canada (MUC) 2012 Top 12 finalist. Aside from that, this 26-year-old is an experienced ramp model and an avid traveler. In her profile page for MUC, Suzette says she “believes that anything is possible through hard work, perseverance and determination.”

Hall of Fame The Philippines’ highest placement so far was Elaine Kay Moll’s 3rd runner-up finish in 2012.

Follow updates here: http://www.misssupranational.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissSupranational