Miss World 2016: Fearless forecast

It’s the time of the year again when ladies from around the world gather for the biggest and the oldest beauty pageant: Miss World.

This year, 117 contestants are competing for the right to wear the coveted blue crown and be adjudged the most beautiful in the world and the face of the “Beauty With A Purpose” (BWAP) campaign. Now that all fast track events are done, it is time to finally pick who should win the crown.

The front-runners
If the fast track events are an indication, then Miss Philippines Catriona Gray has the highest probability of bringing home the bacon.  This 23-year-old model and singer started her journey on a high note with a Talent round placement, where she eventually placed second overall. She was among the most active and dedicated on social media so her Multimedia challenge win did not come as a surprise.

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Aside from that, Catriona is also among the five finalists of the all-important BWAP. Her project focuses on the lack of education for the children in Tondo, Manila. She partnered with NGO called Young Focus to purchase and renovate a three-story building that will become a new pre-school center.

Aside from her philanthropy, Catriona is a well-spoken lady. Her gift of gab and social media influence could help the pageant to further its causes. Like Megan Young, the Philippines’ first Miss World winner, Catriona is a complete package. She has the beauty, the brains and the heart for charity. Overall, Catriona definitely embodies Miss World’s ethos of “Beauty With A Purpose”.

Now, who are the threats for the Philippines’ second Miss World crown?

02.pngHungary’s Tímea Gelencsér is likely to carry the banner for Europe. Her good performance in Sports and Talent rounds are proof that this 22-year-old acrobatics champion could pull off an upset come finals night. Hungary has never won

03.pngAnother crown contender is former Miss Universe candidate Yaritza Reyes of the Dominican Republic. Many have noticed that she toned down her fierceness to fit the Miss World mold. But you just can’t take the stage diva out of her. She finished 3rd in the Top Model competition and is a finalist in the Sports challenge. This Caribbean island last won in 1982 and Yaritza has all the qualities to end the drought.

04.pngAfter last year’s first princess finish, the world’s largest nation sent another stunner. Russia’s Yana Dobrovolskaya is one of the prettiest in the batch. This 19-year-old professional ballroom dancer is a European champion in 2015. Her experience was enough to bring give her a placement in the Miss World talent round. With her inimitable charm and beauty, it won’t be a surprise if she wins it all tonight.

05.pngRounding up the Top 5 is Africa’s best bet this year, is Kenya’s Evelyn Thungu. She seemed to be ignored at first but is has now solidified her status after her Top 5 placements in the Top Model competition and the BWAP. Evelyn tackles female genital mutilation in her project.

Potential spoilers
06.pngIndonesia’s Natasha Mannuela made it to the Top 5 of both the Top Model and BWAP competitions. Indonesia has placed in Miss World since 2011 and this year would be no different. And with rumors of the country hosting the pageant again next year, it won’t come as a shock if Natasha places very high tonight.

07.pngUnited States’s Audra Mari was well-loved during her Miss USA 2014 stint where she ended up as 1st runner-up. But to be honest, she is just under the radar in Miss World. But home-court advantage will work for her advantage, add to that she could definitely nail the Q&A if she makes it.

08.pngOne of the most popular candidates is Mongolia’s Bayartsetseg Altangerel. In fact she topped the public voting on Mobstar to win the Talent challenge. She is definitely one step ahead of the rest as she will be performing her quick change and magic act during the finals night. Compared to her Miss Earth stint last year, Bela is looking better than ever and the crown if definitely within reach.

09.pngPuerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle is also one to watch out for. Her svelte figure and stunning face are among her advantages. She made an impact with her Talent round placement and is among the well-dressed candidates.This 19-year-old law and communications student is definitely the best from the island since 2011.

10.pngCompleting the Top 10 is Ukraine’s Oleksandra Kucherenko. This 19-year-old student works as a model and ballroom coach. Her dancing prowess earned her a spot in the Talent round. But aside from that, her unassuming beauty is just shining throughout the competition.

Honorable mentions
Any of the following girls could also pull off surprises tonight: Australia‘s Madeline Cowe, South Africa‘s Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, India‘s Priyadarshini Chatterjee, France‘s Morgane Edvige, Venezuela‘s Diana Croce, Ireland‘s Niamh Kennedy, China PR‘s Jing Kong (Toop Model winner), Slovakia‘s Kristína Činčurová, Cook Islands‘ Natalia Short (Sports winner) and Nepal‘s Asmi Shrestha.

Here’s the final prediction ranking:

1 Philippines – Catriona Gray
2 Hungary – Tímea Gelencsér
3 Dominican Republic – Yaritza Reyes
4 Russia – Yana Dobrovolskaya
5 Kenya – Evelyn Thungu

6 Indonesia – Natasha Mannuela
7 United States – Audra Mari
8 Mongolia – Bayartsetseg Altangerel
9 Puerto Rico – Stephanie Del Valle
10 Ukraine – Oleksandra Kucherenko

11 Australia – Madeline Cowe
12 South Africa – Ntandoyenkosi Kunene
13 India – Priyadarshini Chatterjee
14 France – Morgane Edvige
15 Venezuela – Diana Croce
16 Ireland – Niamh Kennedy
17 China PR – Jing Kong
18 Slovakia – Kristína Činčurová
19 Cook Islands – Natalia Short
20 Nepal – Asmi Shrestha Haraya

Catriona Gray is Miss World Philippines 2016

As expected and predicted, Catriona Gray bagged the Miss World Philippines 2016 title on Sunday at the Manila Hotel.

The 22-year-old Filipino-Australian model from Albay will represent the country at the prestigious Miss World pageant, to be held in December in Washington DC, USA.

 

Catriona also bagged Miss Manila Hotel, Miss Hannah, Best in Fashion Runway, Best in Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown and Best in Fashion Runway.

Asked why she should win, Gray said: “To be a Miss World is to be passed a torch that burns with passion and purpose. If I am to become MIss World Philippines, I will dedicate my voice and essence to carry that torch and to set charitable causes alight, such as my personal advocacy, the Paraiso Bright Beginnings Project. And I would focus on passing on this torch to empower others because I believe together there is no darkness in this world that our light cannot overcome.”

Her court included Arienne Calingo (1st princess), Ivanna Pacis (2nd princess), Marah Muñoz (3rd princess) and Sandra Lemonon (4th princess). Photos by Bong Tan of Missosology.org

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Miss World Philippines 2016: Meet the candidates

The 25 candidates of Miss World Philippines 2016 were officially presented to the press on Monday, September 5 at the Sampaguita Gardens in Quezon City.

Miss World Philippines director and CG Global Quest Inc head Cory Quirino and Miss World Philippines 2015 Hillarie Parungao were present at the event.

VIVA and CQGQ Inc recently forged a partnership to organize and produce Miss World Philippines. Quirino reassured the countless supporters of Miss World Philippines that the beauty pageant will be managed with as much dedication and passion as it was in the last five years- if not more.

Miss World Philippines will stage its traditional Gala Charity Event dubbed “Beauty in Giving” on September 20 at the Enderun Tent with Enderun as co-presentor and Tuloy Street Children Village Foundation and PGH Medical Foundation as beneficiaries.

The pageant night is scheduled for September 25 at the Manila Hotel and will be aired in GMA.

Check out the 25 official candidates below. Photos by Phildiz Photo Gallery, Inc.

1 Maria Paula Prose, 23, Cagayan
1 Maria Paula Prose, 23, Cagayan
2 Shenna Zaldivar, 19, Dapitan City
2 Shenna Zaldivar, 19, Dapitan City
3 Rosette Tayam, 21, Zambales
3 Rosette Tayam, 21, Zambales
4 Alyana Cagandahan, 23, Laguna
4 Alyana Cagandahan, 23, Laguna
5 Arienne Calingua, 24, Pampanga
5 Arienne Calingua, 24, Pampanga
6 Casey Austria, 25, Bicol
6 Casey Austria, 25, Bicol
7 Sarah Joson, 23, Manila
7 Sarah Joson, 23, Manila
8 Sandra Lemonon, 21, Pasig City
8 Sandra Lemonon, 21, Pasig City
9 Jan Helen Villanueva, 24, Bulacan
9 Jan Helen Villanueva, 24, Bulacan
10 Kristine Lopez, 22, Bulacan
10 Kristine Lopez, 22, Bulacan
11 Shaina Sazon, 18, Makati City
11 Shaina Sazon, 18, Makati City
12 Arah Salientes, 20, San Fernando, Pampanga
12 Arah Salientes, 20, San Fernando, Pampanga
13 Catriona Gray, 22, Albay
13 Catriona Gray, 22, Albay
14 Madeleine Magdaleno Uy, 18, Nueva Ecija
14 Madeleine Magdaleno Uy, 18, Nueva Ecija
15 Charlene Fontanilla, 19, Mandaluyong City
15 Charlene Fontanilla, 19, Mandaluyong City
16 Roshiel Asingua, 21, Cebu City
16 Roshiel Asingua, 21, Cebu City
17 Irina Cortez, 21, Makati City
17 Irina Cortez, 21, Makati City
18 Ivanna Pacis, 20, Makati City
18 Ivanna Pacis, 20, Makati City
19 Vinnie Camille Quiangco, 23, Roxas City
19 Vinnie Camille Quiangco, 23, Roxas City
20 Quenie Lorenzo, 18, Bulacan
20 Quenie Lorenzo, 18, Bulacan
21 Marah Munoz, 23, Paranaque City
21 Marah Munoz, 23, Paranaque City
22 Jane Pactoranan, 21, Antipolo City
22 Jane Pactoranan, 21, Antipolo City
23 Ralph Lauren Asuncion, 25, Batangas City
23 Ralph Lauren Asuncion, 25, Batangas City
24 Yara Caunca, 19, Las Pinas City
24 Yara Caunca, 19, Las Pinas City
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25 Ivy Enriquez, 21, Bataan (Photo by FabManilaPH)

Miss World 2015 | Fearless Predictions

Miss World will crown its new queen tonight in Sanya, China. Out of more than 110 beauties from across the globe, only one will inherit the title from South Africa’s Rolene Strauss. Who will she be? Here’s my final predictions:

Miss World 2015: AUSTRALIA
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2: POLAND
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3: PHILIPPINES
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4: LEBANON
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5: IRELAND
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6: VENEZUELA
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7: SOUTH AFRICA
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8: BRAZIL
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9: SPAIN
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10: GUYANA
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11: CHINA PR
12: RUSSIA
13: VIETNAM
14: NAMIBIA
15: ECUADOR
16: INDIA
17: SAMOA
18: MEXICO
19: NEW ZEALAND
20: PARAGUAY
21: COLOMBIA
22: CAMEROON
23: JAMAICA
24: ENGLAND
25: SAMOA

Miss World Philippines 2015: Fearless predictions

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The Philippines has been very successful in the Miss World pageant since Cory Quirino took over the franchise in 2011. In just four years, the country already got its first Miss World crown via Megan Young, a runner-up (Gwendoline Ruais), a semifinalist (Queenierich Rehman) and a quarterfinalist (Valerie Weigmann).

Who among this year’s candidates will wear the Philippines sash in Sanya, China for the Miss World 2015 finals in December? Here are my final predictions:

1 Hillarie Parungao

2 Emma Tiglao

3 Avonlea Paraiso

4 Mia Howell

5 Jeddahliz Maltezo

6 Cassandra Naidas

7 Jessica McEwen

8 Vianca Marcelo

9 Christelle Abelo

10 Janelle Tee

11 Grapes Pacara

12 Casey Austria

Miss World Philippines 2015 Mindanao Search: Finals set for Aug 9

The search is on for Miss World Philippines 2015 and the road to the crown has begun in Mindanao.

Thirteen ladies from different cities, municipalities and provinces in the southern part of the country will battle it out tonight, August 9, for the Miss World Philippines Mindanao Search 2015. The grand winner and her four runners-up will head on to compete in the national finals of Miss World Philippines.

Reigning Miss World Philippines Valerie Weigmann and  MWP national director Cory Quirino will sit as judges in tonight’s competition.

Check out the 13 candidates below:

Four days to go! Vote for Valerie Weigmann for Miss World 2014 People’s Choice

Only four days left before the first Filipina Miss World Megan Young crowns her successor. Hopes are high that a back-to-back will happen on December 14 and Miss Philippines Valerie Weigmann is determined to bring that crown home.

So far, Valerie’s only challenge event placement is in the Top 10 of Beauty With A Purpose. The results of the Beach Fashion and Multimedia fast tracks are yet to be announced, although pageant observers believe Valerie is a top contender for the latter. As of this writing, her Facebook page has 331,527 likes.

Aside from liking and commenting on her FB page, we can also extend our support to Miss Philippines by voting for her for the Miss World 2014 People’s Choice Award, which could give the winner a ticket to the final round of the pageant.

To do so, follow these steps:

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1) Download the Miss World app on iTunes or Google Play Store.

2) Launch the app. Scroll down to find the “Your Top 3” section and click “Browse candidates”.

3) On the search bar, type the name of the country. Click on the candidate’s profile on the results below.

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4) On the candidate’s profile page, click “Add to Top 3”. Do the same for two other candidates you want to include in the Top 3.

5) Soon as you complete your Top 3, click “Vote Now”. You will be redirected to a page to confirm that you have voted for your favorites.

You will get a bonus set of three votes if you choose to subscribe to the app, which means Valerie will get two votes from you!

Voting will close before the Miss World 2014 final show.

The good, the bad and the beautiful: Miss World Philippines 2014 post-pageant review

Valerie Weigmann was expected to win the Miss World Philippines 2014 crown the moment she appeared during the screenings. But the 24-year-old TV host and professional model did not rely on her popularity for the shot at the crown: she made sure she will make it based on her own merits.

hk2gEoCThe good
The Filipino-German beauty exuded sexiness and elegance throughout the finals night. But what is commendable is that despite being the perceived “favorite”, Weigmann appeared humble and genuine even after getting the lion’s share of special awards.

She was channeling Oxana Fedorova (dethroned Miss Universe 2002) during the evening gown competition with her straight black hair, flowy empire cut gown and side poses. She has the right amount of sweetness and regal bearing that made her win Best in Long Gown. Prior to that she also bagged the Best in Swimsuit award as well as the Best in Fashion Runway which automatically placed her in the Top 13.

The night was already hers, and it seemed that the rest of the candidates were just competing for the runner-up positions. But what sealed the deal for Weigmann was her well-composed answer when asked why she should win the title: “I try to live my life in relation to others, by putting myself into other people’s shoes. I believe in the importance of empathy and compassion because I see if all of us can come together and work as one we can all be advocates of change. And I want to inspire and encourage everyone to take up a personal advocacy such as my own…because I believe it is truly in giving that makes us beautiful.”

BrpplfEFinishing as first princess was Lorraine Kendrickson (#1) who was also one of the favorites prior to the competition proper. She gave solid performances in both swimsuit and evening gown. She was also named Miss Sports.

The most pleasant surprise of the night was Nelda Ibe (#20), who finished 2nd princess. The curly hair parted to one side and her good runway skills worked to her advantage. But her shining moment was when she was named Miss Photogenic, earning her a spot in the semifinals.

Nicole Donesa (#14) finishing 3rd princess and Rachel Louise Peters as 4th princess were some of the night’s upsets.

Donesa, a GMA contract artist, did well during the question-and-answer portion, but her overall performance was lackluster. Gazini Christiana Ganados (#5) and Ina Dominica Guerrero (#12) were far more deserving to be in the Top 5 based on overall packaging and performance.

Peters was expected to deliver well during the finals and she sure did a good job. She was breezing through the competition, until the Q&A. In the middle of her speech, she choked and then giggled. She kissed the crown goodbye during that moment.

FNQ84ENCompleting the Top 13 were Gazini Christiana Ganados (#5), Alexa Kirby (#3), Kristine Angeli Estoque (#6), Chrisitne Balaguer (#12) Ina Dominica Guerrero (#16), Kimberly Anne Sarreal (#13), Priscilla Kimberley dela Cruz (#4) and Kimberly Pajares (#17).

Sarreal’s performance was forgettable but she was fast-tracked to the Top 13 after being named Miss Sun Cellular.

The bad
How a special award from a telecom sponsor merited an automatic semifinals placement instead of the Miss Sports and Best in Talent (won by candidate #21 Jean Marie Feliciano) awards is baffling. In Miss World, winners of the sports and talent challenge events are fast-tracked to the Top 20.

Too many special awards were given during the finals night and this ate a lot of airtime. These should have just been awarded during gala night and just save the major special awards for the finals.

UCUT3tLHosts Mikael Daez and Janine Gutierrez did okay as first-time pageant hosts. Gwendoline Ruais as expected delivered well, considering she already hosted the online episodes for Miss World in Bali last year. Tim Yap, who even mispronounced Valerie’s surname twice (first at the backstage interview and second during the closing spiel), was irrelevant.

Having the Yagit child star carry the sash during the crowning was also unnecessary. Why was she in the pageant night that ended way past her bed time? It seemed like a desperate attempt for GMA to promote their show and artist.

Despite these, the production improved overall. The stage wasn’t that big but it was utilized well. The show appeared more glossy on TV, too.

The beautiful
Perhaps the best moment was the opening number. After a VTR showing her journey, Young walked on stage looking immaculate in that Leo Almodal creation. Her spiel surely gave anyone watching the show goosebumps: “I have the honor to stand before you tonight as the first Filipina Miss World.”

The new Miss World Philippines faces great challenge to score a back-to-back win for the country or at least keep the placement streak going in Miss World.

GUORXX0Weigmann’s trainers have already polished her, but she needs to undergo rigid training keep her good figure, improve her communication skills as well as to find the perfect look that will suit the standards of the international pageant. Most importantly, she must prepare her Beauty With a Purpose material as it is one of Miss World’s main considerations in choosing a winner.

The pressure will be there as she has only a month to prepare before she leaves for London to compete. But with the drive to succeed plus the best pageant fans to support her, it will surely be a beautiful journey.

This article was first published on Rappler
Photos: Missosology’s Bong Tan and Rappler

Valerie Weigmann is Miss World Philippines 2014

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Reigning Miss World Megan Young crowns Valerie Weigmann

As predicted, candidate #19 Valerie Weigmann was crowned Miss World Philippines 2014, besting 25 other girls to earn the right to represent the country in the Miss World pageant be held in London in December.

Asked during the final question round why she should win Miss World, the 24-year-old Filipino-German TV host and model said:  “I try to live my life in relation to others, by putting myself into other people’s shoes. I believe in the importance of empathy and compassion because I see if all of us can come together and work as one we can all be advocates of change. And I want to inspire and encourage everyone to take up a personal advocacy such as my own…because I believe it is truly in giving that makes us beautiful.”

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The top 5

Lorraine Kendrickson (#1) finished first princess while Nelda Ibe (#20) was second princess. Nicole Donesa (#14) and Rachel Louise Peters (#7) were third and fourth princesses, repectively.

Completing the Top 13 were: #16 Ina Dominica E. Guerrero, 12. Christine R. Balaguer, #6 Kristine Angeli Q. Estoque, #3 Alexa R. Kirby, #4 Priscilla Kimberley Dela Cruz, #13 Kimberly Anne T. Sarreal, #17 Kimberly L. Pajares, and #5 Gazini Christiana J. Ganados.

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The Top 13

Weigmann got the lion’s share of special awards, including Best in Swimwear, Best in Long Gown and Best in Fashion Runway. Ibe was named Miss Photogenic while Kendrickson won Miss Sports.

Photos: Missosology