MISS WORLD PHILIPPINES 2019: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (CONCLUSION)

CANDIDATE NO. 31 – Sheila Marie Reyes.  She figured in two fast-track shortlists:  Beach Beauty and Talent with her ballet/contemporary performance to a romantic OPM ballad (paired with a male dancer).  She and Isabelle are the ones fighting for the Talent fast-track win. But even if she didn’t win the Talent fast-track, she can still make the Top 16 based on her merits, like her strong communication skills. W – 8; RH – 7.5; EI – 8; M – 8.5.

CANDIDATE NO. 32 – Jena Masero.  Like Hanna, she’s not conventionally pretty but she has strong communication skills, especially since she’s raised in the US and both are making a play to clinch the Teen Eco-Tourism title.  W – 7; RH – 6; EI – 7; M – 8; TE – 8.

CANDIDATE NO. 33 – Justiene Ortega.  I don’t find her conventionally pretty but she got a Top Model shortlist and she’s a good communicator.  She could by a Top 16 possibility.  W – 7.5; RH – 7; EI – 7.5; M – 8.

CANDIDATE NO. 34 – Sammie Legaspi.  She is a pretty looker, and she made the Talent shortlist as she performed a Latin dance (with a handsome male partner) to the Shawn Mendes-Camila Cabello hit duet, “Señorita“.  She’s a solid interview, but I don’t know if she made a strong enough impression ot make the cut.  W – 7.5; RH – 7.5; EI – 7.5; M – 8.

CANDIDATE NO. 35 – Louise Theunis.  Her headshot is one of the best, as most of the time she registers as gawky or awkward.  She is a strong interview, though, so she might still have a chance to make it based on interview.  W – 8; RH – 7; EI – 8; M – 8.

 

CANDIDATE NO. 36 – Ednalyn Gunio.  I find her native features appealing.  She’s a solid communicator, too, but I don’t know if she made a strong enough impact to make the Top 16.  W – 8; RH – 7; EI – 8; M – 8.

CANDIDATE NO. 37 – Casie Banks.  She has one of the prettiest faces in this batch, only overshadowed by Kelley Day.    She made the shortlists in Beach Beauty and Multimedia, so she has an inside track to the Top 16.  W – 9; RH – 8; EI – 9; M – 9

CANDIDATE NO. 38 – Aura Shaznay Tumulak.  She’s only 20 years old, and yes, her short hair gives her a hip vibe, but there is something about her features that made her looks register that she is twice her age.  For me she evokes the vibe of a bubbly office employee who could be your best friend and sidekick.  She does exude a lot of personality so on top of being shortlisted in Multimedia, she could score high in interview.  W – 7; RH – 6; EI – 6.5; M – 8.

CANDIDATE NO. 39 – Erica Madlangsakay.  She got shortlisted in Talent with her bluesy singing ability, singing that old jazz chestnut “Feeling Good”.  Technically, she delivered a cleaner vocal performance over Isabelle and if the talent judges were a stickler for technicalities, she could make a play for the Talent fast-track iwn.  She’s also good looking and articulate, so she could be a Top 16 possibility.  W – 8; RH – 7.5; EI – 8; M – 8.

CANDIDATE NO. 40 – Shannon Kerver.  She’s a pretty face and a strong communicator, so even if she didn’t make any of the fast-track challenges, she can still have a chance of making the Top 16.  W – 8; RH – 8; EI – 8.5; M – 8.5.

Now that all 40 candidates are accounted for, let me now feature my “Fearful” Forecast, as follows:

TOP CONTENDERS:  4 (Glyssa P.), 20 (Ilene DV.), 21 (Michelle D.), 24 (Kelley D.), 26 (Michelle T.)

TEEN WINNER:  23 (Vanessa W.)

RUNNERS-UP: 11 (Kayesha C.), 37 (Casie B.)

SEMIFINALISTS:  1 (Isabelle DL), 8 (Kalea P.), 12 (Patrisha G.), 18 (Ruffa N.), 27 (Patrixia S.), 30 (Katrina L.), 31 (Sheila R.), 33 (Justiene O.)

BUBBLING UNDER:  5 (Julie Ann F.), 6 (Michelle A.),, 7 (Patricia T.), 9 (Tracey P.),  14 (Kimberly H.), 17 (Joanna M.), 29 (Asha G.), 34 (Sammie L.), 35 (Louise T.), 39 (Erica M.), 40 (Shannon K.)

INTERVIEW WILDCARDS:  10 (Jacqueline H.), 13 (Hanna C), 32 (Jena M.), 38 (Aura Shaznay).

The battle for the plum Miss World Philippines title could be summed up in this famous word:  “D-Day”.  In this case, it’s Dee vs Day.  Can Michelle’s fierce modeling skills and pedigree prevail over the luminous gorgeousness and superb gab of Kelley?  Let the showdoan commence, and good luck to all the ladies!

JUST ME!

JOSEPH

Who will win Miss World Philippines? L: michelle Dee; R: Kelley Day.

MISS WORLD PHILIPPINES 2019: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 3)

CANDIDATE NO. 21 – Michelle Dee.  Everyone’s eyes are on her to clinch the plum title, especially because of her pedigree–she’s the daughter of the legendary Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez.  She did inherit her mom’s model frame and strong modeling skills.  Her facility in English and interview skills proved to be very strong (albeit a tad subdued), which is a contrast to her mother’s legendary malapropisms.  She also figured in three fast-track shortlists–Sports, Beach Beauty, and Top Model.  It’s a lock she’ll win one of the titles–the question now is, which one?  Yes, she’s the favorite for the plum prize but there are a couple of pretty fair-skinned mestizas who are getting strong buzz for the title.  It’s also possible she can get the Reina Hispanoamericana title to join other showbiz progeny who garnered this title–including her cousin, Winwyn Marquez, who won that pageant two years ago.  W – 9.5; RH – 10; EI – 10; M – 10.

CANDIDATE NO. 22 – Gerlaine Silva.  She’s a pretty mestiza ingenue who is obviously a tad raw as shown by her shy demeanor.  With a bit more polish she could generate charisma and probably make more serious inroads in a future national pageant..  W – 7.5; RH – 7.5; EI – 7.5; M – 8.

CANDIDATE NO. 23 – Vanessa Walters.  She has these thick Ann Curtis lips that I find overpower her face sometimes.  She is notable for her Australian accent, and being 19 years old, she can make a play for the Miss Teen Eco-International title.  She made the shortlist in Beach Beauty and Multimedia.  Wonder if they’ll prize Hanna’s intelligence or this girl’s model looks and Aussie charm?  W – 8; RH – 7.5; EI – 8.5; M – 8.5; TE – 9.

CANDIDATE NO. 24 – Kelley Day.  She has one of the most gorgeous faces in this year’s competition.  She exudes a luminous presence with her dewy fair complexion–to the point that she gets compared to model/celebrity Kendall Jenner.  She also has this human interest story as she’s battling alopecia (yes, the hair loss disease) and she is making that her advocacy, and her communication skills are superb.  It looks like she and Michelle Dee are the closest rivals for the plum title, as both of them logged three fast-track shortlists–in her case, she made it in Sports, Beach Beauty and Multimedia.  W – 10; RH – 9.5; EI – 10; M – 10.

Kendall Jenner (image sourced from Cosmopolitan.com)

CANDIDATE NO. 25 – Rose Ignacio.  She’s one of the “native’ contenders in this pageant, and she’s generally solid, but it seems she’s not making much impact.  W – 7.5; RH – 6.5; EI – 7.5; M – 8.

 

CANDIDATE NO. 26 – Michelle Thorlund.  She reminds me of Lalaine Edson, our representative to Miss World 20 years ago.  There are people hyping that she could be the one to win the plum prize.  It’s still possible, especially since besides good looks she has strong interview skills (since she’s one of the Overseas representatives, it’s almost a given).  She made the shortlist in Top Model, and this fast=track is usually a good predictor in this pageant on who will fare well, so prospects of her gaining one of the titles is strong:  W – 9; RH – 8.5; EI – 9.5; M – 9.5

Lalaine Edson at Miss World 1999

CANDIDATE NO. 27 – Patrixia Santos.  I like her features, and she’s an intelligent communicator.  It’s very interesting how her name it’s spelled, as instead of a “c” it’s with an “x”.  She could be a sleeper choice for the Top 16.  W – 8.5; RH – 8; EI – 8.5; M – 8.5.

CANDIDATE NO. 28 – Mary Resurreccion.  She doesn’t have a “fun shoot” photo as she was felled with dengue.  We have to salute her for being a trooper when she was a late arrival to the Facebook Live interval as people wondered if she could or could not make it.  She opted to make it, even if she’s late.  She’s the youngest in this year’s batch, so she’s eligible for the Miss Teen Eco-International title, but I have a feeling three other ladies have an edge over her.  W – 7.5; RH – 6.5; EI – 7.5; M – 7.5; TE – 7.5.

CANDIDATE NO. 29 – Asha Gutierrrez.  She may not figure in any fast-track shortlist, but she has a spark about her that she can be a sleeper choice for the Top 16.  W – 8; RH – 7.5; EI – 8.5; M – 8.5.

CANDIDATE NO. 30 – Katrina Llegado.  She has the great looks that it’s not that surprising she’s shortlisted for Top Model.  She made a good enough impression in the Facebook Live interview that she can be a Top 16 possibility.  W – 8.5; RH – 8; EI – 8.5; M – 8.5

COMING UP:  CANDIDATE NO. 31 TO 40 plus the “FEARFUL” FORECAST

MISS WORLD PHILIPPINES 2019: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 2)

CANDIDATE NO. 11 – Kayesha Chua.  She made the shortlist in Top Model, but she is also a great communicator that she seems to be a Top 16 shoo-in and maybe even make a play for one of the titles.  W – 9, RH – 9, EI – 9.5, M – 9.5.

 

CANDIDATE NO. 12 – Patrisha Gutierrez.  She sang this inspirational charity ballad that made her make the shortlist in Talent–it was a gorgeous sight watching her in her ballgown singing her song but my quibble is that she didn’t quite make maximum impact with her singing.  She’s also a slim, pretty mestiza lass.  A Top 16 finish is a possibility.   W – 8; RH – 8; EI – 8.5; M – 8.5.

CANDIDATE NO. 13 – Hanna Therese Cruz.  To be blunt I find her face one of the plainest.  But she’s a great communicator, and being under 20 years old, she could make a play for the Miss Teen Eco-International title.  She reminds me of Miss Multinational 2017 winner Sophia Señoron so it makes one wonder if this girl could pull off a surprise the way Sophia did.  Well, let’s see how the two other teenaged contestants stack up.  W – 7; RH – 6; EI – 7; M – 8; TE – 8.

CANDIDATE NO. 14 – Kimberly “Billie” Hakenson.  She’s a slim, pretty mestiza who got a shortlist in Beach Beauty.  She’s also a solid communicator so she has an inside track to the Top 16.  W – 8; RH – 8; EI – 8; M – 8.5

CANDIDATE NO. 15 – Alyssa Reyes.  Her Filipina features are highly appealing.  She’s a solid communicator, even if some Filipino pageant fans might ding her for her diction.  But she articulates just fine, so even if she didn’t figure in any fast-track even, she remains a Top 16 possibility.  In the Facebook Live interview she revealed she survived dengue when she was a teen–interestingly this disease befell one of the contestants during the competition…  W – 8; RH – 8; EI – 8; M – 8.

 

CANDIDATE NO. 16 – Sharmane Galisanan.  There are people who can find her Asian features highly appealing but the issue is her communication skills are not as strong so that may hamper her chances making the Top 16.  W – 7.5; RH – 7.5; EI – 7.5; M – 7.5.

CANDIDATE NO. 17 – Joanna Mercado.  I like her features, but she has not figured in any fast-track event, and I have a feeling she’s not making that much of an impact in interview even if she’s a solid communicator.  Still, I hope there are those who like her looks enough to put her through the Top 16.  W – 8; RH – 8; EI – 8.5; M – 8.5.

CANDIDATE NO. 18 – Ruffa Nava.  She previously competed in this pageant five years ago but didn’t make the cut.  She was more successful in Binibining Pilipinas two years ago as she made the Top 25 then.  She could be more successful this time and may have a chance of making the cut this time.  It’s interesting that though she got to sing in the Facebook Live interview, she wasn’t shorlisted in Talent.  W – 8; RH – 7.5; EI – 8.5; M – 8.5.

CANDIDATE NO. 19 – Jeane Tumang.  Her features are also as “unconventional” as Hanna, as it veers towards “exotic”.  Her main advantage is that she’s the tallest in this year’s batch at 5’11”.  W – 7.5; RH – 6; EI – 7; M – 7.

CANDIDATE NO. 20 – Ilene de Vera.  I hope she gets vindication after being surprisingly shut out at this year’s Binibining Pilipinas, as she’s solid all throughout, even if she didn’t figure in any fast-track event.  W – 8; RH – 8; EI – 8.5; M – 8.5.

COMING UP:  CANDIDATES 21-30