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!