Due to so many personal factors I was unable to watch the proceedings of Miss World Philippines 2017 live. However, as much as I could I do keep track of their activities online and made sure I got to watch the delayed broadcast on TV, and needless to say, the pomp and splendor were great to behold–more on that on my full-fledged review most likely to be posted in the next couple of weeks.
I got 9 of the Top 15 correct and three of the four title holders. Not bad, though I know others had better batting averages, but I have the consolation of having four others in my bubbling under list. But then again, with a batch like this, I know there would be others out there who given the chance to rise to the occasion, would usurp the front-runners out there.
The two ladies who I totally missed turned out to indeed deliver strongly when it counted. Candidate 28 (Sheila Marie Reyes) turned out to sparkle brightly when it counted, and she went as far as the Top 10. I though Top 10 is as far as Candidate 35 (Sophia Senoron) would get, but befitting her name, her beyond-her-17-years-of-age wisdom and that San-Beda-Debate-Team-honed gift of gab helped her achieve the seemingly impossible and with a couple of other strong gabby gals, yanked Candidate 26 (Janela Joy Cuaton) out of a supposed lock for one of the four titles (and even a spot on the royal court) and Sophia ended up with the Miss Multinational title honors.
I have a couple of sentimental faves who failed to make the cut–indeed this pageant is loaded with high quality ladies and perhaps these ladies just missed it by very little. Both of them were standouts in the Talent event, and I thought they have great looks, but well, with this high caliber of ladies, those were the breaks sometimes. They are runners-up for this pageant’s Ruth Ocumarez award and they are Candidates 1 (Shawntel Cruz) and 5 (Kaycie Lyn Fajardo).
But my choice of winner for the Ruth Ocumarez award made a strong initial impression in the challenge events, making the shortlist in Talent and Beach Beauty. However, she seemed to have lost her luster afterwards, and that probably made her miss the final cut in the end–the winner is Candidate 31 (Jeanyfer Ozbot).
It looks like the interview rounds are held at a high premium in this contest, and in that context, the final results are fully justified. Even if there was a shocking upset, I’m more than happy with the current set of winners, especially Winwyn Marquez getting her vindication by garnering the Reina Hispanoamerica title, Anne Curtis-Hathaway, er, I mean, Cynthia Thomalla rewarded with the Miss Eco Philippines title (and other numerous prize because of her sheer gorgeousness), and most especially Laura Lehmann garnering the plum prize of Miss World Philippines. A well-earned congratulations to all the ladies and congratulations to the Miss World Philippines Organization under Arnold Vegafria and Mark Bessie Besana for a sterling event. Wishing for more success in the years to come.
All images courtesy of Edmund Chua for OPMB Worldwide unless otherwise indicated.