In general the Miss World Philippines results went very much as most people expected, especially with the ladies who ended up at the top. Needless to say, I got three of the four titleholders correct. But what is less predictable was was those who ranked below the big favorites. I’m pleased to say I got 12 of the Top 16 correct, but getting six of the Top 10 and three of the six-person winners’ circle means there is room for me to improve.
Two ladies who made the cut who are outside of my radar were Candidates 21 (Annalita Vizcarra) and 31 (Cleopatra Jones). I’m not that baffled at their inclusion as they are actually worthy enough to belong here. I think it’s just that Annalita’s looks weren’t my cup of tea in the initial photos I saw but she made a great impression onstage, while Cleopatra may have edged out other favorites as she probably nailed her interview better than the other ladies and her inclusion is a statement for diversity, not because of her heritage, but also because of her curvier frame.
I only placed Candidate 11 (Pearl Hung) in my “Bubbling Under” list, but she’s a revelation in the evening gown round as her baby blue gown was a major standout, and clinched the deal in the Top Ten interview round and hence this is why she became part of teh winners’ circle.
Though I included them in my forecast, I should’ve rated two ladies who ended up in the winners’ circle higher–Candidates 35 (Kimilei Mugford) and 39 (Chanel Morales). I should’ve realized Chanel has a showbiz background and the organization (and judges) do tend to favor pretty faces even with slightly voluptuous figures. In the case of Kimilei, I was assessing a bit based on looks, but she delivered on the intelligence, almost like Sophia Señoron before her, so her earning the Miss Multinational Philippines title is apt.
Now, let’s spare a little thought for Candidate 9 (Arienne Calingo). Though she made the Top 16, considering she finished 1st runner-up previously makes this showing a relative disappointment, and it’s likely this is her final hurrah for this pageant as this pageant’s age requeirements are lower than in Bb. PIlpiinas. But at lesat she made the cut considering she didn’t figure in any of the challenge events, including Charity and Multimedia.
Even if all the big favorites were justly rewarded, I’ll still award the Ruth Ocumarez Award to two ladies: Candidates 25 (Crystal Freeman) and 28 (Abbyjun Dizon). They probably missed the final cut by very little and basically I’m giving this award jointly as I thought they would’ve made the Top 10 (especially based on challenge event performances) but somehow the judges felt others were stronger.
I’m definitely pleased with Katarina Rodriguez‘s win and hope she can improve significantly over Laura Lehmann‘s showing. Many have noted that her nickname is similar to the nickname of her Miss Universe counterpart, Catriona Gray and how they were previously titleholders in the opposing franchise. With a “Cat” for Miss Universe and a “Kat” for Miss World, some fans are now promoting the hashtag #TeamMeow. I’m definitely all for that and wish Katarina the very best.