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.




CANDIDATE 31 – Cleopatra Jones.  She is described as morena but I’ve noticed there are other contestants who are darker complexioned than her.  And it’s not certain if her “dark” skin is due to an African-American heritage or her Filipina heritage.  Nevertheless, it looks like her name was inspired by a 1970s blaxpoitation movie and lead character that bears her name.  The highlight of her stint is being shortlisted in Sports.  W – 8, RH – 7.5, EI – 7.5, M – 7.5.

CANDIDATE 32 – Kylah Sanchez..  She made the shortlist in Beach Beauty, so based on looks she may have an inside track for the finals.  Much remains to be seen if she can impress the judges in interview to secure a semifinalist slot.  W – 8, RH – 8, EI – 8, M – 8.5.

CANDIDATE 33 – Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez.  Just like the reigning Reina Hispanoamericana Wynwyn Marquez, this lady has showbiz/celebrity pedigree, being the daughter of famous basketball player (and occasional actor) Bong Alvarez and Almira Muhlach, sister of famous actor Aga Muhlach of the illustrious Muhlach showbiz clan.  Her parents’ genes obviously are reflected on her pretty ingenue featuers.  She is already a recognized professional singer/actress under the name Yssa Alvarez so she has a heads-up in Talent, and that professional sheen is very much showcased as she performed a medley of song from The Greatest Showman, namely, “Never Enough, “This Is Me“, and “A Million Dreams“.  Even if her performance isn’t 100% pitch perfect, it still remains the most impactful performance that it’s a cinch she’ll win the Talent challenge.  She also figured in both Beach Beauty, tying with fellow front-runner Katarina Rodriguez for the most challenge event placements thus far.  Though many pageant fans and pundits are clamoring for a Katarina win, I’ve observed Yssa’s demeanor on a few videos and I observed that she also exudes a girlish ingenue demeanor with a hint of spunk, and I realize this type of personality is the sort that the Miss World Organization tends to favor. Since not only the reigning Miss World is present but also her predecessor, Stephanie del Valle, I have a feeling if Stephanie is invited to become one of the judges, she will latch on to this lady and will most likely lobby to hand the plum title to her over Katarina.  To be honest, I’m rooting for a Katarina win, but it’s starting to dawn on me that this lady could pull off an upset.  W – 10, RH – 9, EI – 10, M – 10.

Parents Bong Alvarez and Almira Muhlach (image courtesy of Pep.PH)

CANDIDATE 34 – Denielle Joie Magno.  She made the cut at Top Model and her dusky complexion and pretty features seem to give her an inside track to the finals.  I also found it interesting she also seems to have a darker complexion than Cleopatra Jones.  W – 9, RH – 9, EI – 9, M – 9.

CANDIDATE 35 – Kimilei Mugford.  Here’s another candidate who grew up overseas, this time in Canada.  Like Rose Marie Murphy, she made the cut in the “homely” challenge events of Sports and Talent.   She sange Adele‘s “One and Only“–it’s a decent performance, but two other singers have more impact. Though many pageant fans and pundits may think others are prettier, her Canadian background may giver her an edge in interview so she may be able to impress the jduges enough to make the final cut.  @ – 8.5, RH – 7.5, EI – 8, M – 8.5.

CANDIDATE 36 – Crissia del Atienza.  She’s good-looking with a buffed, shapely figure, but so far her highlight was a Sports shortlist.  Does she have what it takes to impress the judges and make the final cut?  W – 8.5, RH – 8.5, EI – 8.5, M – 9.

CANDIDATE 37 – Gianna Llanes.  She’s actually attractive enough, but not making any impact.  W – 7.5, RH – 7, EI – 7.5, M – 7.5.

CANDIDATE 38 – Katrina Acaylar.  Her fire-engine red evening gown during gala night may have helped her clinch the deal to make the shortlist in Top Model.  She is a semifinals possibility.  W – 8.5, RH – 8.5, EI – 8.5, M – 8.5.

CANDIDATE 39 – Chanel Morales.  Her Lolita-like prettiness that makes her seem younger than her 22 years of age is most likely key for her to make the shortlist in Beach Beauty.  That prettiness might be her ticket to have an inside track to the semifinals and perhaps beyond.  W – 9, RH – 8, EI – 8.5, M – 9.

CANDIDATE 40 – Tamara Caballero.  Her features are not conventionally pretty but there are some pockets of society who might find her appealing.  In general, a solid contender.  W – 7.5, RH – 7, EI – 7, M – 7.5.

With all 40 candidates accounted for, here’s my “Fearful” Forecast of the final outcome:

TITLEHOLDERS:  9 (Arienne C.), 16 (Maureen M.), 27 (Katarina R.), 33 (Alyssa A.).

RUNNERS-UP:  14 (Monique T.), 34 (Danielle Joie M.)

TOP 10:  10 (Pauline C.), 23 (Marianne M.), 25 (Crystal F.), 28 (Abbyjun D.),

TOP 15:  5 (Kim D.G.), , 18 (Kathryn Jade C.), 32 (Kylah S.), 35 (Kimlei M.), 39 (Chanel M.)

BUBBLING UNDER:  6 (Marie Danica R.), 7 (Angeline S.), 8 (Pauline D.), 11 (Pearl) H., 13 (Michelle O.),  19 (Jerelleen R.), 20 (Angelica E.), 22 (Elaiza A.), 36 (Crissia D.A.), 38 (Katrina A.)

It looks like it will be a tight tossup among three ladies for the plum title of Miss WOrld Philippines:  two experienced beauty queens, Maureen Montagne and Katarina Rodriguez, then a showbiz wildcard with Yssa Alvarez.  It looks like a tight, exciting battle ahead.  Good luck to all the ladies!





Sports challenge finalists

CANDIDATE 21 – Annalita Vizcarra.  She has some very flattering exotic angles, but there are others that are not as flattering.  As a result, she has not made an impact in any challenge event.  W – 7.5, RH – 6.5, EI – 7.5, M – 7.5.

CANDIDATE 22 – Elaiza Alzona.  She’s a worthwhile candidate with an interesting background–she is a devout Catholic but her parents are Muslim.  She is good looking with a shapely, trim figure, but it still is unknown if she can make significant impact in interview.  She could either be a sleeper contender or another Holly Carpenter award candidate.  W – 8.5, RH – 8, EI – 8.5, M – 8.5.

CANDIDATE 23 – Marianne Marquez.  Based on her shwoings in Sports and Top Model, she seems to be on-track to be a shoo-in for the finals, and maybe even go as far as the winners’ circle.  She has a relevant human interest story about how she once struggled with bulimia, which is one of the pitfalls in her chosen profession, modeling.  Let’s see how effective she can translate that background into an advocacy.  W – 8.5, RH – 9, EI – 9, M – 9.

CANDIDATE 24 – Eiffel Rosalita.  Don’t let her slender frame fool you–she has a reputation for being a “tough girl” who is currently a military reservist.  If enough judges like her Asian frame and features, she could make the final cut.  W – 8, RH – 7, EI – 8, M – 8.5.

CANDIDATE 25 – Crystal Freedman.  She’s shortlisted in Talent and performed a hip-hop dance to “Finesse“.  She delivered a solid performance but there are four or five others who made stronger impact.  She’s another lady who was raised in the US, so she would have an edge in communication skills.  MW – 8.5, RH – 8, EI – 8.5, M – 9.

CANDIDATE 26 – Joemay-an Leo.  She is noted for her Igorot heritage and it makes for an appealing package.  Considering she has not figured in any of the challenge events, would those looks be enough to make an impact and make the final cut?  W – 8, RH – 7.5, EI – 7.5, M – 8.

CANDIDATE 27 – Katarina Rodriguez.  For many pageant fans and pundits (including myself), she’s the favorite to clinch the plum title of Miss World Philippines.  She’s already a proven commodity as she competed at Miss Intercontinental in Egypt earlier this year and almost won (for many fans and pundits, they believed she was robbed of a win), on top of earlier being among the final three during the second season of Asia’s Next Top Model four years earlier.  She doesn’t seem to let up here, as she figured in three challenge events:  Sports, Beach Beauty and Top Model.  However, securing the win is far from assured–yes, she can be an excellent fit, but there is someone who I discovered is exhibiting a demeanor that the Miss World Organization tends to prefer.  More on her possible usurper later…  Anyway, it will also be a juicy scenario if she ended up with the Eco-International title:  besides the challenge of garnering a back-to-back win, the pageant is likely going to be hehld again in Egypt, the same country as her Miss Intercontinental stint.  W – 9.5, RH – 10, EI – 10, M – 10.

CANDIDATE 28 – Abbyjun Dizor.  She may not have figured in any challenge event, but I’m loving the way this lady looks–she reminds me of Kylie Verzosa in her nascent phase prior to blossoming into Miss International 2016.  She may not have figured in any challenge event, but based on her looks I’m bullish about her making the cut–if she fails to make it, she’s my frontrunner for the Holly Carpenter award.  W- 8.5, RH – 8.5, EI – 8.5, M – 9.

CANDIDATE 29 – Mary Jeanne Boniao.  Her features are not conventionally pretty, but they do have their appeal, as it is reminiscent of some of our celebrities like Toni Gonzaga

Toni Gonzaga (photo sourced from Twitter)

CANDIDATE 30 – Rose Marie Murphy.  She made the shortlist in the “homely” challenge events of Sprots and Talent.  For her talent performance she performed a native Balanghay dance typically performed by the Manobo tribes in the Agusan provinces.  It’s an impactful, colorful dance, but she had a few wobbles that ultimately will cost her the talent win.  W – 7.5, RH – 7, EI – 7.5, M – 8.