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.
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
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