Though the representative to the “Big Four” international beauty pageant Miss World was once decided by winners in the Binibining Pilipinas competition, the franchise has struck out on its own since 2011 with “Miss World Philippines,” of which eight editions have already been held. As the new system gradually found its footing in sending Philippine representatives to Miss World, its total number of contestants swelled from an initial 25 to a maximum of 40 as of the 2018 pageant. The same figure is applied to this year’s Miss World Philippines, with the latest pool of contestants being notable for coming from such varied personal backgrounds.
According to The Philippine Star, among the 40 candidates for the 2019 Miss World Philippines pageant, there are some top board-passers, returnees from previous MWP contests, pageant veterans from Binibining Pilipinas, and a wide variety of celebrities from girl group member to a former child actress. The most notable entry would have to be GMA Artist Center talent Isabelle de Leon, who was at the latest part of the Kapuso fantasy drama “Dragon Lady” which concluded July. But she would probably be remembered best as her child character Duday from the Vic Sotto-starring GMA sitcom “Daddy Di Do Du” (2001-07); she’s all grown up indeed.
Joining Isabelle on this pageant tilt, also from GMA Artist Center, is former GirlTrends (from ABS-CBN’s “It’s Showtime”) member Kelley Day, one-time girlfriend of Iñigo Pascual. There is also Michelle Dee of proud beauty queen lineage and pedigree. Her mother is Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez after all, and her cousin Winwyn Marquez was Reina Hispanoamericana 2017. Then there are the various top-notch board passer candidates such as Sharielle Yanson (2017 Nursing Board Exam) and Cebu Doctor’s University grad Louise Tan Theunis (2018 Pharmaceutical Board Exam). For coolness points, Theunis also happens to be half-Belgian.
Half-foreign Filipinas have become recent favorites to represent the country in international beauty pageants, so Albie Casiño’s Filipino-American girlfriend Michelle Arceo is banking on both that and the fact that she is a pageant veteran herself, with her Miss BodyCon 2019 title. Other contestants who have prior pageant experience in their record are Bb. Pilipinas contestants Ilene De Vera, Ruffa Nava, Sammie Anne Legaspi and Kayesha Chua, who was a contemporary of current Miss Universe Catriona Gray herself. Coming back from previous MWP attempts are Michelle Thorlund and Glyssa Perez.
Aside for the Miss World representation, Miss World Philippines will also field candidates for Reina Hispanoamericana, Miss Eco International and Miss Multinational from its winners. The 2019 pageant will have its coronation night on September 15 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
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