The usual practice in international beauty pageants is that the candidates representing the participating countries are the winners of national-level pageant competitions. Not all nations could do that annually, but they tend to be exceptions. Sometimes however, a national candidate has to be fielded for a pageant quickly. This was the case when Miss Grand International 2020 pushed through its competition despite the pandemic that year; Binibining Pilipinas 2019 2nd Runner-Up Samantha Bernardo was sent (1st Runner-Up Maria Abesamis assumed Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019 after the winning titleholder resigned). This year, the early staging of Miss Supranational 2021 has forced local franchise-holder Miss World Philippines to appoint a representative.

The Philippine Star reports that Miss World Philippines has appointed one of its 45 candidates for the 2021 edition of the pageant to act as Miss Supranational Philippines 2021, as the coronation night of August 8 falls well behind the pre-pageant activities of Miss Supranational 2021 beginning in August 3. The 45 entrants were put to poll for one of their own, and with added votes from MWP organizers, candidate #22, Dindi Pajares of Onari, Bataan was crowned Miss Supranational Philippines in a simple ceremony at Quezon City’s Red Hotel this past Monday, July 26.

Pajares, one of three MWP 2021 candidates from Bataan province, was considered in final selection alongside fellow entrants Kathleen Pakton of Aklan, Boholana Ruffa Nava, and Cebuana Megan Deen Campbell from Lapu-Lapu City. The 28-year-old might thank the IATF-re-imposed heightened GCQ restrictions that bumped the Miss World Philippines pageant night from its original date of July 25, as it spurred the vote that gave her the country’s representation for the pageant to be held in Poland. In her coronation speech the strikingly beautiful Philippine Army reservist gushed, “Thank you to my co-candidates. Thank you for making my dreams come true.”

The Miss World Philippines 2021 pageant night will be held at the Okada Manila on August 8, to be broadcast by GMA7 starting 10:15 PM that evening. Pay-per-view live-streaming options are also available at Globe Upstream, iFlix, and WeTV. The Polish-organized Miss Supranational pageant will be held in Nowy Sacz, Poland this August 21, with GMA7 also airing it.

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