After bringing their beauty queen best in pre-pageant activities, the 45 candidates of Miss World Philippines 2021 are gearing up for the pageant’s coronation night, set for Sunday, October 3.
Out of the crop of competitiors, only a handful of women will go home with a crown, a title, and a chance to represent the country on the international pageant circuit.
The Miss World Philippines organization holds the franchise for eight international pageants – the most out of any major local pageant.
These are the titles at stake:
Currently held by Michelle Dee who was crowned in 2019, Miss World Philippines is arguably the biggest title up for grabs on coronation night. Whoever wins will be competing in Miss World 2021 – the 70th edition of the pageant – to be held in Puerto Rico in December.
Miss World is among the “Big Four” pageants. Created in the United Kingdom, it is the oldest-running international beauty pageant, currently headed by Julia Morley. The reigning queen is Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh, and past titleholders include Indian actresses Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai.
The Philippines currently has only one Miss World crown, won by Megan Young in 2013. The country has come close a few times: Catriona Gray's Top 5 placement in 2016 (she would, of course, go on to win a more coveted international title – Miss Universe), Gwendoline Ruais' 1st runner-up finish in 2011, Ruffa Gutierrez's 2nd runner-up title in 1993, and Evangeline Pascual's 1st runner-up win in 1973.
In July 2020, Miss World Philippines acquired the Miss Supranational franchise, previously held by Binibining Pilipinas.
Miss Supranational was launched in 2009 in Poland, which has hosted the pageant many times. The current Miss Supranational titleholder is Anntonia Porsild of Thailand, who was crowned in 2019.
The Philippines brought home the Miss Supranational crown in 2013, through Mutya Datul.
The winner of this title will go on to compete in Miss Eco International, an Egypt-based pageant that places special focus on environmental awareness and eco-tourism.
The reigning Miss Eco International is Gizzelle Uys of South Africa. The next edition of the pageant will be held in Egypt in March 2022.
As the title suggests, only candidates aged 19 years old and below qualify for this crown. The winner goes on to represent the country in Miss Eco Teen International, the relatively new sister pageant of Miss Eco International, which held its first edition in 2019.
The Bolivia-based pageant started in 1991 as Reina Sudamericana. It is meant to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture, and only includes competitors from countries with historical ties to Spain.
The current Reina Hispanoamericana titleholder is Mexico’s Regina Paredo, who was crowned in February 2020. The next pageant will be held in Bolivia in October.
Isabelle de Leon currently holds the title of Miss Multinational Philippines, after being crowned in 2019, though she has yet to compete internationally due to the pageant being postponed several times.
India-based Miss Multinational is a relatively new pageant. Its inaugural edition, held in February 2018, was won by Philippines’ Sophia Senoron, making her the first-ever Miss Multinational. The reigning queen is USA’s Daniela Nieto.
This is another new crown under Miss World Philippines pageant. The winner of the title will compete in the first edition of Miss Environment International, which will be held in Mumbai, India in March 2022. – Rappler.com
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