Miss World Philippines 2021: What crowns are at stake?

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: 

Miss World Philippines

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.

Miss Supranational Philippines 

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.

Bataan's Dindi Pajares was appointed as Miss Supranational Philippines 2021 by the Miss World Philippines organization. She finished as part of the Top 12 in the international pageant held in Poland in August.

Miss Eco Philippines

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 current Miss Eco Philippines is Kelley Day, who won in 2019 and went on to place first runner-up in the international pageant. Thia Tomalla brought the Miss Eco International crown to the Philippines in 2018. Kelley Day came close with a first runner-up finish in April. 

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.

Miss Eco Teen Philippines

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 Miss Eco Teen Philippines crown has had quite the history with Filipina candidates. In 2019, it was awarded to Vanessa Mae Walters, who was later dethroned and replaced by Mary Daena Zaide Resurrecion. Mary went on to compete in the international pageant in 2019, ending with a Top 5 placement.

In November 2020, the Miss World Philippines organization selected Roberta Tamondong to represent the country in the international pageant. She went on to become the competition’s second-ever winner, bringing home the Philippines’ first Miss Eco Teen International crown.

Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas

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.

Winwyn Marquez became the first Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas in 2017, and she would go on to win the international crown that same year. The title is currently held by Maria Katrina Llegado who finished as fifth runner-up in the international pageant.

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.

Miss Multinational Philippines

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.

Miss Philippines Tourism

Glyssa Perez became the first Miss Philippines Tourism in 2019 after the title was created in partnership with the Department of Tourism. The title isn’t yet assigned to an international pageant, though this may change in the future. Winners are meant to promote tourism in the country.

Miss Environment International Philippines 2021

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

Amanda T. Lago

After avoiding long-term jobs in favor of travelling the world, Amanda finally learned to commit when she joined Rappler in July 2017. As a lifestyle and entertainment reporter, she writes about music, culture, and the occasional showbiz drama. She also hosts Rappler Live Jam, where she sometimes tries her best not to fan-girl on camera.

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