IN PHOTOS: PH bet Elizabeth Clenci at the Miss Grand International 2017 preliminaries

CLASSY CLENCI. Elizabeth Clenci wears an evening gown by designer Benj Leguiab during the Miss Grand International 2017 preliminaries.

Photo from Miss Grand International Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Before the much-awaited coronation night, the Miss Grand International pageant held the preliminaries at the Vinepearl Resort and Villas in Phu Quoc, Vietnam on Monday, October 23.

Miss Grand International 2017 1st runner-up Nicole Cordoves of the Philippines hosted the event together with Miss Grand International 2014 Lees Garcia, as the 77 ladies from around the world walked onstage, giving a glimpse of what to expect on October 25.

 

Elizabeth Durado Clenci, the Philippines' representative, showed what she had to be part of the competition. For the preliminaries, she wore a gown by designer Benj Leguiab.

 

 

Pakak!!! Yng iba hirap na hirap maglakad sa stage, si Classy Clenci very confident at alam na alam talagang laruin ang camera classyclenci #elizabethclenci #misssgrandinternational #mgi2017 A post shared by Elizabeth Clenci (fanpage) (@classyclenci) on Oct 23, 2017 at 7:07am PDT

 

Benj himself confirmed the report on his social media account.

So ayun na nga, Yes confirmed kona, Gown ko nga po ang sinuot ng pambato natin sa #Missgrandinternational2017 Elizabeth wearing #BenjLeguiabIV gown for her Pangmalakasang score for Miss Grand International Preliminary 2017 , , , #TeamakF #ToGodBeTheGlory Team Philippines Worldwide Team Philippines Missosology Philippines Miss Philippines' Road to the Miss Universe Crown Missosology Philippine Pageant News Philippine Pageants Pageant Buzz Pageants Fanatic Pageanthology 101 The Pageant Planet Pageant - Pageanatics #Missuniverse #ElizabethclenciGown A post shared by benj leguiab IV مصمم أزياء (@benjleguiab_iv) on Oct 23, 2017 at 7:47am PDT

She later joined the ladies for the swimsuit portion.

On Sunday, October 22, Liz said that she made it to the Top 10 for the Best in Swimsuit category.

"Beautiful day everyone!! Top 10 in swimsuit, you guys are amazing, thank you. I also want to thank you all SO much for the kind words and love on my birthday. It truly added to an amazing day. Second of all, I know I haven't been as active the past couple of days... I've been working very hard since the final show is just around the corner... let me tell you it is going to be AMAZING. [Miss Grand International] knows how to put on an incredible show and I'm so excited to be part of it," she said.

She also thanked those who greeted for her birthday.

Beautiful day everyone!! Top 10 in swimsuit, you guys are amazing, thank you. I also want to thank you all SO much for the kind words and love on my birthday. It truly added to an amazing day. Second of all, I know I haven't been as active the past couple of days... I've been working very hard since the final show is just around the corner... let me tell you it is going to be AMAZING. @missgrandinternational knows how to put on an incredible show and I'm so excited to be part of it  I will be going live at some point today just to thank everyone for the love on my birthday, and to give an even bigger thank you for the support!! So much love guys. Remember, positivity and love always... each and every one of us has the power to make the world a better place  #missgrandinternational2017 #missphilippines #MGI A post shared by Elizabeth Clenci (@mselizabethclenci) on Oct 21, 2017 at 5:25pm PDT

 

Elizabeth aims to become the first Filipina to win the title currently held by Indonesia's  Ariska Pertiwi. – Rappler.com

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