2.24.2019

Vietnam Wins Mister International 2018


 Francesco Piscitelli - Trinh Bao - Walk-in Kwan

Mister International Trinh Bao of Vietnam (center) is flanked by first runner-up Francesco Piscitelli of Venezuela (left) and second runner-up Walk-in Kwan of Hong Kong. (Photo by ARMIN P. ADINA / Contributor)

MANILA, Philippines — Trinh Bao of Vietnam was proclaimed 2018 Mister International in ceremonies staged at One Esplanade at the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City, Sunday night.

Bao bested 38 other aspirants for the title in the 13th edition of the global competition for “distinctly handsome” men from around the world.

Sunday’s competition is still technically the 2018 edition even if it was already held in 2019.

Prime Events Productions Philippines (PEPPS) Foundation head Carlo Morris Galang, head of the Philippine organizing committee, said unforeseen problems with the original host country caused the delay. The international organizers opted to bring the contest to the Philippines, instead.

The first time the Philippines hosted the Mister International contest was in 2015, where the first Filipino winner Neil Perez relinquished his title.

The 2018 delegates participated in activities that ran for more than one week, some of them even visiting the province of Ilocos Norte.

Joining in the winners’ circle were first runner-up Francesco Piscitelli of Venezuela and second runner-up Walk-in Kwan of Hong Kong.

The Philippines’ Mark Kevin Baloaloa finished in the Top 5 along with Czech Republic's Jiri Kmonicek


Source: The Inquirer, Philippines, February 24, 2019

2.13.2019

Hong Kong Wins Miss Global 2018



Miss Global 2018 winners
Miss Global Sophia Ng (center) is flanked by her runners-up (from left) Seydina Allen, Amber Bernachi, Tamila Khodjaeva, and Pamela Lee Urbina. (Photo by ARMIN P. ADINA / Contributor)


MANILA, Philippines — Sophia Ng, a psychological therapist from Hong Kong, bested 40 other international delegates for the Miss Global 2018 crown in the pageant’s sixth edition.

The pageant staged its coronation ceremonies at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on Monday night. The program ended past midnight on Tuesday.

This is the third edition of the global tilt to be held in the Philippines. It was previously hosted here in 2015 and 2016.

Pauline Sofia Laping, chief executive officer of the Miss Global Philippines organization, has just recently signed an agreement with the global team, which officially welcomed her to the international organizing committee.

While she said that her new role would make her even busier, “my commitment to the Miss Global Philippines family will stay the same. I will continue to make it better even if I have a bigger responsibility now,” she told the Inquirer.

She also revealed that the 2018 edition was moved to February 2019 because of internal issues regarding the ownership of the global pageant that needed to be resolved.

A person she declined to identify hacked the international organization’s online portals and claimed ownership of the global tilt.

After the issue was settled, the international organizers reached out to their global partners and were able to bring over 40 contestants to the 2018 competition.

Barbara Vitorelli, the 2017 winner from Brazil, relinquished her title to Ng.

Joining Ng in the winners’ circle were first runner-up Amber Bernachi of Canada, second runner-up Tamila Khodjaeva of Uzbekistan, third runner-up Seydina Allen of Haiti, and fourth runner-up Pamela Lee Urbina of the United States.


Source: The Inquirer, 2/12/2019 

2.06.2019

Uganda Launches 'Curvy’ Women’s Pageant ‘to promote tourism’

Curvaceous women as a product, is the latest
Curvaceous women as a product, is the latest attraction the ministry hopes to attract more tourists and increase revenue earnings. PHOTO BY GODFREY LUGAAJU 
By DORCUS MURUNGI
Kampala- The Ministry of Tourism has added curvy and sexy Ugandan women to the list of tourism products to attract tourists.
Unveiling the initiative in Kampala yesterday, the State minister for Tourism, Mr Godfrey Kiwanda, said a beauty pageant dubbed ‘Miss Curvy Uganda’ has been launched to select sexy curvaceous women and the finalists will be selected in June.
“We have naturally endowed nice looking women that are amazing to look at. Why don’t we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?” Mr Kiwanda wondered, pointing at “a sample” of beautiful women at the press conference yesterday.
The beauty queens in sleek and revealing clothes, kept moving around Mestil Hotel pool side as they took photos with the event organisers including Mr Kiwanda.
Top foreign exchange
Tourism is a top foreign exchange earner for Uganda and the country last year earned $1.4b (Shs5 trillion) from the sector, according to government statistics.
Most tourists visit Uganda to tour national parks for diverse wildlife species such as gorillas, birds and other animals. They also love viewing the River Nile, crater lakes and mountains, among others.
Curvaceous women as a product, is the latest attraction the ministry hopes to attract more tourists and increase revenue earnings.
Ms Ann Mungoma, the lead organiser for the beauty pageant, is optimistic that when these ladies flaunt their endowments, it will enhance the visibility and appreciation of Ugandan people.
“Miss Curvy is an event that will bring out the endowment of the real African woman. It is an exceptional event that will see young ladies showcase their beautiful curves and intellect,” said Ms Mungoma. Only those aged 18 and below 35 are eligible to participate, organisers said.
Asked if the pageant does not offend the conservative culture of Ugandan society, Mr Kiwanda said Uganda has long appreciated smaller bodied women as a hallmark of beauty and the curvy pageant is just another campaign aimed at appreciating beauty in diversity.
Ms Mungoma said since most pageants celebrate slenderness and pretty faces which are a more western way of defining beauty, most African women are uniquely built which does not make them any less attractive.
Under this campaign, the Tourism ministry officials will tell the various stories relating to the background of different shapes and curves that Ugandan beauties have as well as the different cultures that will be displayed by the contestants under the Tulambule (let’s explore) campaign.
REACTIONS
It is not the right approach but then when you look at social media, people post their pictures they get followers and many likes, so those followers could come to Uganda to tour. So curvy women could post on social media and get followers. Though there should have had better things to look at,” Ms Leilah Nakabira women activist and actress.
It is not the right approach but then when you look at social media, people post their pictures they get followers and many likes, so those followers could come to Uganda to tour. So curvy women could post on social media and get followers. Though there should have had better things to look at,” Ms Leilah Nakabira women activist and actress.
It is not the right approach. That is idolizing women as objects like how you look at objects that’s how they will look at women,” a woman activist from Bernic Woman.

Source: The Daily Monitor, Uganda, 2/6/2019