10.27.2019

10.26.2019

Puerto Rico Wins Miss Earth 2019

Left To Right: Miss Earth Fire, Miss Earth 2019, Miss Earth Air, and Miss Earth Water


Nellys Pimentel, 21, of San Juan, Puerto Rico was crowned Miss Earth 2019 on October 25 at Cove Manila at Okada Manila, ParaƱaque City, Philippines. She is the first Puerto Rican woman to win the title since the pageant began in 2001. Pimentel's court includes Miss Earth Air Emanii Davis of USA, Miss Earth Water Klara Vavruskova of Czech Republic, and Miss Earth Fire Alisa Manenok of Belarus. A few days ago, Pimentel had been crowned "Miss Earth Flora 2019" in Naga City.

Rounding up the top 10 were the contestants from Chile, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland and Russia. Completing the top 20 were the delegates from Colombia, England, Ghana, Guam, Guyana, Japan, Philippines, Portugal, Spain and Thailand.

Over 80 contestants competed in the 2019 edition which was hosted by James Deakin and carried by five television networks. Entertainment was provided by Barbados-born artist, Shontelle. Pimentel was crowed by outgoing queen, Nguyen Phuong Khanh of Vietnam. 





Venezuela Wins Miss Grand International 2019




Hometown girl Valentina Figuera, 19, of Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela was crowned Miss Grand International 2019 at the Poliedro de Caracas on October 25. Her victory marks the first time that her country has won the title since the pageant began in 2013. Figuera was crowned by her predecessor, Clara Sosa of Paraguay who co-hosted the show. Famous Venezuelan jewelry designer George Wittels, who was one of the judges, designed the new crown which is to be used until 2021.

Her court includes 1st runner-up Maria Malo of Mexico, 2nd runner-up Coco Arayha Suparurk of Thailand, 3rd runner-up Carmen Drayton of Panama, and 4th runner-up Marjorie Marcelle of Brazil. Completing the top 10 were the delegates from Ecuador, Australia, Peru, Puerto Rico and Vietnam.

Rounding up the top 20 were the contestants from Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, Paraguay, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic and South Africa. 

Special awards went to Ecuador (Best National Costume), Panama (Best in Swimsuit), Peru (Best in Evening Gown), and Vietnam (Miss Popular Vote) which automatically catapulted her to the top 10. 

Minutes before the show ended, the co-hosts announced that Venezuela will host the 2020 edition of the pageant, much to the excitement of the audience. As the new titleholder, Figuera now has the grand task of realizing the pageant's purpose - "stop the war and violence." 

Valentina Figuera

10.24.2019

First Miss Universe Bangladesh Crowned



Shirin Akter Shela has been crowned Miss Universe Bangladesh at the grand finale of the first-ever competition in the country, at International Convention City Bashundhara in Dhaka.
The winner was crowned by Bollywood actor Sushmita Sen, who herself won the title of Miss Universe in 1994.
Alisha Islam was announced as the first runner up of the competition and the second runner up title went to Jessia Islam. The other contestants in the top ten were Tamanna Ishrat Sohani, Maria Mumu, Sanowar Tayefa, Afla Arman, Irana Ishrat, Smriti Akter, and Toshiba Anita Islam.
The winner Shela will represent Bangladesh in the main event of 68th Miss Universe competition, to be held in United States this December. This will be the first time Bangladesh will participate in the main event of the competition.
Judges of this grand event were Bollywood actor Sushmita Sen,  who won the main event of 1994 Miss Universe competition, singer Tahsan Khan, Persona’s Managing Director Kaniz Almas, President of Bangladesh Heritage Craft Tootli Rahman, Founder of Pulse Health Care Rubaba Dowla, Managing Director of Green Delta Insurance Farzanah Chowdhury, Managing Director of Flora Bank Rafiul Islam, commentator and former cricketer Athar Ali Khan,  Former Miss Ventura County California & Johnson County USA Star Faruque, and Dr Zareen Delawar Hussain.
Earlier on October 15, the crown of Miss Universe Bangladesh was unveiled in a gala event held in AmisheƩ Fine Jewelry store in Gulshan of Dhaka.
The registration of contestants began in the end of July. The first round of audition started with over 12,000 registrations. Then the elimination process started and after three months of boot camp a winner was finally chosen.    
The franchise owner for Miss Universe,is a consortium between Riz Events, Off Track and Trilogy. Rizwan Bin Farouq is the chairman of Miss Universe Bangladesh and Sohel A Chaklader Duke, Shafik Islam and Mithun Zaman are directors of the company. 
Source: Dhaka Tribune, 10/24/2019





10.22.2019

Miss Universe Kenya 2019




Stacy Michuki, 18, was crowned Miss Universe Kenya 2019 on October 20 at the Panari Hotel in Nairobi. She will represent Kenya in Miss Universe 2019 pageant on December 8 in the United States, although the venue has not been confirmed

Michuki is the granddaughter of the late Kenyan politician and businessman, 



Photo credit: Miss Universe Kenya Facebook

Miss Universe Egypt 2019




Diana Hamed, 24, was crowned Miss Universe Egypt 2019 at the Al Masa Hotel in Cairo, Egypt on October 21. She will now represent Egypt in Miss Universe 2019 pageant to be held on December 8. The venue has not been confirmed.

Egypt has been competing in Miss Universe since 1987 but has never placed. Will Diana be the first Egyptian delegate to do so?



Photo credit: Miss Egypt Universe Facebook

10.21.2019

CB Director Rafa Delfin's Top 20 Favorites For Miss Earth 2019


Watch CB Director Rafa Delfin's latest vlog where he reveals his top 20 favorites for Miss Earth 2019. Click the banner to go to the link.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPSRi6_pwX0

10.19.2019

Miss Grand Philippines 2019 Samantha Lo Breaks Her Silence


Miss Grand Philippines 2019 Samantha Lo (Instagram)


MANILA, Philippines — After keeping quiet for almost a week, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Samantha Lo took to Instagram early Sunday, October 20, to clear the story on what happened during her transit to Venezuela for the Miss Grand International pageant.

In a lengthy post, Samantha said that she chose to remain silent first and speak up only when she arrived in Venezuela.
"I know people have been waiting to hear from me but this past week has been such a rollercoaster of stress and uncertainty that I felt it was unnecessary to involve the public," said.

"I chose to break my silence until I arrived in Venezuela because I wanted to make sure I got here safely. Despite what happened last week and the trauma that came with it, I have moved forward and pursued this journey knowing that I did not intentionally commit any of the acts that have been unfairly attributed to me. But yes, my local organizer, who handled my travel preparations, failed to equip me with the proper transit visa that may have enabled me to complete my earlier trip to this host country. Moreso, it wasn’t them who got me out of detention and put me safely on that plane to come back home. It was my family and other well-meaning Filipinos who did — and they are still not resting until this is over."
Samantha said that it has not been easy in the past few days considering what she endured. However, she's determined to do her best in the competition. (READ: Samantha Lo on Miss Grand International 2019 pageant: I'm going to bring that crown home)
"And when this is all over, I hope to bring home the crown and glory to the Philippines and our people. It is not easy for me to do this — I still struggle with the fear and the trauma of recent days — but I know there is a bigger picture here and I will not let such fear silence me or deter me from the grand task ahead.
"I have come here not only as the candidate from the Philippines but as the voice of those who have faced similar situations like mine, the voice of those who have been abandoned of opportunity and pressured to remain silent," she said.
She thanked the Miss Grand International Organization for welcoming her despite what happened and showing nothing but support.
Source: Rappler, October 19, 2019

Miss Grand Philippines 2019 Samantha Lo looking fresh and elegant in her high-slit red gown. Bottom right, Samantha poses with MGI President Nawat Itsaragrisil. (Photo credit: Miss Grand International)

10.18.2019

Miss Universe Singapore 2019



Mohana Prabha, a 24-year-old biomedical science undergrad, was crowned Miss Universe Singapore 2019 at Zouk Singapore on October  17. She will now represent Singapore at the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed.

Prabha competed in last year's national pageant and made the top 5. 



Photo credit: The Female Culture

10.17.2019

Miss Universe Argentina 2019



Mariana Varela, 23, was crowned Miss Universe Argentina last Wednesday night in Buenos Aires. She will now represent Argentina in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. The first runner-up is Julieta Garcia and the second runner-up is Luisina Ojeda. The Miss Universe Argentina pageant is now directed by Osmel Sousa, the legendary beauty queen maker responsible for Venezuela's multiple successes in international pageantry. 


The last time that Argentina placed in Miss Universe was in 2014 when Valentina Ferrer made the top 10. And in 1962, Norma Nolan won the first Miss Universe crown for the country. 

10.14.2019

Miss Universe Tanzania 2019





  Shubila Stanton (Shubby Stanton) was crowned Miss Universe Tanzania 2019 on October 12 at the Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The 23-year-old six-footer  model will now represent Tanzania in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant whose date and venue have not been announced. 




 Photo credit: Miss Universe Tanzania Facebook

10.09.2019

CB Director Rafa Delfin: 5 Things I Hate About Miss Earth



Watch CB Director Rafa Delfin's latest vlog where he reveals five things he hates about Miss Earth. Click the banner to go to the link.



Spain Wins Miss Asia Pacific International 2019



Chaiyenne Huisman of Spain was crowned the new Miss Asia Pacific International 2019 on Wednesday, October 9 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. Her court includes: 1st runner-up Miss Dominican Republic, Eoanna Constanza; 2nd runner-up Miss Canada, Jessica Cianchino; 3rd runner-up Miss Brazil, Carolina Schuler; and 4th runner-up Miss Costa Rica, Fiorella Cortez Arbenz. Huisman's victory marks her country's first time in winning the pageant which began in 1965 as a regional pageant for Asia but changed its name to Miss Asia Pacific International in 2005 to accommodate countries outside Asia.
Miss Asia Pacific International Chaiyenne Huisman (center) beams with (from left) fourth runner-up Fiorella Cortez Arbenz, third runner-up Carolina Schuler, second runner-up Jessica Cianchino, and first runner-up Eoanna Constanza. (Photo by Armin P. Adina / Contributor) Lifestyle Inquirer, 10/9/2010

 

10.07.2019

Philippines Teen Queen Dethroned For Misrepresenting Herself


Vanessa Mae Walters (center) shares the stage with Miss Multinational Philippines Isabelle de Leon (left) and Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas Katrina Llegado after their proclamation as winners./ARMIN P. ADINA

MAKATI, Philippines—Following a social media frenzy among pageant circles involving an alleged racy photo of 2019 Miss Eco Teen Philippines Vanessa Mae Walters, the Miss World Philippines organization has finally announced it stripped the queen of her title.
In a statement sent to media scribes, and posted on its social media accounts, Miss World Philippines National Director Arnold L. Vegafria said, “after observing due process, the organization deems it proper to strip Walters of her title and crown as Miss Eco Teen Philippines.”

Walters became the first woman to receive the Miss Eco Teen Philippines crown in the 2019 Miss World Philippines pageant held last month. Michelle Dee, daughter of 1979 Miss International Melanie Marquez, bagged the coveted Miss World Philippines crown.
Four other winners were proclaimed—Miss Eco Philippines Kelley Day, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas Katrina Llegado, Miss Multinational Philippines Isabelle de Leon, and Miss Philippines Tourism Glysa Perez.

The Miss Eco Teen international pageant has already posted the photo of Mary Daena Resurreccion as the Philippines’ official representative to the contest’s inaugural edition in Egypt next month./MISS ECO TEEN INTERNATIONAL FACEBOOK PAGE.
The statement cited “misrepresentation of her credentials,” “unprofessional behavior,” and “indecency” as grounds for Walters’ dethronement.

“Miss World Philippines Organization will not tolerate any actions which may jeopardize the integrity and dignity of the organization,” the statement continued.

Walters, a Harvard University student, is not new to pageantry. In 2014, she was proclaimed Miss Teen Earth Philippines, an environment-driven competition, which would have been a fitting prelude to her supposed quest for the Miss Eco Teen International crown.

She was proclaimed Best in Swimsuit in the Miss World Philippines pageant, where she advanced to the Top 22 by topping the “Beach Beauty” competition.

Resurreccion, 18, was among the 40 delegates in the national search in September but missed the first cut.

The Miss Eco Teen International organization has accepted Resurreccion to its roster of 2019 delegates and has already posted her photo on the global tilt’s Facebook page.

The Miss Eco Teen International pageant will stage its inaugural edition in Cairo, Egypt, next month.

Source: Cebu Daily News, Oct. 5, 2019