PRESS STATEMENT FROM GMA-7:
"After almost a month of staying in London to compete in the 2011 Miss World Pageant, the newly-crowned Miss World 1st Princess Gwendoline Ruais returns to the Philippines on November 18.
"Last October 19, Gwen left the country as Miss World Philippines with the hope of bringing home the elusive crown. It has been 16 years since Miss Philippines last placed in the Miss World Pageant and more than 3 decades since the country’s candidate was crowned 1st Princess. Now that Gwen has made a mark in the international scene, the Philippines is back to being a front runner in the Miss World Pageant.
"Upon her arrival via Etihad Airways, the 1st Princess of Miss World 2011 is welcomed at the Midas Hotel by her Miss World Philippines family headed by Ms. Cory Quirino together with the local pageant’s main presenter, SM Development Corporation (SMDC), represented by Senior AVP for Marketing, Mr. Rudy Villar. GMA-7 Entertainment TV executives Ms. Bang U. Arespacochaga, Senior Program Manager, and Ms. Ali Dedicatoria, Program Manager, also greet Gwen in her homecoming.
"Home at last, the successful beauty queen is set to share her blessings and live out Miss World’s advocacy, Beauty With A Purpose, in the country. Gwen is tying up with the GMA Kapuso Foundation for fundraisers to help the needy and the less fortunate--her way of thanking the Filipinos for the support they have given her.
"This Monday (November 21), Gwen welcomes the pound-for-pound king, Cong. Manny Pacquiao, as he gets home after his recent boxing victory over Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez. The two world-class Filipino prides are set to have breakfast together in Midas Hotel.
"Later in the day, Gwen pays a courtesy call on Vice President Jejomar Binay, before she goes to a luncheon hosted by SMDC Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Henry Sy, Jr., in their Corporate Headquarters at One Ecom Center, Mall of Asia Complex. To cap her momentous day, Gwen proceeds with her courtesy call on the Senate and the Congress in the afternoon.
"At 10:00AM on Tuesday (November 22), Gwen parades along EDSA with 2011 Miss World Philippines 1st Princess Helen Nicolette Henson, 2nd Princess Martha Chloe McCulley, 3rd Princess Ma. Paula Bianca Paz, and 4th Princess Jaysel Arrozal. The motorcade’s starting point is at the GMA Network Center, going to the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay via Ayala Avenue."
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