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PEP YEARENDER 2017: Pinay beauty queens dominate international pageants

by Nikko Tuazon
Dec 25, 2017
(L-R) Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco, Miss Universe 2017 Top 10 finalist Rachel Peters, and Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Ssen Marquez.

Oh, how we love our beauty queens!

From the 1900s and our Carnival Queens to our present-day pageant beauties, they've brought fame and glory to a country that takes beauty contests very seriously.

And in this age of social media when news travels really fast, our beauty queens are constant headliners. (Philippine Entertainment Portal) counted 2017's haul—and would you believe that, this year alone, the Philippines bagged more than 40 beauty pageant titles from around the world?

Pinay candidates of various ages and sizes practically dominated minor pageants abroad.

Here's a roundup of the country's placements in international pageants in 2017.


Rachel Peters sashayed up to Top 10 of the Miss Universe 2017 pageant at The AXIS of Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A., last November 26.

The 26-year-old model-entrepreneur competed with 91 other contestants, and was an early favorite during the competition.

South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters eventually won the title.

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Laurah Lehman was the country's representative to the Miss World 2017 pageant held last November 18, at the Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China.

The 23-year-old TV host-model didn't make it to the semis, but was among the Top 40 candidates.

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The Pinay beauty queen also bagged several awards from the pageant, including "Beauty With A Purpose" and "Top 10 People's Choice Award."



Karen Ibasco gave the country its fourth Miss Earth title.

Ecuador's Katherine Espin passed the crown to Karen at the pageant's grand coronation night last November 4, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The 26-year-old medical physicist bagged five medals early in the competition: three golds and two silvers.

Karen earned gold medals during the National Costume-Asia Pacific competition: Group 2's swimsuit competition and "Darling of the Press."

Her silver medals: Group 2's long-gown competition and resorts-wear competition.

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Mariel de Leon's Miss International bid for the crown was cut short when she failed to make it to the Top 15 during the semi-finals.

Indonesia's Kevin Lilliana, who trained under Kagandahang Flores, bagged her country's first major pageant title.



Teresita Ssen Marquez, popularly known as Winwyn, is the first Filipina and Asian to ever win the Reina Hispanoamericana crown.

Colombia's Maria Camila Soleibe bequeathed the crown to Winwyn at the pageant's grand coronation night held last November 4, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

The 25-year-old Kapuso actress is the country's first Filipino candidate in the pageant.

During the question-and-answer portion of the competition, Winwyn was asked how she would promote Hispanic culture despite the language barrier.

The Pinay beauty queen answered, "The Hispanic culture is not about language only. It is about love for God, love for country, love for history and culture, and love for family.

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"And as a Filipina with a unique heritage, I have instilled that. I am ready to promote the Hispanic culture, not just in Asia, but in the whole world."



Chanel Olive Thomas represented the country at the Miss Supranational 2017 pageant, which was held on December 1, in Krynica Zdrój, Poland.

The 26-year-old model-beauty queen made it to the Top 10 at the pageant and also bagged the Miss Friendship award of the competition.

Jenny Kim of South Korea, who also competed at the Miss Universe 2016 pageant with Maxine Medina, won the Miss Supranational title.



Elizabeth Clenci sparked the country's winning streak during the pageant season after bagging the second-runner up title at the Miss Grand International 2017 pageant.

The tilt's coronation was held at the Vinpearl Convention Center in Phú Quoc, Vietnam, last October 25.

Aside from her runner-up placement, Elizabeth also took home the Grand Best Performance Award, which was handed to her after the pageant.

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Last year's winner, Ariska Putri Pertiwi of Indonesia, passed the crown to Peru's María José Lora.



"Pilot Queen" Nelda Ibe followed Elizabeth Clenci's success when she was hailed Miss Globe 2017 1st runner-up.

The beauty pageant's grand coronation night was held in Tirana, Albania, last November 3.

The former Wowowin co-host slayed the pre-pageant activities and placed 2nd runner-up in the Miss Bikini competition.

She also made it to Top 7 of the pageant's talent competition.

Do Tran Khanh Ngan of Vietnam was eventually crowned pageant winner.



Another Wowowin co-host, Jannie Loudette Alipo-on, was hailed Miss Tourism International 2017-2018, last December 6, at the pageant's grand coronation night at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.


40+ CROWNS. Some of the Pinay winners in numerous beauty pageants abroad: Miss Progress International 2017 Jedaver Pancho Opingo, Miss Nature Intercontinental 2017 Sarah Bona, Miss Pacific World 2017 Beatrice Andrada...

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Miss Culture Heritage 2017 Rizza Paula Lacson, Miss Super Fotomodel Universe 2017 Thamara Alexandria Pacursa, and Miss Global Youth Ambassador 2017 Sahara Wagner.

Also on the list are Miss Young of the World 2017 Simone Amorado, Miss Cultural World 2017 Kysha Lyn Guinto, Miss Plus Size International 2017 Michelle Eleonor Villegas, Miss Plus Size Top of the World 2017 Jodel Mesina...

Miss Asia Global 2017 Mary Eve Adeline Escoto, Miss Future Fashion Faces Asia 2017 Eve Janine Valdez, Miss Asian Global 2017 Trisha Bantigue, and Miss Asia Edmonton 2017 Eilleen Demchuk.

Young Pinays also bagged title after title in the TEENS AND GIRLS CATEGORIES.

Some of this year's young titleholders are: Miss Asian Isle of Wight 2017 Kysh Biroczki, Miss Teen International 2017 Kathleen Paton, Miss Teen Tourism World 2017 Diosem Lleyd Maglinao Budios, Miss Teen International Model Discovery 2017 Melody Rom...

Miss Teenager Asia 2017 Ralaine Balanay, Princess of the World 2017 Shirleena Joice Espinoza; Mini Miss Earth Planet 2017 Jen Olsson, Miniature Miss Cinderella 2017 Gilana Maningas, and Little Miss Asia Pacific 2017 Liza Hansen.

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Of course, Filipina moms and grandmoms proved that age is not a barrier to winning pageant titles.

In sum, the Philippines bagged 11 crowns in that category: Grandma Universe 2017 Agnes Padao Jakosalem, Mrs. Universe Loyal 2017 Marilou Tolico Villanueva, Mother of the Universe 2017 Joyce Peñas Pilarsky...

Woman of the Year 2017 Jennifer Helen Weigel, Mrs. International 2017 Jee Candelasa-Eribal, Mrs. Classic Galaxy 2017 Maryrose Salubre, Mrs. World City Queen 2017 Hanellete Domingo...

Mrs Planet Talent 2017 Kristine Quinto, Mrs. International Worldwide Charisma Ambassador 2017 and Mrs. Tourism International 2017 Risa Caldoza-De Leon, and Mrs. Asia USA California 2017-2018 Marie Shahani.

The LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY also gave the Philippines beauty titles.

The pageant title holders include: Miss T World 2017 Paula Bituschini, Miss Trans Star International Beyond Crown 2017 Gehenna Mari Bana, Miss Mardi Gras International Queen 2017 Alexis Tan...

Miss Mardi Gras Rainbow Queen International 2017 Faiel Licdan Valenciano, Miss Futuristic Model 2017 Jayar Aguilera, and Mister Gay World 2017 John Raspado.

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Last, but definitely not the least, our country bagged four titles in the MEN'S CATEGORY.

The pageant kings include Mister Culture Arts 2017 Reggie Dimalanas, Mister Super Model Universe 2017 Hadrian Kim Bueno, Mister Global Youth Ambassador 2017 Jabs Barcenas, and Mister Young International 2017 Rod Contreras.

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(L-R) Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco, Miss Universe 2017 Top 10 finalist Rachel Peters, and Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Ssen Marquez.
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