Category Archives: Beauty Pageants

Manushi Chhillar of India Wins Miss World 2017!

photo from Miss World Facebook Page.

Manushi Chhillar of India was crowned the new Miss World last night at the coronation night held in Sanya, China.

This was India’s first win after Priyanka Chopra won the crown in the year 2000.

Andrea Meza of Mexico and Stephanie Hill are first and second runners-up, respectively. Aurore Kichenin of France and Magline Jeruto of Kenya completed the top 5.

Meanwhile, Philipine rep Laura Lehmann won the Beauty With A Purpose campaign along with four other delegates including Chhillar herself. Lehmann also won the head to head challenge which automatically put her into the top 40 but failed to advanced further.


The Mikimoto Crown From Kylie to Kevin!

Indonesia has finally clinched one of the four major international pageant titles! Kevin Liliana bested 70 other contestants from around the world and was crowned the Miss International 2017 by the outgoing Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza earlier today at the Tokyo Dome City in Tokyo Japan.

photo from the miss international website

Here is the complete set of Winners:

Miss International 2017: Kevin Lilliana of Indonesia
1st runner-up: Chanelle de Lau of Curacao (Chanelle also competed during the 65th Miss Universe pageant in Manila this year)
2nd runener-up: Diana Croce Garcia of Venezuela
3rd runner-up: Amber Dew of Australia
4th runner-up: Natsuki Tsutsui of Japan

Special Awards:
Best in National Costume – Japan
Miss Perfect Body – Australia
Best Dressed – Indonesia

Continental Queens
Miss International Africa – Ghana – Abigail Martey
Miss International America – Bolivia – Carla Maldonado
Miss International Asia – Korea – Seung Woo Nam
Miss International Europe – United Kingdom – Ashley Powell
Miss International Oceania – New Zealand –Michelle Isemonger

Congratulations Kevin and the rest of Indonesia!

Thank You, Mariel de Leon! #MissInternational2017

Miss Philippines Mariel de Leon may have failed to advance into the Top 15, but I’m still hella proud of my homegirl!!! She was a class act during the whole Miss International competition!

Mariel de Leon’s Reputation


After her comments against the appointment of Mocha Uson to a government post and even after she apologized for it, Mariel de Leon has been villainized by the Pro-Duterte and Pro-Mocha Uson netizens. It was brutal and relentless to say the least. They didn’t care that Mariel will be representing the Philippines in the international stage. They want her to fail. They want her to receive her bad “karma.” They want this “arrogant” beauty queen to get what they thought she deserves – a winning-less participation in the pageant.

Is Mariel really a villain?

She spoke up. It was her opinion. A political opinion that didn’t sit well with those who voted for the current President. They said it was in bad taste. They said a beauty queen shouldn’t be so tactless. Truth be told though, what Mariel said was the the opinion so many of us were afraid to voice out because we’re afraid of the same backlash that she’s receiving until now.

She could’ve worded her opinion differently they say but Filipinos are not stupid. Let’s not dumb down ourselves. Whether she said it differently or not, the meaning will still be the same. Same difference. Same Difference folks.

She is a beauty queen so she should act accordingly. Why put her in a box? She’s clearly an intelligent woman with her own thoughts. She stood her ground and continue to do so. Just how should a beauty queen act? Which standard should they follow? They’re not mere beauties whose job is to smile and look pretty. Why continue to crucify her?

Some were even outrageously calling Mariel the most hated beauty queen ever. I wonder if people remembered Imelda Schweighart last year when she disparagingly compared Duterte to Hitler and badmouthed her fellow delegates after her non-inclusion into the Top 16 of Miss Earth which eventually leads to her resignation. I’m not trying to resurrect an old issue but did Mariel’s ‘infraction’ was too much for these people to give their support? Or even if they are unable to give their support, can they at least stop spewing negative tirades towards her?

Winning back the crown for the second consecutive year is not unheard of; although it’s never happened in Miss International. A runner-up finish would still receive negative critiques from her haters. A win could diminish said critiques but it will still be mired with negativity.

Seriously my fellow kababayan – when will Mariel get her unnecessary vindication?

I am not affiliated with any political parties. I am not part of any beauty camps. I am not a fan of Mariel de Leon. I don’t hate her either. I am just a Filipino pageant fan. Mariel is doing her best to represent our country. For that alone, she has my support.

For me, she’s already ‘vindicated.’ For being a strong-willed woman who does not cowed to her haters, she already earned my respect.

No matter what happens in Japan tomorrow, she would still be my Miss International 2017.

Rachel Peters and Indonesia’s Bunga Jelitha are Miss Universe’ Roomies!

Yes! Our South East Asian neighbor 2017 Puteri Indonesia’s Bunga Jelitha will be Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters’ roommate for the whole duration of the 66th Miss Universe in Las Vegas. It was confirmed by Rachel herself through her Instagram story.

Indonesian beauty queens have stepped up their game these past few years by sending top-notch delegates to international beauty pageants especially in the Miss Universe pageant. They made the top 16 cut for the past four editions but have never made it past the Swimsuit round.

With Bunga Jelitha’s resume, it looks like Indonesia is ready to slay. Let’s see how well she and Rachel would get along during the pageant.

Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters is Ready for Las Vegas!

Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters is all set to conquer the Universe as she donned a classy black ensemble during her airport send-off bound to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA where the 66th edition of the Miss Universe Pageant will be held.

Las Vegas is where our delegates seems to do well. Really well for that matter since this is where Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach won her crown,  where Janine Tugonon almost grabbed our third Miss Universe crown in 2012 and where Venus Raj started the renaissance for the Philippines in the international pageant arena.

And I’ve a good feeling that Rachel will bring her A-game and win that fourth crown for the Philippines! I’m fairly confident about it.

Triple Send-Off for Rachel, Katarina and Chanel!

The remaining Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Queens who are about to compete in their respective international pageants were given their official send-off this afternoon at the Monet Ballroom of Novotel Manila-Araneta Center.

Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters is set to compete in Las Vegas on November 26 while Chanel Olive Thomas will be heading on the second of November in Poland. And finally but not definitely not the least, is Katarina Rodriguez who will be traveling to Colombo, Sri Lanka come December 21 in her quest to win the country’s first Miss Intercontinental title.

The said send-off was sort of a welcome party as well for Nelda Ibe who came in 2nd at the Miss Globe in Albania and Elizabeth Clenci who placed 2nd runner-up in Miss Grand International. Only Mariel de Leon is missing amongst the crowned Binibinis this year since she’s currently competing in Japan in the hopes of a back-to-back Miss International win!

Best of lucks girls!!! Mabuhay kayong lahat!

photos are from the Binibining Pilipinas Facebook Page.

Miss Filipinas Teresita “WinWyn” Marquez is the Winner of #Reinahispanoamericana2017

After Karen Ibasco grabbed the Miss Earth title last night, Teresita Ssen Marquez or better known in the Philippines as Winwyn Marquez has won the hearts of the judges and the people of Bolivia by winning the 2017 Reina Hispanoamericana. This is also the Philippines’ first participation in the pageant and also the only Asian country to be invited to participate! What a feat! Congratulations Winwyn!

Make up by the one and only @fannytfserrano  : Fanny Serrano “Cinematique Touch” :Lawrence Leuterio : Rosvic Castro

Here’s her winning answer during the Q&A portion of the pageant:


Miss Philippines’ Rachel Peters’ Profile on Miss Universe Website!

Here’s our very own, Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters looking so fresh on the newly up-profiles of this edition’s contestants via

Rachel Peters graduated with a degree in business and has since been working in the events industry. She is always up for a new challenge and loves coffee, the beach, surfing and interior design. Rachel found a way to combine all the things she loves by opening a small cafe on the small island of Siargao. She is an advocate for celebrating one’s individuality despite all the noise and pressures of social media. Rachel wants to make the Philippines proud in hopes to become the next Miss Universe. –

Vietnam’s Do Tran Khanh Ngan wins Miss Globe 2017 While PH’s bet Nelda Ibe snatched 1st Runner-up!

photo from Deliart Association / Mishel Koçiu Facebook page

After a couple of weeks of whirlwind pageant activities in Tirana, Albania – Do Tran Khanh Ngan of Vietnam was adjudged the winner of this year’s edition of Miss Globe amongst 53 delegates from across continents.

Our very own pilot beauty Queen Nelda Ibe bagged the runner-up honors with Siberia’s Elena Latypova finishing 3rd overall. Completing the top 5 are host delegate Alessia Coku of Albania and Cabo Verde’s Simone Heijlihers finishing 4th and 5th respectively.

Reps from Armenia, Canada, Thailand, USA, Italy, Denmark, Hungary, Estonia, Macedonia and Ghana are also part of the semifinalists this year.