Pageant fans will be very happy to know that the country’s representative Ms. Jannie Loudette Alipo-on has been crowned as Miss Tourism International 2017 last Wednesday evening, December 6, in Malaysia.
Ms. Jannie bested other 49 candidates in the pageant and brought home the Philippines’ fourth Miss Tourism International title after Esperanza Manzano gave the country its first one in 2000, followed by a back to back win by Rizzini Alexis Gomez in 2012 and Angeli Dione Gomez in 2013.
She also won one of the 13 Subsidiary Titles, Miss Gintell Wellness. She has been hailed as Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2017 last August. Her evening gown was created by well known Filipino fashion designer Mr. Jontie Martinez.
The 25-year-old beauty who hails from Navotas City, is a BSHRIM Travel and Tourism Management graduate of De La Salle College of Saint Benilde. She works as a freelance model and commercial endorser and can be seen on the ABS-CBN channel 2 game show “Deal or No Deal.”
She has also joined Binibining Pilipinas 2017 and was Miss Casino Filipino 2014 fourth runner-up; Miss Philippines Earth 2013 (top 10 finalist); and first runner-up at Megamodel ProModel. She has also joined other pageants such as Saniata Ti Ylocos World 2012, Mutya ng Navotas 2011 and FX Fashion Exchange First Image Model.
Her national costume reflects Southeast Asian-influenced with a large headdress studded with colored glass stones and beads. Other winners at the Miss Tourism International 2017 includes representatives from Australia (Miss Tourism Global 2017), Indonesia (Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan International 2017), Poland (Miss Tourism Metropolitan International 2017), Brazil (Dreamgirl of the Year International 2017) and Thailand (Miss South East Asia 2017).
Miss Tourism International Pageant
The pageant was first held at Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia in 1994 by D’ Touch International Sdn. Bhd. Foundation by the president and franchise owner, Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi,
In 2006, the contest was held outside of Malaysia for the first time, in Guangzhou, China Last year, 60 countries participated in the Miss Tourism International pageant.
Ooi was a judge at this year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas, where Alipo-on was chosen to become the Philippines’ delegate to Miss Tourism International 2017.
Miss Tourism International claims be the only Malaysian New Year’s Eve pageant that plays host to more than 60 international beauty queens from around the world.
Top 10 Semi-Finalists
This year’s top 10 included Poland, Kenya, Indonesia, Australia, Philippines, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Malaysia, and Czech Republic.
Miss Tourism International pageant is the most extensive pageantry effort in promoting the host nation’s tourism industry. Hosting it in Malaysia enables the country to reveal to the world its many beautiful facets – from the bustling cities, the idyllic towns, cultural exchanges, tourist spots and international understanding among participating countries.
The Philippines tops the list with four (4) winners closely followed by India and Poland with two (2) winners each.