Filipinos’ obsession with beauty pageants can be traced back before the World War II where there was what they call the Carnival Queens. But fanatics really followed pageants from the time our very own Gloria Diaz won in the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 1969. Since then, just like boxing and basketball, we have always looked forward to beauty contests. From local beauty contests to international pageants, we’re lucky to have made a mark in beauty contests both here and abroad. Incidentally, the oldest beauty pageant in Asia is back after its long hiatus. The Miss Asia Pacific International grand coronation night is slated to be held at the Newport performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila on November 29, 2017.
Miss Asia Pacific International (MAPI) has been around since the 1960s and is now under new ownership and management. The organization has positioned itself to be a pedestal for women who want to be the voice of celebrating beauty and harmony in diversity – empowering women to embrace and exercise their individuality, and encourages them to respect and appreciate those of others.
Unknown to many, Miss Asia Pacific International isn’t all fun, fab and glamour. Although the girls compete against each other, the organization is also focused on forging solidarity among the girls and inspiring them to be epitomes of a strong and confident woman who is proud of herself, her culture, and everything that makes her what she is. This is not just another beauty pageant – this is a program that hopes to create ambassadors that ignite positive change in the global community.
Miss Asia Pacific International was in hiatus for a decade and it was only re-launched last year with the 22-year old Tessa Helena Le Conge from the Netherlands who emerged as the winner and bagged the much coveted crown. The event took place at the renowned Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Now Tessa is back in the country and she’s ready to turn over her title and crown for the next Miss Asia Pacific International who will have her reign.
For this year, 42 women from different countries would be competing for the crown. Aside from our very own Mutya ng Pilipinas Ilene Astrid de Vera of Cebu who will be representing the country in the said pageant, two other participants are actually half-Filipinos like Miss Iceland.
Here Psst.ph are sharing with you sneak peek photos of the contestants:
The much-awaited pageant officially kicked-off with the press presentation of the candidates’ last November 13 at Edsa Shangri-La and will be culminated by the Grand Coronation night happening in the nation’s capital – specifically at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Resorts World Manila this November 29, 2017.
As part of the preliminaries, during the said press presentation, Miss Sri Lanka won as the Darling of the Press while Miss Mauritius was 1st runner up and 2nd runner up was Miss Vietnam.
Before the grand night, the girls will be undergoing several preliminary competitions happening around the Philippines.
For more updates, you can follow Miss Asia Pacific International on Facebook (Miss Asia Pacific International), Instagram (@missasiapacificintl) and Twitter (@ms_asiapacific).