Brazil’s Francielly Ouriques was crowned Miss Asia Pacific International 2017 last night, while the Philippines’ bet and Cebuana Ilene de Vera finished fourth runner-up in a pageant held at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.
De Vera, a model from Cebu, was an early favorite and was part of the top five led by Ouriques, along with first runner-up Acacia Walker of New Zealand, and second runner-up Valeria Cardona of Honduras.
De Vera would have been the fifth Filipina to win the crown following the success of previous Miss Asia Pacific International past winners which included Ma. Del Carmen Ines Zaragoza (1982), Gloria Dimayacyac (1983), Lorna Legaspi (1989), and former actress, Michelle Aldana (1993).
It was during the final interview round where Ouriques wowed the audience when she was asked if the pageant’s advocacy of promoting fostering love, appreciation, and unity in diversity is relevant in this day and age.
Through the help of a translator, Ouriques said: “I believe that we are all equal before God and all of us should be able to spread love, and spread good things among everybody.”
“Respect, unity, and love are principles that my parents thought me and that everybody should foster that,” she added. And that alone sealed her kismet with the crown on her head.
Formerly known as Miss Asia Quest, the Manila-based Miss Asia Pacific International aims to promote Philippine tourism overseas.
Countries who made it to the top 15 were the following: Costa Rica, South Africa, Nicaragua, Russia, Honduras, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Colombia, Cook Islands, Mongolia, Philippines, Netherlands, Egypt and Brazil.
Brazil’s Francielly Ouriques was crowned the new Miss Asia Pacific International 2017. Finishing second is Acacia Walker from New Zealand, while Valeria Cardona of Honduras placed third. The Top five finalists also included Morgan Doelwut of Netherlands and Ilene De Vera of the Philippines.
Contestants from over 40 countries took part in the Miss Asia Pacific International 2017 held at Newport Performing Arts, Resorts World, Manila.