October 23, 2017, 3:47 pm
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Pageant season

It is a busy season for pageant aficionados with several beauty pageants happening in the last couple of weeks and going well into the next.

Three beauteous Filipinas were selected to vie for international tilts while two Pinoy hunks shone in their respective international competitions here and abroad. On Sunday, another international tilt for men will hold its finals in Manila.

Last Saturday, Achelle Joy Pamintuan Medrano of Lipa City was crowned as Jewel of the World-Philippines 2017, while Sarah Jireh Cruz Asido of Balagtas, Bulacan was named Jewel of the Philippines-United Continents in a beauty tilt that was re-branded by pageant mentor and director John de la Vega as a cultural pageant, infusing the show with the rich and colorful Pinoy culture by way of the costumes, stage design as well as the interview round where the contestants expounded on customs and traditions that are uniquely ours. 

“It was all worth it! I believe I have achieved the goals I have set – re-branding it to a ‘cultural pageant,’ making it more significant and unique, better production, smooth show that lasted less than two hours, stronger set of candidates and winners,”  said Dela Vega after the show at the GT Toyota Asian Auditorium in UP, Diliman, Quezon City.

Meanwhile, licensed scuba diver Sherlyn Legaspi Doloriel of Cayagan de Oro City was crowned as Miss Scuba Philippines 2017 last Tuesday, Oct. 10. 

Sherlyn will represent the country at the international finals in Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia next month. She will gun for the country’s second Miss Scuba International crown after Cindy Madduma, who won in 2015 and is now the pageant’s national director. 

The finals, held at Resorts World Manila, was attended by the founder of Miss Scuba International, Robert Lo who flew in from Malaysia.

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Congratulations to our Pinoy bets to Mister Universal Ambassador 2017 held in Makassar, Indonesia and Mister Grand International 2017 held at Crossroads 77 in Quezon City, both held last Friday, Oct. 6. 

Paul Guarnes placed first runner-up, edged out closely by Luong Gia Huy of Vietnam and with Johannes Ulmefors of Sweden placing third at the international tilt in Indonesia.

Joshua Reginald Banatin, meanwhile, placed fifth to Australia’s Michael Angelo Skyllas, who won as Mister Grand International. The other finalists were from Thailand, Vietnam and Germany. 

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Quezon Province board member Gerald Ortiz partnered with Tourism Promotions Board headed by Cesar Montano in staging Mister Universe Tourism where more than 20 delegates worldwide will compete at the grand finals to be held on Sunday, Oct. 15 at Palacio de Maynila in Manila.

The Philippines is being represented by two Bulakenyos, Charles Joseph “CJ” Cundangan Querol of Balagtas, who will carry the Republic of the Philippines banner; and John Jayarr Tormo Agustin, who will wear the Philippines sash.
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