December 12, 2017, 11:11 am
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Meet the Miss Asia Pacific Int’l winners

THE new Miss Asia Pacific International and her court were crowned in a glittering finals show at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila that started at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and concluded at almost 2 the next morning.

Francielly Ouriques, 25, a model and entrepreneur from San Jose, Catarina, Brazil, bested 41 other delegates worldwide to win the coveted title and succeeded the Netherlands’ Tessa le Conge, last year’s winner.

During the final question round, Ouriques expounded on the relevance today of the pageant’s advocacy of fostering love, appreciation and unity.

 Through an interpreter, 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 taught me and that everybody should foster that.” 

Named as first runner-up was Acacia Walker, a 20-year-old student and staunch advocate of woman empowerment from Wellington, New Zealand.

Second runner-up was Valeria Cardona, 19, a journalism student from Tegucigalpa, Honduras who also competed at the 17th Miss Earth pageant in Manila last October.

Third runner-up was Morgan Doelwijt, 19, a sports, dance and travel enthusiast from Utrecht, Netherlands.

Fourth runner-up was Mutya ng Pilipinas Ilene Astrid de Vera, a 22-year-old Mass Communications graduate of the University of the Philippines-Cebu.

The finals were hosted by Rovilson Fernandez and Marc Nelson. Wellness guru Cory Quirino, fashion entrepreneur Mags Que, former supermodel Tweety de Leon Gonzales and LGBT icon Wilbert Tolentino were among the judges who selected the winners.

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All the best to Binibining Pilipinas-Supranational Chanel Olive Villamayor Thomas in her quest at the 9th Miss Supranational Pageant in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland tonight (tomorrow morning PH time).  

The vivacious half-Australian whose mother is from San Antonio, Nueva Ecija, is gunning for the country’s second Miss Supranational title after Mutya Datul who won in Minsk, Belarus in 2013.

Likewise, good luck to our Philippine team at the Mrs. Asia International Pageant to be held tonight in Shanghai, China: Velinette Torres Quiat, Timikko Santos, Melissa Arcaya and Nordelyn Reichenbach.

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Hats off to Prime Events Productions Philippines Foundation Inc. (PEPPS) for mounting the Tourism International Fashion Week yesterday and tonight in conjunction with the twin pageants World Miss Tourism Ambassador and Mrs. World Peace to be held on December 9 and 10, respectively.  

Last night’s fashion event was held at One Canvass in Makati City while tonight’s event will be held at Ayuntamiento de Manila 
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