February 25, 2018, 9:49 am
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Miss Asia Pacific Int’l beauties visit wounded soldiers who fought in Marawi

FORTY-two beauty delegates are in Manila for the 2017 Miss Asia Pacific International pageant to be held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila on November 29.

Under the banner of the pageant’s advocacy to foster respect and appreciation of each other’s diversities – from race and ethnicity, to cultural practices and life backgrounds – the delegates paid a visit last weekend to the brave soldiers who fought and were wounded in Marawi. 

The program’s main objective was to initiate an immersive experience to educate and create awareness for an issue that stems from a lack of openness and understanding of opposing views and opinions – something that affects not just the Philippines but also the rest of the world. 
The ladies listened to the soldiers’ stories of sacrifice and courage at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center in V. Luna, Quezon City. 

The 42 delegates who were presented last Monday were: Louisa Brown, Australia; Karina Kisialiova, Belarus; Francielly Ouriques, Brazil; Maleeka Singh, Canada; Wen Dou, China; Yully Bell Gomez, Colombia; Lydia Simonis-Tariu, Cook Islands; Kimberly Porras Boza, Costa Rica, Tiare Faundez, Easter Islands; Farah Kamal Abou-Seada, Egypt; Janeth

Steffany Erazo, El Salvador; Laura Deflandre, France; Anastasia Bersch, Germany; Annania Grace Nauta, Guam; Valeria Cardona, Honduras; O Ka Ki, Hong Kong; Donna Eunice Cruz, Iceland; Sonika Roy, India; Rita Nurmaliza, Indonesia; Yuki Sonada, Japan; Hyeonjin Song,

Korea; Souad Hanna, Lebanon; Si Yi Yuan, Macau; Kah Yin Lai, Malaysia; Aylasha Ramrachia, Mauritius; Jade Yanez, Mexico; Anundari Dahdorj, Mongolia; Htet Ei Kyaw, Myanmar; Sahara Basnet, Nepal; Morgan Doelwijt, Netherlands; Acacia Walker, New Zealand; Katerina

Medina, Nicaragua; Patricia Seminario, Peru; Ilene Astrid Cañete de Vera, Philippines; Viktoriya Dashieva, Russia; Lynette Chua, Singapore; Chanelle Soncini, South Africa; Hasini Samule, Sri Lanka; Francisca Wong Loi Sing, Suriname; Wen Yin Ting, Taiwan; Lisa Suwannaketkarn, Thailand; and Vuon Thanh Tuyen, Vietnam.

The pageant will air live on November 29 on Fox Life Asia.

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Newly crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez arrived last Monday and was given a rousing welcome party by Miss World Philippines Organization president Arnold L. Vegafria and general manager Bessie Besana.

Winwyn vowed to promote the Hispanic culture not just in Asia but all over the globe. She has realized this part of our culture, after having been under Spain for almost 400 years, is slowly dying and it is very important to preserve it because it is very much a part of who we are as a people. Alongside this mission, Winwyn – who prefers to be called Teresita from now on – also will campaign for her personal advocacy which is education, not only for the youth but also for all ages.

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Meanwhile, Winwyn’s co-titlist, Miss World Philippines Laura Victoria Fortunato Lehmann, will aim to win the country’s second Miss World title (after Megan Young in 2013) at the 67th edition of the tilt to be held at the Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China tomorrow night.

Laura has been picked as one of the Top 20 finalists for Beauty with a Purpose event that includes creating a milk bank for the maternity ward of Jose R. Reyes Memorial Center, aiming to provide the ward with milk pasteurizers, mechanical breast pumps and low temperature freezers for the benefit of neonatal patients.
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Mary Ann Garcia Mungcal will aim to win the first Miss Global crown for the country at the pageant’s finals to be held tonight at the Koh Pich Performing Theater in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The pageant encourages women to express their individuality, help hone their potentials for leadership and be ambassadors of cultural diversity.

Sherlyn Legaspi Doloriel will gun for the country’s second Miss Scuba International title (after Cindy Pacia Madduma who won in 2015) at the finals to be held at Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia tomorrow night. The pageant aims to save and protect our oceans.  
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