Samantha Bernardo goes for Miss Grand Int’l crown

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    Samantha Mae Bernardo

    MISS Grand Philippines Samantha Mae Bernardo, 27, will aim for the country’s first every Miss Grand International title at the 8th edition of the annual beauty pageant when the grand finals and coronation gathers 63 delegates worldwide at the state-of-the-art Show DC Hall in Bangkok, Thailand tomorrow.

    The earliest contestant to arrive in Bangkok, 5-foot-8 Sam, a native of Puerto Princesa, Palawan and twice runner-up at Binibining Pilipinas (in 2018 and 2019), was on her third try at the ongoing national pageant when she was plucked from the roster to compete in Bangkok after reigning Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Andrea Abesamis was unable to compete due to age restrictions.

    Sam wowed netizens with her “GrandNada walk” during the swimsuit challenge where she made it to the top 10 via online voting, at the same time attributed her pasarela skills to Kagandahang Flores’ head Rodgil Flores and senior trainer Georgette Garrido. She thanks Gold’s Gym’s Angelo Mendez for her perfectly toned body.

    Sam impressed pageant fans once more with a spectacular costume created by Patrick Isorena last Wednesday. The crucial closed-door interviews were held last Monday while the equally important preliminary competitions were held yesterday.

    Pageant Watch wishes Sam Bernardo all the best in tomorrow’s finals.

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    The Queen of Hearts Foundation Inc. announced last Wednesday the official start of the 2021 Miss Queen of Hearts Philippines. On its third edition, the nationwide search will be held virtually.

    Twenty ladies will be selected to make up the official roster of candidates. All pre-pageant activities and competitions, including Self Introduction & Tourism Video, Talent Round, National Costume, Swimwear and Evening Gown will be conducted virtually. Scheduled for May 2021, the coronation night date has yet to be announced and may possibly be held live.

    Eight international and national titles are at stake in the pageant as follows: Miss Philippines Global Universe, Miss Philippines Tourism Worldwide, Miss Philippines Lumiere International World, Miss Queen of Hearts Universe, Miss Queen of Hearts World, Miss Queen of Hearts International, Miss Queen of Hearts Earth, and Miss Queen of Hearts Global Tourism.

    The Miss Queen of Hearts Philippines, along with Mrs. Queen of Hearts Philippines, is organized by Queen of Hearts Foundation Inc. headed by Mitzie Go-Gil. The foundation’s mission is to help underprivileged communities in the country. Since its creation in December 2018, it has mounted numerous humanitarian and charity outreach programs throughout the country.

    Aspiring candidates may send their applications by sending a message to Miss Queen of Hearts Philippines Facebook page or sending a message to pageant director Andrew Duma-up or to pageant consultant Ferdinand Galdones Abejon.