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Monday, August 17, 2009

Pinay beauties in competition abroad

From Funfare’s New York-based “beauty expert” Felix Manuel, this update on two Pinay beauties now competing abroad, 2009 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Pamela Bianca Ramos Manalo at the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant in the Bahamas (grand finals slated for next Monday, Aug. 24, covered live by ABS-CBN starting at 8:30 a.m.) and Marie Razel Triff Eguia at the 2009 Miss Tourism Queen International Pageant in China:

2009 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Pamela Bianca Ramos Manalo is making waves in the Bahamas. After the initial Swimsuit Presentation and the National Costume Show, Bianca is currently among the top favorites to make it to the finals. Bianca is now regarded as the top Asian contender among pageant websites and pageant aficionados.

A friend who is in the Bahamas reported that Bianca always draws the loudest applause among the Asian ladies. The Latin girls have the biggest contingent of supporters. Early favorites this year aside from Bianca are Misses Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Spain, USA, Mexico, Belgium, Czeck Republic and Australia. Filipino pageant fans are hoping that Bianca will end our 10-year drought in the pageant. Miriam Quiambao was the last Filipina to get past the semi-finals in 1999, eventually placing second to Botswana’s Mpule Kwelagobe.

Meanwhile, Carousel Productions recently appointed Marie Razel Triff Eguia, 22, as this year’s representative to the 2009 Miss Tourism Queen International Pageant to be held in Zhengzhou, China, on Aug. 30. She was 2008 Miss Philippines-Air (representing Dipolog). Her vital statistics are: 5’7.5" and 34-26-34. A graduate of Accountancy from St. Vincent’s College, she has several campus titles tucked under her belt prior to joining 2008 Miss Philippines-Earth. Our very own Justine Vinluan Gabionza was crowned Miss Tourism Queen International in 2006.

Miss Tourism Queen International was founded by Charlie See. Since 1949, there have been more than 80 countries occasionally holding this competition for their Miss Tourism National Queen. In 1993, the Miss Tourism Queen International Organization held the first world final competition in Sri Lanka, and later in USA, Russia, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and many other countries as well. Miss Tourism Queen International contests have been held in China for six years, from 2004 to 2009.

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