Known to the world as a Powerhouse of Beauty Queens—the Philippines’ representatives took turns in bringing prestige to the motherland; and they are Elizabeth Clenci as second-runner-up at the Miss Grand International, Nelda Ibe as Miss Globe 2017’s first runner-up, Karen Ibasco as this year’s Miss Earth, and Teresita Ssen Marquez as Reina Hispanoamericana 2017, respectively.
Clenci, a Filipino-Australian from Mandaue City, Cebu was actually not a part of the top contenders to win in the country’s most prestigious local beauty pageant—Binibining Pilipinas but she succeeded Nicole Cordoves, who placed first runner-up in the 2016 Miss Grand International pageant.
She competed on November 25 in Vietnam on October 25.
Prior to winning the local title, she once suffered a skin condition (eczema), but that didn’t crush her. Armed with her musicality since she is a bassist—it gave her the boost to give the said local pageant twice.
The 24-year-old pilot Ibe snagged the first runner-up finish at the Miss Globe 2017 held in Albania on November 4, a few hours ahead of the ‘love for environment’ based international pageant.
She came in second to Do Tran Khanh Ngan of Vietnam as Miss Globe 2017. Elena Latypova of Siberia, Alessia Çoku of Albania, and Simone Heijligers of Cape Verde completed the Top 5.
Ibasco, a cum laude graduate from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in applied and medical physicson the other hand, is being bashed for her win on November 9 held here in Manila. But from what she said in an interview from GMA News Online, she said, “It’s never easy to win the crown in your own country because you have to make double even triple efforts to show to everyone that you’re fighting the battle at your best just like everybody else but what made my journey extra special was the overwhelming support I got from my fellow Filipinos.
“No amount of words will change the fact that the battle has already been won. I don’t take this crown for myself, It is for the whole Philippines. This battle was not mine alone but ours,” she continued. “I am proud in raising our flag for the whole world to witness. I would like to thank EVERYONE for the love, prayers and support you have given me in my unforgettable journey here in Miss Earth.”
And lastly, Marquez, the daughter of two showbiz parents—Alma Moreno and Joey Marquez surprised the country with her victory in Bolivia, November 5 (Manila time). It was the first time ever that the country participated in the Hispanic American Queen, an annual beauty pageant celebrating Hispanic heritage, language and culture.
Being the only Asian country and as a colony of Spain for over three centuries, and despite her minimal time to prepare and her very little ability to speak Spanish; her commitment to make great in the competition, fueled her to win. She bested 26 other beauties in the competition and succeeded Maria Camila Soleibe of Colombia.
Apart from her win, in the pageant preliminaries, she was also named with several special awards—Top 3 in the Traditional Costume category, first runner-up in the Miss Personality category and was a finalist to both Best Smile and Miss Silhouette categories, and was named the Ipanema Girl.
Certainly, the four Pinays have placed the map of the country in the global center stage with their respective triumphs because they all have world-class beauties, the brains and the boldness to make a difference as beauty queens.