Did you know that Miss World is the oldest running international beauty pageant?

A year older than the more popular Miss Universe pageant, Miss World was founded in the UK (United Kingdom) in 1951 by British TV host Eric Douglas Morley. The pageant is currently being managed by his wife Julia.

The current Miss World title holder is Stephanie Del Valle from Puerto Rico.

The Queens

Locally, the Miss World Philippines organization was founded seven years ago in 2011 with Gwendoline Gaelle Sandrine Ramos Ruais as its first title holder. Two years after that, Megan Lynne Talde Young became the Philippines’ very first Miss World title holder in 2013. Our reigning Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray almost snatched the crown again when she landed third runner-up to Miss Puerto Rico last year.

Megan Young and Catriona Gray

In a grand media event held at the New World Hotel in Makati City last Friday (July 7), Queens Megan Young, Gwendoline Ruais and Catriona Gray were joined by two other Miss World Philippines winners Queeneerich Ajero Rehman (2012) and Hillarie Danielle Ann Parungao (2015) to announce the launch of Miss World Philippines 2017 and some very important changes in the pageant.

Miss World Philippines – Queens

Megan Young said during the event that all the former Miss World Philippines will be hands-on from the selection process and up until they send the new Queen to the big league. Miss World Philippines 2017 will have their full support.

The next Miss World pageant is scheduled on November 18 in Shenzhen, China.

Under New Management

First off, we were greeted by the new National Director of Miss World Philippines, Arnold Vegafria of ALV Talent Circuit who manages the careers of some of the biggest local celebrities like Billy Crawford, Karylle, Manny Pacquiao, Carla Abellana and many others.

Arnold Vegafria

Aside from Vegafria, the pageant has also appointed fashion designer Bessie Besana as its new General Manager.

The event was hosted by actress-host Iya Villania-Arellano.

Iya Villania

New Crown, Theme Song and Venue

Miss World Philippines 2017 will also sport a new crown and Megan Young will oversee the designs which promises to be more elegant than the previous one. The pageant’s grand coronation night scheduled on the 3rd of September will also be held in a much larger venue – the Mall of Asia Arena to be exact. Minor events will be held at New World Hotel.

Megan Young

Aside from the new venue and crown, Miss World Philippines 2017 will also have a new theme song courtesy of RNB royalties Jay-R Sillona and Kris Lawrence.

New Pageant Titles

This year’s Miss World Philippines pageant will also unveil three new titles:

  • Miss Eco Philippines 2017
  • Miss Reina Hispano Americana Filipinas 2017
  • Miss Multinational Philippines 2017

The Miss Eco International 2018 pageant will be held in Alexandria, Egypt on April 2018, while the Reina Hispano Americana 2017 coronation night will be held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on November 2017. The Miss Multinational pageant will take place in New Delhi, India.

New Fast Track Events

Miss World Philippines 2017 will also have a new pageant format, one that will closely replicate the international competition with the following fast track events:

  • Brand Fashion Show
  • Charity Gala Night
  • Sports Challenge
  • Beach Beauty Challenge
  • Charity Day

New Advocacy

Aside from the grand production elements, this year’s Miss World Philippines pageant becomes even more meaningful because of its renewed commitment to its charitable advocacies.

The Miss World Philippines organization has chosen the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center as its beneficiary, with particular focus on the care and rehabilitation of its indigent pediatric patients.

How to Join?

The deadline for application is on July 22, 2017. Interested applicants may submit their documents together with their photos in person at the Miss World Philippines Secretariat (Suite 507, Taipan Place, F. Ortigas Jr., Ortigas Center), or email to: secretariat@missworldphilippines.org.

For more information, log on to www.missworldphilippines.org, or check Facebook: MissWorldPhilippinesOrg, Twitter: MsWorldPhil, or Instagram: msworldph.

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