PATTAYA CITY, Thailand (The Adobo Chronicles) – The Philippines may have failed to bag this year’s title of Miss Intermational, but another Filipina beauty has just been crowned Miss International Queen!
Trixid Maristela from the Philippines was crowned on November 6 at pageant finals held in Pattaya City, Thailand. She received her crown from last year’s winner, Isabella Santiago of Venezuela.
This is the second pageant win for the Philippines. In 2012, Kevin Balot was chosen the winner.
Miss International Queen is the world’s most prestigious and largest beauty pageant for tramsgender women from around the world. It has been held annually since 2004.
The contestants must have been born male, can be pre- or post-operation and between the age of 18 to 36. They can only represent their country of birth or that listed in their passport. Some of the pageant objectives are: creating transgender rights awareness among international communities, to build friendship, sportsmanship and exchange ideas between international LGBT communities.
The prize includes US $12,500 in cash plus the option of plastic surgery.
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles what she plans to do with her prize, Maristela said, “I’d like to spend the prize money helping Manila’s homeless children so that they do not have to go begging in the streets, and perhaps get a school education.”
“As far as the plastic surgery is concerned, why bother? I’m already beautiful. That’s why I won this pageant. I love how I look and I don’t need to change anything,” she added.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Twenty-seven candidates of Miss World Philippines 2015 were presented to members of the press at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City on Tuesday.
The winner of this year’s pageant will represent the country in the Miss World 2015 pageant to be held in Sanya, China.
Already, four contestants have emerged as early favorites to win the crown: Ma. Vanessa Wright, Jessica Rose Mc Ewen, Mia Allyson Howell and Janette Roanne Strum.
Notice that their surnames all suggest some mixed ethnicity.
Apparently, contestants gain extra points by having foreign-sounding surnames. After all, last year’s title holder was Valerie Weigmann who was preceded, of course, by the very first Filipina Miss World, Megan Young.
“This batch, they’re ready for the competition,” said Cory Quirino, national director of Miss World Philippines. “This batch is a representative of the Filipina from north to south, literally.”
And might we add, the “four corners of the globe!”
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It was her answer to the final question that sealed her victory as the new Miss Philippines-Earth. Asked what she thought of gay marriage, twenty-four-year-old Angelia Gabrena of Manila told the judges and audience that she didn’t mind having sex marriage.
While that response gained her notoriety in her country, it was a recent interview with CNN Philippines that brought her international acclaim.
Asked what she thought of the allegations that Senator Grace Poe, a potential 2016 Philippine presidential candidate, is a foundling whose citizenship and residency were put into question by her political opponents, Gabrena said, with much confidence:
“As a woman, I have very strong feelings about these allegations. It should definitely be investigated. Senator Poe — or any woman for that matter — should never be subjected to fondling. It’s a crime!”
It looks like the Philippines will be well represented in the upcoming Miss Earth Beauty Pageant.