Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018

The pageant season has finally arrived. Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 candidates were officially presented to the media on Monday, September 3, at the Ascott Hotel in Makati.

All 50 Mutya ng Pilipinas candidates by the pool at Ascott Makati

“In the past, our Mutya ng Pilipinas beauty queens became the country’s ambassadors of tourism and culture. Now, we want a pageant that promotes the Filipino women, a stage for them to be empowered, identified, and given credence,” MPI Chairman Fred Yuson said.

“Through the Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant, I believe the Filipino women can shine bright in the world showcasing our beauty, our heritage, our history, and our future,” he added.

For its very significant 50th edition, a commemorative book of Mutya ng Pilipinas will be launched. New crowns were also customized for the winners. Designed by Hoseki, they were presented by the reigning titleholders — Ilene Astrid de Vera, Mutya ng Pilipinas – Asia Pacific International; Jannie Loudette Alipo-on, Mutya ng Pilipinas – Tourism International; and Angela Carla Sandigan, Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2017 1st Runner-Up.

This season, MPI have 50 contenders vying for the crown — 10 from Metro Manila, 17 from Luzon, 8 from Visayas and Mindanao, and 15 from various Filipino overseas communities. These Filipina beauties sashayed their way on the catwalk wearing swimsuits by designer Domz Ramos. They also showcased their wit by gamely answering questions from the press, most of which are about their advocacies.

Three candidates were given the Darling of the Press award during the press presentation, with Mary Justine Teng of Muntinlupa emerging as the top winner. Agatha Romero of Manila was 1st runner-up, while Nina Ancheta of Pampanga was 2nd runner-up.

For its golden edition, four titles are at stake to represent the country in various competitions:

Mutya ng Pilipinas – Miss Asia Pacific International, which will be held in Manila from September 14 to October 4, 2018;

Mutya ng Pilipinas – Miss Tourism International 2018, who will compete in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from December 4 to 23, 2018;

Mutya ng Pilipinas – Miss Global Beauty Queen, which will be held in Seoul, Korea in May 2019;

Mutya ng Pilipinas – Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International, who will compete in China from November 1 to 18, 2018

The grand coronation night will be on September 16 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The 50 beauty queen aspirants:

Ritchel Mendiola
Ritchel Mendiola

Ritchel Mendiola is a feature writer based in the Philippines. In addition to writing for Balikbayan Magazine, she is a news correspondent for Asian Journal News-Manila.

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