Miss World Philipp5ines on Sunday

Inquirer Libre - Davao - - PANGUNAHING PAHINA - By Armin P. Adina Photos by Kimberly dela Cruz

EVER since Cory Quirino took over the selection of the country’s representative to the Miss World pageant in 2011, the Philippines has consistently placed in the international contest, even bagging its first victory courtesy of Megan Young in 2013.

“The very first year, we were using our gut feel, our instinct. Who is she? What is the Miss World Organization looking for? After Megan won in 2013, we had a very good idea as to the heart and the mind of the Miss World,” Cory told INQUIRER LIBRE during the candidates’ presentation at the Sampaguita Garden in Quezon City earlier this month.

“Our focus is more centered now on candidates who fit the ideal, dream candidate and winner for Miss World. Like Megan, she should be the total package-body, mind, spirit, heart, everything,” she added.

Taking her cue from her international partners, Cory also did away with a minimum height requirement for this year’s search.

“Even the Miss World Organization does not have a height requirement. If you look at past Miss World winners, two from India are around 5’4” or 5’5” only. So we decided to be inspired by the Miss World and not put a height requirement,” she explained.

"Far more important are their charm, looks, self-assurance and winnability,” added the INQUIRER Lifestyle columnist.

Last year’s winner, Hilarie Parungao, who finished in the Top 10 in the 2015 Miss World pageant held in China, said winning the title is a huge thing.

"Being able to represent the Philippines in an international contest is the most amazing ex- perience. I was also able to advance my causes. I have my own foundation, the “Katuwang” which fights child mortality. I had a fulfilling year,” she told INQUIRER LIBRE.

Hilarie added: “I’m more confident now. It’s different when you’re a candidate and when you have the crown. People listen to what you say, and help in what you do.”

The 2016 Miss World Philippines coronation night will be staged at the Manila Hotel on Oct. 2, with a delayed telecast on GMA7 on the same evening.

The PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER is a media partner of the 2016 Miss World Philippines pageant.

NATIONAL pageant director Cory Quirino and 2015 Miss World Philippines Hilarie Parungao give the traditional ‘beauty queen wave’ together with this year ’s batch of aspirants.

CATRIONA Gray, Albay

SANDRA Lemonon, Pasig City

CASEY Austria, Albay

MARAH Muños, Parañaque City

ROSHIEL Asingua, Cebu City

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