Forensic anthropologist from Davao joins 2017 Miss World Philippines

Inquirer Libre - Davao - - PANGUNAHING PAHINA - Ni Armin P. Adina @diyarista

NOELLE Fuentes Uy-Tuazon, a US-educated forensic anthropologist from Davao City, is among this year’s lot of 35 aspirants for the 2017 Miss World Philippines crown who were presented at the New World Hotel in Makati City earlier this month.

This year’s batch is the biggest in the national pageant’s six-year history. National director Arnold Vegafria said the local search attracted a huge turnout this year.

Uy-Tuazon, 25, got a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology minor in Geography from the Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

While in the US, she volunteered with the Texas State University Osteological Research and Processing Laboratory.

Here in the country, Uy-Tuazon works as a research assistant in the University of the Philippines Manila. She also helps in the family-owned MVF Pro Business Recruitment Agency as its assistant general manager.

Uy-Tuazon will compete against aspirants from around the country and from the Filipino community in California.

Aside from the main title Miss World Philippines, this year’s local pageant will also proclaim three other winners—Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas, Miss Multinational Philippines and Miss Eco Philippines.

Joining Uy-Tuazon in the formidable batch of aspirants are familiar faces who have taken part in other national competitions such as the Binibining Pilipinas, Mutya ng Pilipinas and Miss Philippines-Earth pageants.

Among the more familiar candidates vying for the titles are 2014 Binibining Pilipinas first runner up Laura Lehmann and Bb. Pilipinas semifinalist Winwyn Marquez.

Lehmann is now a courtside reporter for ABS-CBN Sports & Action channel and a host for the Lifestyle Network. Marquez, meanwhile, is a Kapuso actress.

Also in contention are 2015 Miss Philippines-Ecotourism Jona Sweett and 2015 Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International Janela Joy Cuaton, who finished second in the 2016 Miss Tourism Metropolitan pageant in Cambodia.

They are joined by 2016 Miss Tourism Philippines Ethel Abellanosa and 2016 Reyna ng Aliwan Cynthia Thomalla.

Miss World Philippines Gen- eral Manager Bessie Besana has earlier revealed that the tilt will conduct “fast-track” events similar to what the global Miss World pageant has been doing.

The candidates will compete in the Beach Beauty, Top Model, Talent, Sports Challenge and Charity events.

The winners in these fasttrack events will automatically advance to the semifinal round.

Last year’s winner, Catriona Gray who placed fourth in the international stage, will relinquish her crown as Miss World Philippines on Sept. 3 in ceremonies to be staged at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Her successor will participate in the 2017 Miss World pageant in China in November.

FAMILIAR faces are among the 35 Miss World Philippines candidates.

PHOTOS BY ALEXIS CORPUZ

NOELLE Fuentes Uy-Tuazon form Davao City earned her degree in the United States

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