Miss Philippines Hillarie Danielle Parungao is considered the candidate to beat in the ongoing Miss Asia Pacific World contest in Seoul, Korea.
The 22-year-old freelance print/photographic model who hails from Solano, Nueva Vizcaya stands 5’8” and attends Trinity University of Asia.
Miss Philippines Hillarie Parungao
Reports reaching her homeland say that Hillarie is considered by preliminary judges as having the most beautiful face of all Filipina queens this year.
The winner among 47 candidates (out of the expected 70 entrants) from different countries around the world will be proclaimed on May 31, 2014 at the Grand Hilton Hotel in the South Korean capital.
It’s been a back-to-back win for India in this beauty pageant cum modelling cum talent competition – Himangini Singh Yadu in 2012 and Srishti Rana in 2013.
Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 Srishti Rana of India
The four-year-old contest started by Lawrence Choi of Elite Asia Pacific Company had a very controversial start in 2011.
Miss Wales Amy Willerton caused worldwide controversy when she and some other delegates claimed the contest was fixed because Miss Venezuela was already assured of a runner-up finish even before the competition started.
The complaining girls demanded answer from organizers and not a few of them also made claims they were offered placement in exchange for sex.
Willerton, Miss Costa Rica and Miss Guyana left the hotel hours before the pageant proper and headed to the airport but reportedly harassed by airport staff.
As they were leaving, home country representative Park Sae Byul won the contest held in Busan on October 15, 2011 but resigned the following day because she learned she was not getting any of the announced prize money, bequeathing the crown and title to 1st Runner-Up Miss France Florima Triber.
Later, Miss Guyana Aletha Shepherd uploaded a video on YouTube called Confessions Of A Beauty Queen, chronicling their experience in Korea.
(Amy Willerton went on to represent Great Britain in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant in Moscow, Russia and advanced to Top 10. It was won by Miss Venezuela Gabriella Isler with Miss Philippines Ariella Arida placing 3rd Runner-Up.)
The French beauty was dethroned as Miss Asia Pacific World 2011 because of attitude problem (uncooperative and reportedly took the crown to a jeweler and got mad when she learned it did not even cost USD 10K, among other breaches) and instead of the 2nd Runner-Up Miss Russia or 3rd Runner-Up Miss Indonesia taking over, it was Top 15 Miss Ukraine Diana Starkova who was given the crown and title on May 12, 2012. A little over a month later a new winner was proclaimed – Miss India Himangini Singh Yadu.
The Philippine bet in the Miss Asia Pacific World 2011 was Michelle Martha Braun. She did not place.
In 2012, Grendel Alvarado made it to Top 15 and won two special awards: Best Evening Gown and Best Model.
Last year’s bet ‘Star In A Million’ alumna Czarina Rosales
In 2013, Czarina Rosales was Top 15 and awarded Miss Talent, Miss Asia Pacific World Star, Best Model and The World’s Most Beautiful Supertalent.
The first international beauty title and crown for 2014 was won by a Filipina, Angeli Dionne Gomez of Cebu City, when she was proclaimed Miss Tourism International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia shortly after midnight on December 31, 2013.
It was actually a back-to-back win for the Philippines as Miss Tourism International 2012/2013 was Rizzini Alexis Gomez, also of Cebu (no blood relation with Angeli).
Miss Tourism International 2013/2014 Angeli Dionne Gomez: Philippines’ ‘buena mano’ queen
The phenomenal wins of Filipinas in 2013 – Miss Supranational Mutya Johanna Datul, Miss World Megan Young, Miss International Bea Rose Santiago – and Top 5 finishes of Ariella Arida (3rd Runner-Up) in Miss Universe, Annalie Forbes (3rd Runner-Up) in Miss Grand Slam International, Koreen Medina (3rd Runner-Up) in Miss Intercontinental, plus the Top 8 finish of Angelee Delos Reyes in Miss Earth, made the Philippines the Country of the Year in beauty pageantry.
Philippines asserted its position as not just the beauty powerhouse in Asia but also in the whole world.
As of this writing, except Miss World Philippines for the very possible successor to Megan Young, the country’s candidates to the major contests have been chosen: Mary Jean Lastimosa for Miss Universe, Mary Ann Bianca Guidotti for Miss International, Yvethe Marie Santiago for Miss Supranational, Kris Tiffany Janson for Miss Intercontinental and Parul Shah for Miss Tourism Queen International.
Miss Earth Philippines 2014 is Jamie Herrell.
Hillarie turns heads wherever she goes
In her Missosology (www.missosology.org) interview, Hillarie answered the final question intelligently, as to what qualities she feels that would make her a great Miss Asia Pacific World:
“Most Asian women do not live a comfortable life compared to those in the Western world; I grew up with less privileges, that I can be a true advocate to many Asian causes, most especially on women and children. If I may add, I also come from a country where we are taught (being) beautiful is beyond skin deep. I believe these qualities will make me a true beautiful ambassador for Asian causes,” the Philippine beauty said.
Hillarie in her bikini pose
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Miss Asia Pacific World is not in any way connected with the defunct Miss Asia Pacific International (formerly Miss Asia Pacific Quest), a beauty pageant which originated in the Philippines that had its last staging in 2005 in Guangzhou, China with Leonora Jimenez of Costa Rica winning the title but was dethroned and replaced by Miss Russia Yevgeniya Lapova.
Filipinas who won the title were Carines Zaragoza in 1982, Gloria ‘Bong’ Dimayacyac in 1983, Lorna Legaspi in 1989 and Michelle Aldana in 1993. Other prominent Philippine representatives were Alice Crisostomo, Caroline Masibay, Yvette Marie Alfon, Rio Diaz, Lorraine Schuck, Rosemarie De Vera, Mutya Crisostomo Laxa, Marilyn Maristela and Darlene Carbungco.