MAPW 2014 3rd Runner-Up Miss Philippines Hillarie Parungao home, shares insight on controversies hounding pageant

Miss Philippines Hillarie Danielle Parungao is home and posted on Facebook her insight on the controversies hounding the recently concluded Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 pageant held in Seoul, Korea where she ended 3rd Runner-Up to Miss Myanmar May Myat Noe.


Miss Asia Pacific World Philippines 2014 Hillarie Danielle Ang Parungao in her National Costume

First Runner-Up was Miss Korea, 2nd Runner-Up was Miss Macau, Miss India was 4th Runner-Up, Miss Singapore was 5th Runner-Up and Miss Thailand was 6th Runner-Up.

Miss Philippines also won the Grand National Costume Award.

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MAPW 2014 and the Runners-Up. Extreme right is 3rd Runner-Up Miss Philippines Hillarie Parungao

In her post, Hillarie said it’s time to move forward and she’d be glad to mentor other candidates if they want to join said pageant someday.

“Obviously, I was disappointed I didn’t win the crown. Initially it was a shock to me. Indeed this pageant is an example of contests that is debated fiercely by fans, fought well by candidates, and the final results are questioned by the popular will.

“But after talking to Lawrence Choi, it is time to move forward and look at different directions. My conversation with Lawrence Choi was enlightening, and gave me a better understanding of international pageants. He kept repeating that this is my first international pageant, and that there are so many things I didn’t know. Because of his counsel, I felt like a winner in a way: I won a lot of information that will only help me become stronger, knowledgeable, and improve my craft. I hope that this information can help me mentor other candidates especially if they want to join this pageant someday.

“When I left the country to compete in this international pageant, my promise is to make you all proud. I did not win the crown, but I hope you realize that I kept my promise. I hope I did not disappoint, and made you feel proud that I represented the country well. Let me say how thankful I am to the many people who supported and believed in me. As I try to fulfill my remaining days as Ms. Asia Pacific World Philippines 2014, please stay there with your love, prayers and support.

“‘The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.’”


Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 May Myat Noe of Myanmar with !st Runner-Up Miss Korea and 2nd Runner-Up Miss Macau

Jess, a reader of this blog and himself a WordPress blogger, commented on the article Controversy hounds Miss Asia Pacific World anew

“I was there. It was a big joke. I had tickets & table no. obtained weeks before. As I arrived at the venue, a local guy was going around trying to sell tickets to the event. Went into the venue & shocker. Our table was occupied.Tried to get some answers but no one could help. Some guy told us to just take whatever seat available. Hey, there are 10 of us. Can’t split up the group. Then door gifts for patrons were given to locals only. Big joke of the day….some of them were dressed in shorts.
Anyway, we had to stand there for half of the event. Then it turned into an awards show for local artistes. No translations whatsoever. Then whole pageant was rushed. Even bigger joke, Miss Myanmar won. Yeah, we know. Results already printed days before. She needed the first prize badly…..acting lessons. What a fake!! So much more to comment but running out of space here! In short, worst rigged competition ever.”

Moving forward, let Myanmar savor its first-ever international beauty title and crown, however minor it may be.


At Seoul Central Plaza

For the rest of the national pageants sending representatives to Miss Asia Pacific World, just use discretion.

Hillarie, on the other hand, is still young, very articulate and many see her to clinch a major title for her country in the near future.


Controversy hounds Miss Asia Pacific World anew

A controversy, although different from a previous one, is still a controversy.

This looks like what hounds Miss Asia Pacific World again in this year’s contest.

Won by Miss Myanmar May Myat Noe, all the other six finalists were from AsiaMiss Korea (1st Runner-Up), Miss Macau (2nd Runner-Up), Miss Philippines (3rd Runner-Up), Miss India (4th Runner-Up), Miss Singapore (5th Runner-Up) and Miss Thailand (6th Runner-Up).


Rounding up the Top 15 were two more AsiansMiss Pakistan and Miss Sri Lanka – while the rest come from countries situated along the Pacific Ocean: Trinidad & Tobago, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Honduras and Slovakia.

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Only a total of 47 entrants came to Seoul, Korea out of the expected 70 candidates.

The male English-speaking host averred that this year’s production is a lot better compared to last year’s. However, there’s so much to be desired of in this modelling and talent contest cum beauty pageant which originated in Korea.

(Miss Asia Pacific World is entirely different from and no connection at all with the defunct Miss Asia Pacific International or Miss Asia Pacific Quest organized by Filipinos held in Manila until its last staging in 2005 in Guangzhou, China.)

The first Miss Asia Pacific World held in 2011 was marred by various controversies – the sex-for-placement scheme as claimed by Miss Wales, Miss Guyana and Miss Costa Rica, the non-existent prize which made winner Miss Korea immediately resign the following day with Miss France taking over but was dethroned a month before the new contest with Miss Ukraine proclaimed as successor, no food provision for the candidates and poor hotel accommodation that made some of them sleep on the floor, giving awards to delegates even without the benefit of showing their mettle in the categories and candidates assured of top ranking way before the contest started.


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On Sunday, a day after the contest, Miss Philippines posted a cryptic message on Facebook.

“I celebrate only for what is fairly judged… Thank you to everyone who believed and supported me all the way!;)”

On Monday, a copy of the program flow showing a Final Interview segment for the Top 7 was also posted on social media. That Q & A portion was the deciding factor as to who should win the crown. As everyone knows (those in the venue and those watching the proceedings via live stream), that did not happen.

Analyzing the situation, it could be because of communication barrier—only one of the four hosts spoke English, and most probably out of the Top 7 only Miss Philippines and Miss India could speak English fluently.


The question is, how can the finalists share about their advocacies or just simply share their thoughts on any issue if the Final Interview was scrapped? Apparently, the scrapping of the portion was done at the last minute, otherwise it would have not been in the program flow at all.

Hillarie prepared for that moment. As shown in the transcript of her Missosology interview, the Filipina beauty is an advocate of children’s causes and was very excited to share to the Asia Pacific World her platform.

One of the judges was allegedly the national handler of Miss Macau and Miss Hong Kong. Out of the five, three placed Miss Philippines as #1, the other two did not. Was it right for the organizers to put a judge in the panel when he’s the handler of two contestants?

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The supposed-to-be Asia Pacific expanse was confined to the Korean peninsula at that very moment. No, it should be even a smaller area – around the streets of Seoul or even just within the four walls of Grand Hilton Hotel.

For the organizers, why go through the tedious process of staging an international beauty contest when you can do it the way where you are good at, like K-Pop Star search? That will surely erase the stigma of biased judgment as you can say it is done the Korean way and not according to international standards.

There are no complaints yet of sexual harassment, hunger or candidates being peddled to judges and sponsors (or maybe the girls just don’t want to talk) like what happened in 2011.


So if the organizers want to continue with this “noble endeavor” they should shape up to put credibility to their contest or the Interpol will be secretly watching next time.

Interestingly, the people of Myanmar are now the most active online voting participants, eclipsing the Philippines. Aside from the crown and title, May Myat Noe also won Missosologists’ Choice Award by garnering 223,133 votes as against Miss Philippines’ 151,971 and far third placer Miss Ecuador’s 23,645.


Myanmar first showed its strength online when Htar Htet Htet was declared winner of Miss Popular Award in the first Miss Grand International pageant held in Bangkok, Thailand last November 19, 2013. She was ahead by 2,000 votes to second placer Miss Philippines Annalie Forbes, who eventually ended 3rd Runner-Up. Miss Puerto Rico Janelee Chaparro was proclaimed the first-ever Miss Grand International.

First Runner-Up was Miss Dominican Republic Chantel Martinez (who also won Best in Evening Gown), Miss Slovak Republic Denisa Pacesiakova 2nd Runner-Up, and Miss Australia Kelly Louise Maguire 4th Runner-Up.

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Miss Myanmar is Miss Asia Pacific World 2014; Miss Philippines 3rd Runner-Up

Miss Myanmar May Myat Noe was crowned Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 at the Grand Hilton Hotel in Seoul, Korea Saturday.

This marks the first time Myanmar (formerly Burma) has ever won an international beauty title.


Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 May Myat Noe of Myanmar with her court

Proclaimed 1st Runner-Up was the home country’s representative Kim Eea, while Miss Macau Hio Man Cha was 2nd Runner-Up.

Beauty powerhouse Philippines came out 3rd Runner-Up with Hillarie Danielle Parungao also given the Grand National Costume special award.


Miss Philippines Hillarie Parungao: 3rd Runner-Up and Grand National Costume winner

It was an Asian domination as the rest of the Top 7 were Miss India, 4th Runner-Up; Miss Singapore, 5th Runner-Up; and Miss Thailand, 6th Runner-Up.

Completing the Top 15 from among 47 entrants were Miss Trinidad & Tobago, Miss Pakistan, Miss Czech Republic, Miss Ecuador, Miss Germany, Miss Honduras, Miss Slovakia and Miss Sri Lanka.


The lovely contestants in their National Costumes

Special awards were also given out to Miss Honduras, Grand Swimsuit; Miss Australia, Grand Multimedia; Miss Armenia, Grand Vocal; Miss Pakistan, Grand Dance; Miss Georgia, Grand Supermodel; Miss Romania, Grand Fashion; and Miss Slovakia, Grand Talent.

The last two previous winners were Indian beauties – Srishti Rana in 2013 and Himangini Singh Yadu in 2012.

Miss Myanmar also won Missosologists’ Choice Award by garnering 223,133 online votes as against Miss Philippines’ 151, 971 and far third placer Miss Ecuador’s 23,645.

Along with other Myanmar’s representatives to international pageants, May Myat Noe was trained in Manila the way Filipino beauty queens are being prepared for their stints abroad.


Miss Myanmar’s crowning moment

Click video link to watch the coronation of Miss Asia Pacific World 2014

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Photos from Miss Asia Pacific World Super Talent Organization, Miss Asia Pacific World Philippines, Missosology and Beauty Pageant Grand Slam.

Miss Venezuela is Miss Earth 2013; Austria, Thailand and Korea as Misses of the Elements

Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich was proclaimed Miss Earth 2013 in eco-friendly ceremonies at the Versailles in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines Saturday night. The 22-year-old beauty bested 87 other candidates from all over the globe to be this year’s queen of female earth warriors. In her bio she said, “Taking care of our water is taking care of ourselves, water is life. Let’s keep it clean.”


Crowned Miss Air was Miss Austria Katia Wagner, while Miss Thailand Punika Kulsoontornrut was declared Miss Water and Miss Korea Catharina Choi as Miss Fire.

Rounding up the Top 8 were Miss Philippines, Miss Mexico, Miss Poland and Miss Serbia. The remainder of the group that advanced to the  semi-finals were Misses Turkey, Chile, France, China, Mauritius, Spain, Poland and USA.

In her answer to the question, “How does eco-tourism contribute to the protection of the environment?” Miss Venezuela said, “Because we people are responsible also for destruction (of) our nature, we need to be aware and take care of Mother Earth.”
Favorites Miss India and Miss Ukraine did not make it to Top 16. The surprise was Miss Austria who was not mentioned a lot in the predictions but almost got the main title.
As the host country’s representative, Angelee delos Reyes did her best in the Q & A. Her question, “It’s been a month since Haiyan hit the Philippines, how do you think Mother Earth feels now?”
She answered: “It feels like Mother Earth is very sad of what’s happening, that’s also in the song I wrote about what’s happening to our environment nowadays, environmental problems… I think typhoon Yolanda didn’t just happen to devastate Philippines and other countries but a wake up call or to make us realize that we must take care of one another, take care of the Earth, environment, so that it will take care of us in return. So together, let’s save our Earth not just for the people of today but the generations to come.”
Miss Earth 2012 Tereza Fajksova of Czech Republic ended her reign with a serenade by singer-recording artist David Pomeranz who rendered his hit song, “Got To Believe.”
Venezuela, having won two titles in the Big 4 Pageants (with Miss Universe Gabriela Isler) has dislodged the Philippines as the Country of the Year (with Miss World Megan Young).
The Philippines, though, can reclaim the glory if Bea Rose Santiago wins Miss International in Japan culminating on December 17. Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul has added to the Philippines’ hold as a beauty powerhouse. Ariella Arida was third runner-up in the Miss Universe. In the debuting Miss Grand International in Thailand won by Miss Puerto Rico Janelee Chaparro, Ali Forbes placed third runner-up, too.
Live stream was on and and shown live on TV on Star World. Delayed telecast on ABS-CBN Sunday before ASAP.