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.

(See related stories Miss Myanmar is Miss Asia Pacific World 2014; Miss Philippines 3rd Runner-Up and Miss Philippines Hillarie Danielle Parungao top pick to win Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 crown in Korea


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.


Miss Puerto Rico is first-ever Miss Grand International, Miss Philippines 3rd runner-up

From 75 candidates (apparently 4 were not around during the preliminary competition), the girls were trimmed down to Top 20. From Top 20 for the Swimsuit Competition, only 10 advanced to the Evening Gown Competition. Then they were trimmed down to 5 for the question-and-answer portion.


After the final judging, Miss Puerto Rico Janelee Chaparro was crowned the first-ever Miss Grand International in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday night.


Declared 1st runner-up was Miss Dominican Republic Chantel Martinez (who also won Best in Evening Gown), Miss Slovak Republic Denisa Pacesiakova 2nd runner-up, Miss Philippines Annalie Forbes 3rd runner-up and Miss Australia Kelly Louise Maguire  4th runner-up.

Rounding up the Top 10 were Misses Brazil, Cuba, Latvia, Venezuela and Sri Lanka. Completing the Top 20 were Macedonia, China (who also won Best in National Costume), Netherlands, Pakistan, USA, Thailand, Myanmar (who was Miss Popular Vote), Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and Colombia.


The newly crowned Miss Grand International won USD30K and will stay in Bangkok for the duration of her reign at the luxurious The Tower Apartment.

Although live streaming was buffering, it was enough for fans to heat up the forum on YouTube. Non-Filipinos were asking why Pinoys kept bashing each other especially Ali’s use of the word donator instead of donor–thanking Thailand and the rest of the world for the help they extended to the victims of typhoon Yolanda.


Panama-based Beauty Pageant Grand Slam has declared the Philippines County of the Year for the various wins and placements Filipinos have so far achieved in 2013: Miss Tourism Queen Asia 2013-Christine Racel-3rd Runner-Up; Miss Humanity International 2013-Monica Misena-Top 5; Miss Teen Universe 2013-Patricia Andulte-Top 12; Mrs. Asia International Tourism 2013-Stephanie Malibiran-Winner, Lubesly Tellidus-1st Runner-Up; Miss Chinese Cosmos 2013-Felina Joyce Lim-1st Runner-Up; Miss ASEAN 2013-Clarize Barrameda-1st Runner-Up.

✩Miss Supranational 2013-Mutya Johanna Datul-Winner; ✩Miss World 2013-Megan Lynne Young-Winner;  Miss Tourism Queen International 2013-Cindy Miranda-Top 10; Miss Tourism World 2013-Aiyana Mikiewicz Top 20/MissTourism Asia; Miss Universe 2013-Ariella Arida-3rd Runner-Up; Miss Grand International 2013-Ali Forbes-3rd Runner-Up.


Ongoing is Mr. International in Indonesia with our candidate Gil Wagas and Miss Earth being held here in the country with Angelee delos Reyes. Bea Rose Santiago will try to get the 5th Miss International crown for the country when she competes in Japan next month.

Photos courtesy of Miss Grand International and Beauty Pageant Grand Slam.

Ali Forbes strongest contender in Thailand’s Miss Grand International 2013

Thailand has launched its own international pageant–Miss Grand International–which “aims to become the world’s leading international beauty contest under sponsorship from governments and organizations that will make a stand for the betterment of humanity.” Accordingly, the contest is also a perfect platform to maximize the power of social media.


Miss Philippines Annalie Forbes

MGI founder and president Nawal Itsaragrisil, a renown Thai TV host and reporter, said that in his travels to 170 countries he saw the effects of war and he thought that it’s through international understanding that could bring world peace. The best way is to gather delegates from all over the globe and spread beauty and foment camaraderie among nations.


MGI Founder/President Nawal Itsaragrisil

As this is the first-ever Miss Grand International, 71 contestants compete for the crown and title in Bangkok on November 19, telecast locally at 8 p.m. and on live streaming thru YouTube, Global Beauties and the pageant’s own website (

The Best in Swimsuit Top 20 were selected on November 10 at Pattaya and they are: Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Guinea, Latvia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Namibia, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Slovak Republic, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, Wales and Zimbabwe.


Miss Thailand Yada Theppanom

Best in National Costume Top 10 are China, Lebanon, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Thailand, Turkmenistan and Venezuela.

Preliminary Competition was held on November 17.

The Top 20 candidates (in order of scores) are: Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, USA, Russia, Portugal, Philippines, Wales, Slovak Republic, Vietnam, Thailand, Guatemala, Colombia, Paraguay, Australia, Estonia, Greece, Macedonia and Myanmar.


Miss Myanmar Htar Htet Htet

Leading in the Miss Popular Vote ( is Miss Myanmar Htar Htet Htet with almost 9,000 votes, followed by Miss Philippines Annalie Forbes with almost 7,000 votes. Miss Indonesia Novia Mamuaja is at more than 1,000 and hometown beauty Yada Theppanom at less than 200.

Annalie, popularly known as Ali Forbes, is considered the strongest candidate to win as first Miss Grand International, along with Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Cuba, Miss Puerto Rico, Miss Mexico, Miss Wales, Miss Myanmar, Miss Thailand, Miss China, Miss Indonesia and Miss France.


Miss Indonesia Novia Mamuaja

Ali is an information technology student, professional singer and part-time actress. Her thoughts how to stop the war: “…begins with simple acts of goodness and goodwill that puts smiles on people’s faces, touches and inspires the hearts of many…if we can find these in our hearts, it’s when wars will stop and only then humanity will be at most beautiful and so the world.”


Ali Forbes enters Best in National Costume Top 10 donning Igorota attire

Miss Grand International 2013 will receive a prize of 30 thousand US dollars and stay at The Tower in the midtown area of Bangkok during her reign. The 1st runner-up will receive USD10K, 2nd runner-up USD5K, 3rd runner-up USD2.5K and 4th runner-up USD1.5K. Each of the winners for Best in National Costume, Best in Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown and Miss Popular Vote will receive USD3K.

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Miss Philippines top favorite to win Miss Universe crown

Just a few days into the Miss Universe 2013 coronation in Moscow, Russia on November 9, Miss Philippines Ariella Arida continues to be the top favorite to win the title by beauty pageant aficionados all over the world.


After the preliminary competition on November 5 (streamed live through the Miss Universe website), Ariella strengthened her position as the candidate to beat in the 62nd edition of the most prestigious beauty contest. After host Russia, the Philippines drew the loudest cheer during the swimsuit and evening gown presentations.
Other countries that got loud cheers from the crowd were Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Ukraine and USA. Nicaragua was voted Best in National Costume.
Ariella’s excellent catwalk performance during the Tony Ward Mercedes Benz fashion show, her being chosen (along with Miss Russia, Miss Poland, Miss Austria, Miss Germany and Miss Mexico) for the Mercedes Benz commercial, and her win as Ice Princess in the Glam Shoot–all contributed to her being predicted to win the third Miss Universe crown for her country.
Being the most talked about candidate and having the strongest fan base, Ariella is also assured to have place in the Trump Card–a group pf 6 candidates, most of the time the frontrunners chosen by the Trump organization included in the Top 15–possibly together with Miss Russia (being the host country), Miss Brazil (since she’s also strong in the preliminaries and the host country next year), Miss Italy (as swimwear Yamamay is an Italian brand), Miss Turkey (by virtue of CHI as official Hair Care and Title sponsor) and Miss India (being strong in the preliminaries and also due to business-related issues).
Miss Spain, Miss Poland, Miss Russia and Miss Philippines. Closest competitors, closest chums. Courtesy of Beauty Pageant Grand Slam.
For online betting company (, Miss Philippines has maintained her position as the top bet, followed by Miss USA, Miss Spain, Miss Panama, Miss Venezuela, Miss Poland, Miss France, Miss Russia, Miss Australia, Miss Ukraine, Miss Colombia, Miss India, Miss Costa Rica, Miss Brazil and Miss Britain.
For Missosologist David ( the strongest crown contenders are Poland, Spain, Philippines, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
Considering Odds & Politics, he said of Ariella, “This girl is also everywhere. We always see her face in special events. This girl’s sash appears strong in this new era cause of the strong and phenomenal Filipina queens who were successful before her. So all countries eyes are focused to the Philippine representative (sic). Plus, coming from a pageant lover country, her victory could gain a big wave of attention to set the mind of the viewers back from Miss World.” For Venezuela, he declared, “She is VENEZUELA. The strongest sash of them all. It’s like Miss Universe is not complete without Venezuela, USA and Puerto Rico sash for short!”
Another Missosologist, by the name of Miss Twix, who combined astrology with personal assessment, chose 12 candidates to complete the astrological signs and said that Miss Philippines, being Scorpio, has the highest degree of luck of 9+. Following is Miss France (Gemini) 9, then Miss Spain (Pisces) 9-, Miss Poland (Cancer) and Miss Australia (Taurus) both 8.5; Puerto Rico (Aquarius), Great Britain (Leo) and India (Virgo) at 8; Venezuela (Aries) and Dominican Republic (Sagittarius) 7.5; Ecuador (Capricorn) 7+; and Russia (Libra) 7.
A photograph of the Moscow skyline shows what seems to be the blue, red and yellow colors of the Philippine flag, which fans consider ominous.
The Finals judges are: Steven Tyler–Aerosmith front man and lead singer and one-time “American Idol” judge; Chef Nobu— acclaimed chef proprietor of Nobu and Matsushisa restaurants; Tara Lipinski–gold medal figure skater and 2014 Winter Olympics analyst for NBC Olympics’ multi-platform coverage; Carol Alt–TV personality, star of Fox News Channel’s “A Healthy You and Carol Alt”, international supermodel, actress, author, entrepreneur and raw-food enthusiast; Anne V–supermodel, actress, philanthropist and mentor on Oxygen’s upcoming season of “The Face” with nine consecutive appearances in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue; Farouk Shami–founder of Farouk Systems, Inc. makers of CHI and presenting hair care sponsor of the 2013 Miss Universe Competition; Italo Fontana–pioneering designer of U-Boat Watches; and Philip Kirkorov–iconic Russian pop-star.
People are excited to know who Olivia Culpo’s successor will be on November 9. Miss Universe 2013 will be broadcast as follows:
  •    Sat 10:00 pm Moscow
  •     Sat 8:00 am Hawaii*
  •     Sat 10:00 am West Coast (Los Angeles*)
  •     Sat 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (New York*, Bogota) *The pageant will not be telecast live in the USA, Canada and territories. It will be shown delayed on NBC/Telemundo at 9 pm
  •     Sat 12:00 pm Mexico City
  •     Sat 1:30 pm Caracas
  •     Sat 12:00 pm Puerto Rico* See above
  •     Sat 3:00 pm Buenos Aires
  •     Sat 4:00 pm Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
  •     Sat 7:00 pm Central European Time
  •     Sat 8:00 pm Johannesburg
  •     Sat 11:30 pm New Delhi
  •     Sun 1:00 am (Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh, Bangkok)
  •     Sun 2:00 am (Manila, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur)
  •     Sun 3:00 am (Seoul, Tokyo)
  •     Sun 5:00 am (Sydney)
  •     Sun 7:00 am (Auckland)

TV Channels showing the pageant LIVE

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