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Miss Filipina International Crowns Texas Beauty After Global Search

MFI Crowning

     

      (LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 1, 2018).  A raucous and nervous crowd witnessed an intense competition for the titles of MISS FILIPINA INTERNATIONAL and MISS FILIPINA TEEN INTERNATIONAL on Saturday, July 28, 2018, before a packed audience at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA. 

       A total of 34 young ladies from several different countries and various US states competed for the title, hailing from France, Germany, Canada, Japan, Zambia and from the following states: Illinois, New Jersey, Colorado, California, Texas, Nevada and Washington.  All told, this inaugural global search was deemed a success by organizers of this annual contest.  Formerly known as Binibining Pilipinas USA, the previous national search was expanded this year to include every place around the world where Filipinos live, and a diverse group of candidates accepted the challenge of competing.  “The event is our own small tribute to the Filipino diaspora,” said Mildred Deang, Executive Producer and CEO of Insider Entertainment Group, LLC, the pageant’s organizer.  

   The audience was treated to a spectacular opening number, featuring a Cirque du Soleil dance troupe, and was ably hosted by fan favorite KC Montero,who returns as host from last year’s edition, and for her first-time hosting this pageant, the legendary “Concert Queen” Ms. Pops Fernandez.  Co-hosted by fashion reporter Joey Galon and former Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell, the Parade of National Costumes, a perennial crowd-pleaser, opened the show.  This was immediately followed by the Swimsuit Competition, Evening Gown and On-Stage Interviews.  

      Garnering top honors was 22-year old Camille Buensuceso, of Dallas, TX, while 17-year old Alyssa Santos, of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, took home the coveted Miss Filipina Teen International title.  

      Musical entertainment was provided by Chris Chatman, fresh off his Disney and Broadway stage performances, as he serenaded the finalists on their way to ultimate victory.   

      The distinguished panel of judges included former Miss Universe 1978 Margaret Gardiner, former Miss America winners Angela Baraquio-Grey and Carolyn Sapp Daniels, NBA legend Byron Scott, CeCe Gutierrez of VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” and rounded out by Tourism Attache and Director US & Latin America Richmond Jimenez, Hon. Thomas Small of Culver City, Porsche of Downtown LA GM Victor Ghassemi, Hollywood actor Carlin James, Celebrity jeweler Narcisa Pheres, world-renowned photographer Raymond Saldaña and Philippine Airlines Senior Executive Maricel Wall.

      This event was sponsored by: Philippine Department of Tourism – Los Angeles; Philippine Airlines – Official Airline Partner; JB Diamonds & Jewelry – Official Jeweler; Diamond Sponsors – Porshe of Downtown LA, Hunt Enterprises, Viva Entertainment; Platinum Sponsors – P&L Media, M Beauty by Dr. Tess, Liveli; Negen Zohar – Official Swimwear Provider; Gold Sponsors – MTS Law Firm, Chevrolet, Leelin Bakery & Cafe, Farah Abu, Estela Skin Care Clinic; Bronze Sponsors – MoneyGram, KB Training Center, Mambo International Kitchen, Gerry’s Restaurant & Bar; Official Tabulator – Harrington Group; VIP transportation by Donlyson Auto Concepts; Official Hair and Makeup Sponsors – Cherry’s Salon and April Love Pro Makeup Academy; Official Media Partner – Philippines & Asian Report; Patrons – Elaine Swann Enterprises, Gandi Wellness Center, Lotus Salon + Spa, Marijo’s Goodies.

      The complete list of winners is as follows:    

MISS FILIPINA INTERNATIONAL - #16 CAMILLE BUENSUCESO
MISS FILIPINA INTERNATIONAL - TOURISM - #5 SARAH NUNNINK
1ST RUNNER UP - #3 GISELLE CABEBE
2ND RUNNER UP - #15 PATRICIA CABRADILLA
3RD RUNNER UP - #20 KRYSTLE MANGACCAT

MISS FILIPINA TEEN INTERNATIONAL - #7 ALYSSA SANTOS
1ST RUNNER UP - #1 MAIREEN BARNACHEA
2ND RUNNER UP - #14 RILEY POSADAS
3RD RUNNER - #2 NATASHA SIAPNO
4TH RUNNER UP #10 MELEAH DELGADO

SPECIAL AWARDS:
TEENS:
Miss Teen Social Media: #3 Natasha Siapno
Miss Teen People's Choice: #10 Meleah Delgado
Miss Teen Congeniality: #2 Natasha Siapno
Miss Teen Best in Talent: #1 Maireen Barnachea 
Miss Teen Photogenic: #7 Alyssa Santos
Miss Teen Popularity: #3 Yllexa Pacina
Miss Teen Top Runway Model: #7 Alyssa Santos
Miss Teen Best in National Costume: #14 Alyssa Santos
Miss Teen Best in Swimsuit: #7 Alyssa Santos
Miss Teen Best in Evening Gown: #14 Riley Posadas

MISS:
Miss Social Media: #16 Camille Buensuceso
Miss People's Choice: #6 Kristen Marquez 
Miss Congeniality: #6 Kristen Marquez 
Miss Best in Talent: #4 Jenna Escobido 
Miss Photogenic: #16 Camille Buensuceso 
Miss Popularity: #6 Kristen Marquez
Miss Top Runway Model: #3 Giselle Cabebe
Miss Best in National Costume: #18 Lee-Anne Aranda
Miss Best in Swimsuit: #5 Sarah Nunnink 
Miss Best in Evening Gown: #16 Camille Buensuceso 
Miss Philippine Airlines: #5 Sarah Nunnink

     This elaborate production will air in its entirety as a 2-hour TV special on Sunday, August 19th, at 10:20 pm Pacific Time, and at various times in Europe, Middle East Asia and Canada.  Check your local listings.

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