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THE Miss Asia Pacific International 2016 beauty pageant kicked off with the presentation of the Darling of the Press special award to Miss Yangon during press conference held at the Manila Pavilion in Manila last Thursday.
Miss Yangon Nay Chi Lin topped the special award chosen by members of the press who attended the media presentation.
First runner-up was Miss Canada Natalie Carriere while Miss South Sudan was 2nd runner-up.
Forty candidates are competing at the relaunch of the Miss Asia Pacific International beauty pageant.
After a 10-year hiatus, the most popular beauty pageant in Southeast Asia made a grand comeback.
“It’s back and it is participated in by stunning delegates from around the world,” said Jacqueline Tan, president of the Mutya ng Pilipinas Organization, during the press presentation.
It started in 1968 as a non-stock, non-profit organization corporation with the aim of promoting tourism for the Philippines overseas. Its original name was Miss Asia Quest Inc. and it was the beginning of 48 years of beauty pageantry in the Philippines.
Tan said that the grand coronation night of the Miss Asia Pacific International contest will be held at the Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Nov. 23.
Other delegates of the beauty contest come from Australia, Bang-ladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Egypt, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Macau;
Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Siberia, Singapore, South Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam, and Yangon.
Ganiel Akrisha Krishan, 21, court-side reporter for the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, will represent the Philippines in the Miss Asia Pacific International pageant.
Krishan said that one of the best things about being in the Philippines these days is the people.
“Definitely I will not tell them about the traffic. But what I can tell them is about our people who are very responsible for their actions and they are hospitable,” she said.
The student from Far Eastern University said that she is also excited to bring her co-candidates to the Underground River in Palawan.
“Since the pageant will be held in Palawan, I want to take them to the Underground River which is one of the seven wonders of the world. I want them to tell their friends about this popular attraction,” said Krishan, a Filipino-Indian beauty queen.