MANILA, Philippines – The Miss International pageant inaugurated the upcoming 61st competition with the hashtag #MissInternationalOurTimeHasCome on various social media platforms, and was followed by posting the photos and profiles of the 2023 delegates.
“It’s our time! Our time has come. It’s our turn! They are not anymore,” Stephen Diaz, the Philippine chief director of the Miss International pageant organizer International Cultural Association (ICA), told INQUIRER.net in an online interview.
The Japan-based international league will welcome delegates to Tokyo next month for the 2023 pageant, which will culminate in a coronation show on Oct. 26 at Yoyogi Gymnasium No. 2 in Shibuya Ward.
Diaz said: “Miss International was very quiet and content for a long time as she stood on the sidelines. But now major national pageants want us. Miss International is now the most important crown at several national pageants with a long history.”
The 59-year-old Binibining Pilipinas pageant has named the Miss International delegate as the top national winner in the annual competition since 2021. And for the first time this year, 31-year-old Puteri Indonesia will send its top winner to the annual competition. said the global tilt. The 89-year-old Señorita Colombia pageant will also send the top 2023 winner to the competition in Tokyo.
Several other sustainable national competitions in other countries have also followed suit and have identified the Miss International pageant as the competition where they will field their respective winners from this year onwards.
“Our time has come, and this is it. There is no way back. We bring pageantry to the world as it should be. So follow our journey and see what we’ve been working so hard for,” Diaz continued, teasing “one dynamic final night” next month.
The Philippine pageant official said he will be in charge of this year’s production, promising to put on a different show from the Miss International ceremonies that global audiences have been accustomed to for decades. First, he said the program will only be two and a half hours long, much shorter than the previous four-hour shows.
ICA also chose a larger venue for the 2023 Miss International pageant to accommodate more people, and Diaz encouraged fans from around the world to cheer loudly for their respective delegates. There are prevailing observations that the global tilt is mocking enthusiastic expressions of support during the last show, but he said this is not true.
Diaz also previously clarified the pageant’s decision not to hold a swimsuit parade during the final show. “Why do people keep saying (Miss International) doesn’t have a swimsuit competition? I believe it’s just a classic case of poor reading comprehension because this year the swimsuit evaluation is even much stricter than before,” he said on social media.
Delegates will still be judged in their swimwear on body proportions and skin color in a behind-closed-doors session with a group of judges. Only during the coronation show will the candidates not be allowed to wear swimsuits.
The Philippines will be represented in the 61st Miss International Bb pageant by 2022. Pilipinas Nicole Borromeo, whose photo and profile are already on the competition’s Facebook page. She will try to become the seventh Filipina woman to win the global crown, after Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979), Precious Lara Quigaman (2005), Bea Rose Santiago (2013) and Kylie Verzosa . (2016).
Jasmin Selberg, the third Miss International winner from Germany, will hand over her title to her successor at the end of the coronation show. /ra
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