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Friday, January 11, 2019

Miss Intercontinental 2018: 87 Official Candidates

Photo courtesy of The Daily Tribune

The Philippines welcomed the gorgeous eighty-seven (87) candidates of the 47th Miss Intercontinental (2018) to be held at various locations, including Manila, from January 8 to 27, 2019. It is the first time that Philippines is hosting this pageant.

Photo courtesy of Francis Lumahan

Miss Intercontinental-Philippines Karen Gallman won two special awards, namely: Miss H&H Standout Beauty and Media Favorite Awards at the Press Presentation held last January 10 at the Mindanao Ballroom of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel, which is also the official residence of the candidates. The Coronation Night will be held on January 26, 2019 (Saturday).

The H&H Standout Beauty Award gave away $1000 cash prize.


Local and foreign media friends who covered the press presentation cast their votes after the candidates strutted it out on the ramp that determined the Media Favorite Award.


Miss Intercontinental 2017 Veronica Salas Vallejo (Mexico) will crown her new succesor on January 26.

Blast From The Past
For the past 46 years, two countries have won won the title of Miss Intercontinental five times: Venezuela (1974, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2012), and USA (1973, 1979, 1982, 1994, 2011). Four countries have won three times namely: Puerto Rico (1986, 2010, 2016), Russia (1991, 2013, 2015), Germany (1992, 1993, 2000), and Brazil (1972, 1981, 1998).

Performance of Philippines
The subsidiary award of Continental Queens was first introduced in 2008, where 5 of these titles are being given each year (1 per continent) that make up the Top 5 Finalists. Christi Lynn McGarry (Philippines) won Miss Intercontinental Asia & Oceana in 2010 & 2015. Other Filipino candidates also won Miss Asia Intercontinental: Andrea Koreen Medina (2013), Kris Tiffany Janson (2014), and Katarina Rodiguez (2017). So far, the countries who have won the most number of Continental Queen awards were Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, each has won five times.

In 2010, McGarry originally won the title, Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific. She then replaced Carla Jenina Lizardo, who originally won Mutya ng Pilipinas-Intercontinental, due to a family emergency. After some years, the Miss Intercontinental franchise was acquired by Binibining Pilipinas. When McGarry competed in Binibining Pilipinas in 2015, it was a coincidence that she won the title of Binibining Pilipinas-Intercontinental, that is why she represented the Philippines again in the same pageant. The rumors of switching places in 2015 did not push through.

Placement of Philippines (not complete list):
2018 - TBA
2017 - Katarina Rodiguez (1st runner-up; Miss Intercontinental Asia & Oceana)
2016 - Jennifer Hammond (Top 15)
2015 - Christi Lynn McGarry (1st runner-up; Miss Intercontinental Asia & Oceana )
2014 - Kris Tiffany Janson (2nd runner-up; Miss Photogenic; Miss Intercontinental Asia & Oceana)
2013 - Andrea Koreen Garcia Medina (3rd runner-up; Miss Intercontinental Asia & Oceana)
2010 - Christi Lynn McGarry (Top 15; Miss Intercontinental Asia & Oceana)

Miss Intercontinental 2018
Full List of Candidates

1. ALBANIA - Arvanita Peci, 20
Bank Assistant
Speaks English, Albanian, German

2. ALGERIA - Yasmine Brinis, 24
Fitness Trainer
Speaks Arabic, French, English

3. ANTIGUA + BARBUDA - Ashley Niccole Boodho, 24
Resident Coordinator
Speaks English

4. ARGENTINA - Celina Villalobos Fuchs, 18
TV Host, Model
Speaks English, Spanish, German

5. ARMENIA - Liza Gazyan, 24
Dancer
Speaks English, Russian

6. AUSTRALIA - Mikaela Rose Fowler, 23
Real State Agent
Speaks English

7. BAHAMAS - Shauntae Ashley Miller, 25
Athlete Student
Speaks English

8. BELARUS - Karalina Charnashei, 21
Model
Speaks English, Russian

9. BOSNIA + HERZEGOVINA - Jovana Keric, 21
Student
Speaks English, Serbian

10. BRAZIL - Flavia Polido do Nascimento, 27
Blogger, Businesswoman

11. BULGARIA - Gabriela Valerieva Velikova, 21
Logistic Manager
Speaks Bulgarian, English

12. CAMEROON - Johanna Eyike Nemie Lucie, 21
Speaks English, French

13. CANADA - Alice Ke Li, 24
Accountant
Speaks English, Chinese

14. CHILE - Gresly Isabel Rios Munoz, 27
Ingenieur
Speaks English, Spanish

15. CHINA - Shan Xi, 21
Student
Speaks English, Chinese

16. COLOMBIA - HilIary Hollmann del Prado, 22
Student
Speaks English, Spanish

17. COSTA RICA - Adriana Moya Alvarado, 24
Architect
Speaks English, Spanish

18. CRIMEA - Maryna Solevei, 27
Dancing Teacher
Speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian

19. CUBA - Cynthia Linnet Lau, 22
Behavioural Analyst
Speaks English, Spanish

20. CZECH REPUBLIC - Veronika Volkeova, 23
Student
Speaks Czech, English

21. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Wilma Antoniazzi Florentino, 19
Student
Speaks Czech, English

22. ECUADOR - Nina Suleyka Solorano Calcedo, 22
Medical Student
Speaks English, Spanish

23. EGYPT - Rana Alaa Mohamed Shehata, 22
Doctor, Physical Therapy
Speaks English, Arabic, French, Spanish

24. ENGLAND - Sarah Davies, 26
Owner of a Company
Speaks English

25. ESTONIA - Kelly Kangur, 21
Student of Economy
Speaks English, Russian, French, Estonian

26. ETHIOPIA - Bella Lire Lapso, 21
Student, Fashion Model
Speaks English, Amharic

27. FINLAND - Amanda Meeri Sofia Teuho, 20
Promoter
Speaks English, Swedish, Finnish

28. FRANCE - Daria Agatha Maksimova, 25
Model, Influencer
Speaks English, Russian, French

29. GEORGIA - Yuliia Rybchuk, 21
Model, TV Host
Speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian

30. GERMANY - Olivia Moller, 19
Model
Speaks English, German, Polish

31. GHANA - Engracia Afua Kaley Mofuman, 24
Student
Speaks English, French, Spanish

32. GREECE - Anastasia Kalogeri, 24
Mathematician
Speaks English, French, Greek

33. GUATEMALA - Maria Jose Barrios Dubon, 23
Medical Student
Speaks Spanish, English, German

34. GUINEA - Fatoumata Conte, 19
Model
Speaks English

35. HUNGARY - Greta Muszka, 22
Student
Speaks English, Hungarian

36. INDIA - Suman Jairamdas Chellani, 27
Anchor Host
Speaks English, Hindi

37. INDONESIA - Rifani Aluna, 22
Student
Speaks English, Indonesian

38. IRAN - Bahare Zare Bahari, 21
Model, Student
Speaks Arabic, English, Persian

39. ITALY - Nunzia Esposito, 23

40. JAMAICA - Kaila Sharissa Smith, 27
Banker
Speaks English

41. JAPAN - Akari Maeda, 22
Model
Speaks Japanese

42. KAZAKHSTAN - Aziza Tokashova, 24
Model, Blogger
Speaks English, Russian, Kazakh

43. KENYA - Eleshia Ronge Okoth, 24
Student, Model
Speaks English, Russian

44. KOREA - Kim Seo Hee, 19
University Student
Speaks Korean

45. KOSOVO - Arjanita Peci, 20
Judicial Clerk
Speaks English, Albanian, Romanian

46. LAOS - Yadfar Phommavongxay, 17
Student
Speaks English, Laos

47. LEBANON - Eliane Raymond Zgheib, 23
Model
Speaks English, Arabic

48. LITHUANIA - Maryna Bevsenko, 24
Model, Model Scout
Speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian

49. MACEDONIA - Teodora Kolovska, 27
Model
Speaks English, Spanish, Serbian

50. MALAYSIA - Scarlett Megan Liew Zi Ling, 23
Site Safety Supervisor
Speaks English, Mandarin, Tagalog, Bahasa

51. MALDIVES - Bunanath Yoosuf, 26
Model
Speaks English, Hindi, Divel

52. MALTA - Kerry Lynn Brydon, 19
Accountant
Speaks English, Maltese

53. MAURITIUS - Raveena Cuttuck, 23
Ticket Officer (Air Mauritius)
Speaks English, French, Hindi, German, Spanish

54. MEXICO - Ivanna Barradas Lobato, 20
Student, Model
Speaks Spanish

55. MOLDOVA - Olena Matsko, 21
Model, TV Host
Speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian

56. MONACO - Veronika Verrier, 25
Interpreter
Speaks English, Russian, French, German

57. MONGOLIA - Tsagaantsoojin Bayandelger, 20
Student
Speaks English, Russian, Mongolian

58. MONTENEGRO - Svetlana Krivokapic, 21
Model
Speaks Serbian, English, Russian

59. MYANMAR - Nang Mway Phoung Loong, 20
Student (Business Admin.)
Speaks English, Myanmar, Thai

60. NAMIBIA - Christina Buba Gure, 24
Student
Speaks English, Afrikaans

61. NETHERLANDS - Michelle Van Sonsbeek, 19
Student
Speaks English, Dutch

62. NEW ZEALAND - Alyssa Ward, 23
Business Advisor
Speaks English

63. NIGERIA - Chinonso Ibinabo Opara

64. PANAMA - Arleen Paola Cobas Lukowsky, 23
Psychologist
Speaks English, Spanish

65. PARAGUAY - Gabriela Natasha Soley Saw Kiw, 20
Law Student
Speaks Spanish

66. PERU - Giuliana Alexandra Valenzuela Yabar, 21
Student
Speaks English, Spanish, French

67. PHILIPPINES - Karen Juanita Gallman, 26
Analyst, Beauty Queen
Speaks English, Bisaya, Tagalog

68. POLAND - Angelika Natalia Duszczyk, 25
Flight Attendant
Speaks English, Polish, French

69. PORTUGAL - Joana Camarate Samora Santos, 22
Dietetics & Nutrition Degree
Speaks English, Portuguese

70. PUERTO RICO - Yanelie Marie Santiago Castro, 24
Graduate Student
Speaks Spanish, English

71. ROMANIA - Denisa Zsifkov, 22
Student
Speaks English, Romanian

72. RUSSIA - Tatiana Tuzova, 26
Model
Speaks English, Russian

73. SCOTLAND - Laura Danielle MacMillan, 22
Dance Teacher
Speaks English, Gaelic

74. SEYCHELLES - Naomy Kelly Dennisia King, 18
Student
Speaks English

75. SLOVAK REPUBLIC - Laura Longaurova, 23
Student
Speaks Slovak, English

76. SOUTH AFRICA - Biancha Rautenbach, 20
Student
Speaks English, Afrikaans

77. SRI LANKA - Honnanthara Acharighe Nisansala Sewwandi, 23
Banker
Speaks Sinhala, English

78. SWEDEN - Eva Viktoria Bergsten, 23
Student, Model
Speaks English, Swedish, Russian

79. SWITZERLAND - Melanie Jager

80. THAILAND - Ingchanok Prasart, 22
Student
Speaks English, Thai

81. TURKEY - Mehtap Gunduz, 28
Model
Speaks Turkish, German

82. UKRAINE - Ksenia Fesenko, 26
Fashion Company Owner
Speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian

83. USA - Marianny Egurrola, 26
Actress-Model
Speaks English, Spanish

84. VENEZUELA - Gina Alessandra Pinto Bitorzoli, 22
Model
Speaks English, Spanish

85. VIETNAM - Ngan Anh Le Au, 23
Master Student
Speaks English, French, Mandarin, Vietnamese

86. WALES - Joey Staerkle, 22
Student
Speaks English, German

87. ZIMBABWE - Evermore Njanjamangezi, 22
Student, Model
Speaks English, Shona


Other Preliminary Competitions of Miss Intercontinental 2018 are:

January 16, 2019 (Wednesday) - The Swimsuit and Philippine Designers’ Evening Gown Fashion Show at the Grand Ballroom of Okada.

January 17, 2019 (Thursday) – Evening Gown Competition and Philippine Designers’ Filipiniana Fashion Show at the Grand Ballroom of Okada.

January 19, 2019 (Saturday) – National Costume Competition at the Garden of Okada.

The Final Pageant and Coronation Night is on January 26, 2019 (Saturday) at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Tickets for the preliminary shows and the final pageant and coronation night are on sale.

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