Mutya ng Pilipinas is one of the premier events for ladies looking to break into the beauty pageant industry. It has been around since 1968, and served as the launching pad for several notable women such as Jannie Alipo-on, Christi McGarry, Koreen Medina, and Ganiel Krishnan, just to name a few. Last Sunday, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 crowned the country’s newest batch of beauty queens at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Out of the 50 aspiring candidates, seven stunning women rose above the crowd and claimed their rightful titles. Apart from their evident physical beauty, they exhibited something so much more which truly set them apart as both beauty and brains.
#42 Kristine Malicsi, Navotas
A member of the Sangguniang Kabataan in her city of Navotas, Kristine immediately focused and prepared for this competition after graduating from college at Lyceum. It was no easy feat, but this boxing aficionado gave it her best shot and succeeded in getting second runner-up.
#48 Mary Justine Teng, Muntinlupa
This soon-to-be professional interior designer is a dead ringer for actress and model Cristine Reyes. Just look at her! But she's not just stunning, Mary is also a talented artist if you’re just wondering, making her beautiful and talented AF.
Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas 2018:
#1 Jade Roberts, Australia
This Fil-Aussie is a flight attendant for an Australian airline. Apart from her day job, she's also a (runway and print) model and does theatre. Coco, listen, sign her up for Ang Probinsyano, and we’re good for another three years.
Mutya ng Pilipinas Miss Global Beauty Queen:
#24 Pauline Amelinckx, Bohol
After winning Miss JCI Philippines 2017 and Miss Bohol 2017, Mutya was Pauline’s next step in conquering the pageant world. Her next challenge will come next year when she competes for the Miss Global Beauty Queen competition.
Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism Queen of the Year International:
#30 Kesha Ramachandran, Iloilo
This gorgeous Fil-Malaysian beauty from Iloilo will go on to compete in China for the Tourism Queen of the Year title. Aside from her killer looks, this queen also plays basketball and is damn good at it. Standing at 5'8", you wouldn’t want to play her one-on-one.
Mutya ng Pilipinas Miss Tourism International:
#46 Aya Fernandez, Taguig
Aya is truly one of a kind. The Miss Tourism International winner is a dancer and the founder of Project Lily PH, a livelihood program for PWDs where they make eco-friendly charcoal out of water lilies, coconut husk, and other agriforest wastes. The definition of ‘confidently beautiful with a heart’? We think so!
Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International:
#19 Sharifa Akeel, Sultan Kudarat
This lady got the highest honor of the pageant and became the first Muslim to win the title. She carries herself with unrivaled confidence, especially in the question-and-answer portion where she talked about herself as proof of the pageant's focus on diversity. She will be representing the Philippines in the 2018 Miss Asia-Pacific International pageant on October 7.