Frontrunners snagged the top plums at the 2016 Mutya ng Pilipinas coronation night staged at Resorts World Manila’s Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City on Saturday night.
Manila’s Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan, who bagged the lion’s share of special awards, received the Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International crown.
The Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International title went to Calabarzon’s Justin Mae San Jose, who earlier received the important awards Best in Swimsuit and Best in Evening Gown.
In various activities leading to the coronation night, Krishnan was proclaimed Darling of the Press, Best in Talent, Mutya ng Sheridan Beach Resort, Mutya ng Rain or Shine, Hannah’s Best in Swimsuit, Mutya ng Hotel 101, Mutya ng Camera Club of the Philippines and Mutya ng Inglot.
San Jose was earlier proclaimed Mutya ng Skyjet Airlines.
Krishnan, a sportscaster for ABS-CBN Sports & Action channel, will represent the Philippines in the revival edition of the Miss Asia Pacific International pageant later this year.
San Jose will compete in the Miss Tourism International contest in December.
Michelle Thorlund from the Filipino community in California was proclaimed Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Communities. Lynette Bradford from the Filipino community in Melbourne finished as first runner up.
Best in Terno winner and Mutya ng Informatics Ashley Nicole Singh from Central Luzon was 2nd runner up.
Actors Richard Gutierrez, Arci Muñoz and Bela Padilla hosted the ceremonies, with 2013 Miss International Bea Rose Santiago, former Mutya Kristine Caballero and Samantha Rodriguez as correspondents.
Inquirer Lifestyle columnist Tessa Prieto-Valdes was one of the judges.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer is a media partner of the 2016 Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant. TVJ