Newly-crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International Ilene Astrid De Vera of Cebu (third from left) is flanked by (from left) 1st runner up Carla Sandigan of Pateros, Mutya-Top Model of the World Hannah Iglesia of Isabela, Mutya-Tourism International Jannie Alipo-on of Navotas, Mutya-Overseas Communities Savannah Gankiewicz of Hawaii, and 2nd runner up Sofia Sibug of Albay. /ARMIN P. ADINA
Ilene Astrid De Vera crowned 2017 Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific Int’l
PASAY CITY – Homegrown bets dominated the 49th Mutya ng Pilipinas coronation night.
Rookie Ilene Astrid De Vera of Cebu was crowned 2017 Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International in ceremonies staged at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on Friday night, making her the country’s official representative to the global tilt in October.
Returning candidate Jennie Alipo-on of Navotas was hailed 2017 Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International and will compete in Malaysia later this year.
The new title Mutya ng Pilipinas-Top Model of the World went to Hannah Iglesia of Isabela.
Savannah Mari Gankiewicz of Hawaii was proclaimed 2017 Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Communities.
Finishing as first and second runners up were Carla Sandigan of Pateros and Sofia Sibug of Albay, respectively.
The winners are expected to promote the pageant’s advocacy of “beauty tourism.”
Thirty ladies from around the country and from overseas Filipino communities participated in the annual national pageant this year.
It will be telecast on ABS-CBN on Aug. 6 before “Asap.”
The Philippine Daily Inquirer is a media partner of the 2017 Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant.