Miss Asia Pacific International Francielly Ouriques of Brazil (center) is flanked by (from left) fourth runner-up Ilene De Vera of the Philippines, third runner-up Morgan Doelwut of the Netherlands, first runner-up Acacia Walker of New Zealand and second runner-up Valeria Cardona of Honduras. (Photo by ARMIN P. ADINA / Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Miss Brazil crowned as 2017 Miss Asia Pacific International
PASAY CITY – There’s a new ambassador for “beauty in diversity” and she’s from Brazil.
Francielly Ouriques bested 41 other aspirants for the 2017 Miss Asia Pacific International crown in the final pageant ceremonies staged at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on Wednesday night.
She received her crown from Dutch beauty Tessa Le Conge, who bagged the title in last year’s edition, the first after a decade-long hiatus.
Finishing second is Acacia Walker from New Zealand, while Valeria Cardona of Honduras placed third.
Rounding out the winners’ circle are Morgan Doelwut of the Netherlands and Ilene De Vera of the Philippines who finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Established in the Philippines as the Miss Asia Quest in 1968, the contest later acquired the defunct Queen of the Pacific pageant and was renamed as the Miss Asia Pacific Quest.
At the turn of the millennium, the contest expanded and accepted delegates from outside the Asia-Pacific region and was called the Miss Asia Pacific International pageant.
Since its birth in 1968, the contest has crowned four Filipino queens– Carines Zaragoza (1982), Bong Dimayacyac (1983), Lorna Legaspi (1989) and Michelle Aldana (1993).
The coronation ceremonies will be telecast on the FOXLife channel on Dec. 3 at 9 a.m., and on ABS-CBN on the same day before “ASAP.”
The Philippine Daily Inquirer is a media partner of the 2017 Miss Asia Pacific International pageant. /atm