MMG Queen of Hearts Foundation CEO Mitzie Go-Gil (center) with Mrs. Queen of Hearts Tourism Ivy Dianna Manzo-Bo of Cavite (left) and Mrs. Queen of Hearts Philippines Catherine Jordas Flores of Ilocos Norte. INQUIRER.net photo / ARMIN P. ADINA
MANILA, Philippines — After months of online competitions and various charity missions on the ground, the 2020 Mrs. Queen of Hearts Philippines was finally able to stage an actual live coronation event and crowned six new queens on Oct. 30 at the Dusit D2 Residences, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
From a field of 13 aspirants from around the country, those who emerged victorious were Mrs. Worldwide Philippines Annette Mendoza of Pampanga, Mrs. Philippines Asia Pacific Global Louise Suzanne Alba Lopez of Quezon City, Mrs. Philippines Asia Pacific All Nation’s Darling Topacio Edralin of Misamis Oriental, Mrs. Philippines Asia Pacific Tourism Joana Krisanta La Madrid of Ilagan City, Mrs. Philippines Asia Pacific Intercontinental Ma. Glovel Tasico of Batangas, Mrs. Philippines Asia Pacific Cosmopolitan Sarima Paglas of Maguindanao, Mrs Queen of Hearts Philippines Catherine Jordas Flores of Ilocos Norte, and Mrs. Queen of Hearts Tourism Ivy Dianna Manzo-Bo of Cavite.
“We have to push through with this as a requirement of the international director who is in charge of conducting international beauty pageants,” MMG Queen of Hearts Foundation President Mitzie Go-Gil told the Inquirer in an earlier interview.
Originally scheduled in April, the pageant was moved after the government imposed quarantine measures because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Strict health and safety protocols were implemented for tonight’s event.
“The coronation is the culmination of a year-long pageant to choose married Filipino women who will be worthy to represent the country in international beauty pageants,” said Go-Gil, herself an international beauty titlist, bringing home the Mrs. Asia Pacific Tourism crown in 2018.
The queens have big shoes to fill as the previous winners earned accolades in their respective international competitions.
Avon Morales was crowned Mrs. Asia Pacific Global, while Glynes Evangelista Olbes was proclaimed Mrs. Asia Pacific Millenium. Llena Tan finished third in the Mrs. Worldwide tilt.
Rosenda Casaje, who was originally a candidate for this year’s national competition, was plucked from the roster to represent the Philippines in the Mrs. Global Universe pageant because of time constraints in March. She took home the Mrs. Empowerment Woman from the tilt.
Aside from representing the Philippines in international beauty pageants, the winners are expected to take part in the foundation’s projects.
“The foundation has two advocacies, first is to promote the welfare of underprivileged families, especially their children, and second is women empowerment,” Go-Gil explained.