The 2020 Mrs. Queen of Hearts Philippines winners (from left) Catherine Flores, Joana Krisanta La Madrid, Darling Topacio Edralin, Rosenda Casaje, Annette Mendoza, Louse Sozanne Alba-Lopez, Ma. Glovel Tasico, Sarima Paglas, and Ivy Diana Manzo-Bo will carry the Philippine flag in international competitions later this year./ARMIN P. ADINA
Mrs. Queen of Hearts PH announces new crown assignments
MAKATI CITY, Philippines—Just months after crowning its 2020 set of winners in October, the Mrs. Queen of Hearts Philippines pageant made an announcement declaring new title assignments, presenting a new group of five ladies who will represent the Philippines in the 2021 Mrs. Asia Pacific pageant in Singapore.
Louise Suzanne Alba-Lopez and Darling Topacio-Edralin retained their titles as Mrs. Philippines Asia Pacific-Global, and Mrs. Philippines Asia Pacific-All Nations, respectively. But they will be joined by three new members of “Team Philippines” for the Singapore-based global tilt which will be held later this year.
Rosenda Casaje, who represented the country in the 2020 Mrs. Global Universe pageant, will now carry the Mrs. Philippines Asia Pacific-Tourism crown, originally awarded to Joana Krisanta La Madrid.
Casaje was part of the roster of candidates for the 2020 Mrs. Queen of Hearts Philippines pageant, but was chosen to compete abroad ahead of the national finals due to time constraints. She received the “Mrs. Empowerment Woman” award, and finished in the Top 10 of the second edition of the Mrs. Global Universe contest in March last year, before parts of the Philippines were placed under lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the local search was put on hold.
Ivy Diana Manzon-Bo, and Catherine Jordas Flores, whose respective crowns Mrs. Queen of Hearts Tourism and Mrs. Queen of Hearts Philippines did not come with an international pageant assignment, will now see themselves flying the nation’s colors on the global arena.
Bo inherited the Mrs. Philippines Asia Pacific-Intercontinental crown from Ma. Glovel Tasico, while Flores now carries the Mrs. Philippines Asia Pacific-Cosmopolitan sash originally awarded to Sarima Paglas.
Mrs. Queen of Hearts Foundation CEO Mitzie Go-Gil said she originally planned to announce the new crown assignments in a press conference, but her international partner already announced the Filipino queens who will be competing in the global pageant.
She told the Inquirer in an online interview that La Madrid, Tasico, and Paglas, as well as 2020 Mrs. Philippines Worldwide Annette Mendoza, will have new titles. “I will hold a press conference to make another announcement,” she said.
Go-Gil herself is an accomplished international beauty titleholder, winning the Mrs. Asia Pacific-Tourism crown in Singapore in 2018.
Aside from representing the Philippines in various international competitions, the winners of the Mrs. Queen of Hearts Philippines pageant also take part in the charity projects of the Mrs. Queen of Hearts Foundation, aimed at providing relief to Filipinos who are in most need of assistance.
Since the pandemic hit the country earlier in 2020, the foundation has launched several donation drives in different parts of the country.