MAKATI CITY, Philippines—When the Miss Queen of Hearts Philippines pageant invited applicants to this year’s edition of the national beauty contest, eight crowns were dangled to prospective aspirants.
But now that the Queen of Hearts Foundation had already selected the pageant’s official delegates, two more titles were added, with both crowns giving the winners the opportunity to compete abroad.
The Miss Queen of Hearts Philippines pageant initially announced that it will be choosing the country’s representatives to the Miss Global Universe, Miss Tourism Worldwide, and Miss Lumiere International World pageants, and will also be awarding the Miss Queen of Hearts Universe, Miss Queen of Hearts World, Miss Queen of Hearts International, Miss Queen of Hearts Earth, and Miss Queen of Hearts Global Tourism crowns.
But in a recent virtual conference with the media, Queen of Hearts Foundation President Mitzie Go-Gil said this year’s pageant will also crown the Philippines’ representatives to the 2021 and 2022 editions of the Miss World Peace pageant.
This brings to 10 the total number of crowns, five of which comes with international assignments.
In another development, one of this year’s candidates had been taken out of the roster of delegates, Sheenary Tamagos from the province of Cavite.
The Industrial Engineering degree holder’s journey to the competition was cut short when the organizers chose her to be the country’s representative to the 2021 Miss Lumiere International World, which will hold a virtual competition this month.
The national franchise holder received instructions from the international organizer to immediately file an entrant to this year’s global tilt.
With Tamagos’ surprise selection, the 2021 Miss Queen of Hearts Philippines pageant’s roster of delegates is now at 22.
The candidates have already been participating in online activities and preliminary competitions.
Pangasinan’s Kathie Lee Berco and Leyte’s Maerylle Blauta tied for the Best in National Costume award, but the Pangasinense lass has also topped the virtual talent competition.
The pageant’s organizers are still hoping to conduct a physical program to crown its winners this month.