Miss Brazil crowned as 2017 Miss Asia Pacific International
Report: Raymund Thom Golez | Managing Editor
Photos credits: Miss Asia PAcific International FB
TAMPA, Florida – “Beauty in Diversity” is what this pageant is all about, and true enough, a new ambassador of goodwill has been proclaimed to promote a worthy cause in a pageant held at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Philippines on November 28.
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.
In the final interview round, Ouriques was asked if the pageant’s advocacy of promoting fostering love, appreciation, and unity in diversity is relevant in this day and age. “I believe that we are all equal before God and all of us should be able to spread love, and spread good things among everybody,” she answered through a translator. “Respect, unity, and love are principles that my parents thought me and that everybody should foster that,” she added.
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.
On the other hand, Philippines’ bet Ilene de Vera finished fourth runner-up. De Vera, a model from Cebu, was in the top five led by Ouriques, along with first runner-up Acacia Walker of New Zealand, and second runner-up Valeria Cardona of Honduras.
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– Czarina Zaragoza (1982), Bong Dimayacyac (1983), Lorna Legaspi (1989) and Michelle Aldana (1993).