GMA Network aired the first Miss World Philippines Coronation Night last Sunday (September 18) held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Plenary Hall.
Gwendolyn Ruais was crowned Miss World Philippines 2011 and she will represent the country in the Miss World Pageant to be held in London, England in November.
Tallest of all candidates, Gwen proved that her 5’11” height was only one of the many things that made her standout. She believes that her passion, desire and drive to win were the key to her success.
As the winner of the crown, Gwen received Php 1,000,000.00 cash, a condominium unit from the SM Development Corporation (SMDC) and another Php 50,000.00 cash for the Best in Swimsuit award. She was also hailed Miss Healthy Body and Miss Smart Extraordinary.
With her in the final 5 are 1st Princess Helen Nicolette Henson (Miss Metro Dental Smile), 2nd Princess Martha Chloe McCulley (also Miss Kapuso World and Miss SMDC), 3rd Princess Ma. Paula Bianca Paz (Best in Evening Gown) and 4th Princess Jaysel Arrozal.
Meanwhile, the other candidates who received special recognition in the pageant are: Rogelie Catacutan (Miss Friendship and Miss Talent), Samantha Neville Purvor (Miss Photogenic and Miss Manny O’ Wines), Jayanne Aldanese (Miss Philippine Prudential Life Insurance), Erina Ann Lightholder (Miss Shimmian Award), Richelle Therese Borja (Miss Sheridan) and Loucelle de Jesus (People’s Choice Award).
The event, directed by Louie Ignacio and hosted by Dingdong Dantes, Isabelle Daza and Carla Abellana, featured a live performance from Kapuso singer, Mark Bautista. He sang the Miss World Philippines theme song composed by Louie Ocampo and written by renowned theater and concert director, Freddie Santos.
Many viewers also praised Aljur Abrenica’s special participation in the candidates’ swimsuit presentation. He sang “Magkaugnay” in the music video shot in the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan.
The pageant’s panel of judges consisted of: GMA Network Senior Vice President for Entertainment, Wilma Galvante; People’s Champ and Saranggani Rep. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao; award-winning actress Iza Calzado; Calata Corporation Chairman and CEO, Joseph Calata; Etihad Airways Regional Vice President, Cramer Ball; Superbrands Chairman, Karl Mclean; Belo Medical Group CEO, Vicki Belo; hairstyle and makeup icon, Fanny Serrano; and wife of Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona, Ma. Cristina Corona.
More than a beauty pageant, Miss World Philippines also presented Filipino artistry in the Evening Gown Competition. The candidates graciously paraded the stage showcasing creations of an all-Filipino lineup of fashion designers. Of the 25 evening gowns, Delby Bragais’ creation, which was worn by Gwen, received the Best Fashion Design award.