Last 2012, the Miss Tourism World Philippines was launched as the newest national beauty pageant, with candidates who epitomize the beauty of the Filipina as well to highlight the beauty of the whole country. It was the first time that a Filipina was chosen thru a pageant to be the representative for Miss Tourism World. The Secretariat for the Miss Tourism World Philippines is headed by the National Director, Francisco “Gareth” Blanco, with the aim to showcase the cultural heritage of the different provinces of theparticipating candidates and continue to promote the tourists spots not just in the Philippines but throughout the world.
Just to refresh our memory, Miss Tourism World was under its former owner, Mr. John Sigh, but it has now been re-invented by a new London- based pageant organization, Tourism World Organization, based in Great Britain, who had been working to restructure the said pageant.
The prestige of wearing the Miss Tourism World crown was bestowed on two Filipinas, first was Suzanne Park Fahling, a US-based Filipino-American beauty won as Miss Tourism World 1995 in the Dominican Republic while the crown of Miss Tourism World 2002 was clinched by Bb. Pilipinas 2001 first runner-up Michelle Cueva Reyes in Turkey. The previous Filipina candidates were handpicked or appointed but with the pageant in the Philippines, it had the mission of the best to represent our country, who can showcase the beauty and substance of a Filipina while effectively promoting the Philippine tourism industry.
Among the Filipinas who had participated in the said pageant are the following:
1995 – Suzanne Park Fahling (winner)
2000 – Rachel Soriano (2nd Runner-up)
2001 – Zorayda Ruth Andam (Tourism Asia)
2002 –Michelle Cueva Reyes (winner)
2005 – Sheryl Lou Franco (Best in Costume)
2012 – Meryl Angeline King
On the 12thday of October, 2013 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, West Africa, the Philippines will be represented by Aiyana Camille “AJ” Co Mikiewicz of Agoo, La Union. She was the winner of Miss Tourism World Philippines 2013 held last May 17, 2013 at AFP Theatre, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. AJ represented the Dinengdeng Festival from the Surfing Capital of the North, La Union, Kay Ganda.
Part of her preparation, she will be undergoing trainings provided by the MTWP secretariat as well as the team headed by her handler, Paul Sanglay, Talent by Froi and QA mentor Faiz. Her different activities are covered by yours truly, Airwind G. Bautista.
For any invitation of personal appearance, guesting or interview of Miss Tourism World Philippines 2013, Aiyana Mikiewicz, you may contact Direk Gareth Blanco of the MTWP Secretariat thru firstname.lastname@example.org