Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Miss Philippines Is Miss Tourism International 2013

Twenty year old Angeli Dione Gomez from Bohol's neighboring province of Cebu capped the Philippines' impressive and overwhelming year in international pageantry when she was crowned Miss Tourism International, in a pageant held on New Year’s Eve in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

She bested a record field of 59 candidates since the pageant debuted in 1994  

Angeli Dione Gomez reacts after winning the Miss Tourism International
The 20-year-old Miss Gomez was the third Filipina to win the title, after fellow Cebuana Miss Tourism International 2012 Rizzini Alexis Gomez who crowned her during the pageant, and Maria Esperanza Manzano, who won in 2000. 

Miss Gomez bested a record-number of 59 candidates. It was the largest participation since the inaugural pageant in Kuching, Sarawak, in 1994.

Gomez is the third Filipina to win the Miss Tourism International crown, which is now a back-to-back win with Rizzini Alexis Gomez also a Cebuana, who won the same crown last year.

2012 Miss Tourism International: Rizzini Alexis Gomez bested a field of 55 beauties to win the crown last year

Miss Tourism International was won by Maria Esperanza Manzano last 2000. With three crowns under its belt, the Philippines now leads the Miss Tourism International tally board for most crowns won. India and Poland follows both on second place with 2 crowns each.

The eldest of the three daughters of Dr. Albert Gomez, a pediatrician, and Gwendolyn Barbas Gomez, a businesswoman, of Toledo City, Cebu, Miss Gomez, won as Toledo City’s Festival Queen, was Reyna ng Aliwan 2012, and was runner-up in the Miss Resorts World Manila 2012. 

She finished high school at B.R.I.G.H.T. Academy and majored in film at International Academy of Film and Television in Mactan, Cebu

The Philippines' latest addition to its roster of international beauty queens will be tasked as a traveling ambassador in promoting informal international relations between countries to spread the message of peace, goodwill, and friendship.

Newly crowned Miss Tourism International 2013 World Final Angeli Dione Gomez, center, of Philippines poses with 1st RU Sunidporn Srisuwan, second from left, of Thailand, 2nd RU Sarah Czarnuch, second from right, of Australia, 3rd RU Michelle Alexis Torres, left, of Dominican Republic, and 4th RU Thaarah Ganesan of Malaysia after the beauty pageant in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Miss Tourism International 2013: Philippines
Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2013: Thailand
Miss Tourism Metropolitan 2013: Australia
Miss Tourism Global 2013: Dominican Republic
Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan 2013: Malaysia

Top 10: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Portugal, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

Top 20: Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Uganda

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