My Heart Belongs to Miss Honduras

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HONDURAS - VALERIA CARDONAIn any beauty pageant, it’s inevitable for the gawker who takes an interest in such things to play favorites. For the ongoing Miss Asia Pacific International Pageant 2017, my hands-down fave candidate is Miss Honduras. I met the disarmingly charming young lady at the press presentation of the candidates, held at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel last Monday.  She looks familiar, you might say, and you’d be right. Valeria Cardona also represented her home country in the Miss Earth International pageant, held in Manila, last month.

The 19-year old journalism student is one among 42 confident candidates from around the world vying for the Miss Asia Pacific International crown. They’re here now in Manila for the prelim events running up to the Grand Coronation night later this month. Though the Miss Asia Pacific International organization fosters solidarity among the candidates, inspiring each one to be a shining example of a “strong and confident woman who is proud of herself, her culture, and everything that makes her what she is,” there still can be only one to wear the crown.

The Miss Asia Pacific International organization was created in the 1960s, making it the oldest beauty pageant in Asia. It went into hiatus for ten years and only relaunched with new management last year, when the 22-year old Tessa Helena Le Conge from the Netherlands took the crown. Just a few weeks until she completes her reign and passes her crown to her. Will it be Miss Honduras? I can only hope.


For more information, follow the Miss Asia Pacific International on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Tickets for the Grand Coronation Night on November 29 are available at the official website of the MAPI and at Ticketworld.