A grand official send-off at the B Hotel in Quezon City was hosted by the Miss World Philippines Organization (MWPO) last Saturday, March 5, for three of its reigning beauty queens set to compete in
global pageants within the coming weeks.


On top of the list is reigning Miss World Philippines 2021 Tracy Maureen Perez. She is flying back
to San Juan, Puerto Rico to continue her winning streak until the coronation night of
the 70th edition of the Miss World 2021 pageant. The much-awaited event is scheduled on March 16, 2022 (March 17, 8:00 am, PH time).


It can be recalled that the Miss World Organization issued a last-minute decision to
reschedule the pageant a few hours before the December 16 coronation night due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in Puerto Rico that month.

For many pageant fans, the decision seemed anticlimactic for Tracy who was then clearly
ahead of her game. Our representative and go-getter assured herself of a Top 40 spot after winning the Head-to-Head and Beauty With A Purpose challenges.

The Cebuana beauty remains positive. She shared her thoughts, “It could be frustrating for some, but I tried my best to compose and calm myself because it’s something I couldn’t control. I’ll just take it as a blessing that l’ll have more time to prepare.”


Aside from Tracy, Miss Eco Philippines 2021 Kathleen Paton is leaving for Cairo, Egypt on March 6
to compete in the 7th edition of the Miss Eco International 2021 pageant. The pageant will be held from
March 6-18, with the coronation night slated for March 16 (March 17, 12:30 a.m. PH time).


For her part, Miss Environment Philippines 2021 Michelle Arceo feels more than ready to
compete in the 1st edition of the Miss Environment International pageant scheduled from
March 21-April 2 in Mumbai, India, with pageant proper scheduled on April 2, 5:00pm IST or April
2, 7:30pm PH time.

Miss World Philippines National Director Arnold Vegafria is optimistic about the trio’s
impending global conquest. He said, “With the normalization of the global health situation, I am very confident that Tracy, Kathleen, and Michelle can wave our flag proudly and outperform their competitors every step of the way. In Tracy’s case, the odds are already in her favor, based on her very impressive pre-pageant performance, so we can only hope and pray that she remains in top fighting form.”

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Aside from its send-off for the three queens, the MWPO also revealed a teaser for its revitalized
slogan, “Exceptionally Empowered Filipina.” More than just being a celebration of exceptional beauty, substance and purpose, the Miss World Philippines pageant has stood out for championing more relevant advocacies, which have empowered its winning queens to harness their collective energies in furthering their advocacies, which have so far included such relevant issues as cyberbullying, mental health, suicide prevention, gender equality, environmental awareness and many others.


Taking its cue from Miss World Organization founder Julia Morley’s inspiring precedent, the
Miss World Philippines Organization hopes to further its noble cause for women empowerment
by writing its own unique narrative for its revitalized brand campaign.


Vegafria proudly asserted, “The past pandemic has given us ample time to rethink our strategies,
and we feel that a rebrand can do so much to heighten our imaging and marketing potentials,
and I’m very proud that our team has churned out a creative synergy that should take us to
even unprecedented heights this year.”

The organization’s auspicious rebranding comes close on the heels of its recent announcement
for the search for this year’s batch of aspiring queens, with final screening slated for April 19
and coronation night on May 29. The “Exceptionally Empowered Filipina” brand campaign also coincides with the celebration of International Women’s Month this March.

Photo and video coverage by: Ronel Principe