47thMiss Intercontinental in Manila in January

The 47th edition of the Miss Intercontinental pageant will be held in Manila on Jan. 26, 2019. Reigning titlist Veronica Salas Vallejoof Mexico will relinquish her crown to the winner from among contestants from more than 85 countries around the world.

Reigning Miss Intercontinental Veronica Salas Valllejo was in Manila when the announcement the pageant would be held here

Reigning Miss Intercontinental Veronica Salas Valllejo was in Manila when the announcement the pageant would be held here

Joanna Miyamae, CEO of Miss Intercontinental Japan, decided to hold the pageant scheduled originally in Japan next year in Manila

Joanna Miyamae, CEO of Miss Intercontinental Japan, decided to hold the pageant scheduled originally in Japan next year in Manila

Vallejo was present during the announcement that the pageant would be held in Manila, instead of Japan, at Conrad Hotel together with 2018 Miss Intercontinental Japan Akari Maeda, 2018 Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Karen Gallman, Miss Intercontinental Japan COO Kumi Miyamae, Miss Intercontinental Organization (MIO) CEO Detlef Tursies and Miss Intercontinental Japan CEO Joanna Leonisa Gimena Miyamae

Like other pageants, Miss Intercontinental puts premium on looks and talent, and also, according to Tursies, “applicants who have no children and no criminal record.”

Unlike in this year’s Miss Universe pageant (to be held in Thailand in December) that has a transgender (Miss Spain) delegate, all the Miss Intercontinental candidates are natural born women, although the MIO doesn’t discount the possibility of letting a transgender join the pageant in the future.

Miss Intercontinental Japan 2018 Akari Maeda was also in Manila when the announcement was made

Miss Intercontinental Japan 2018 Akari Maeda was also in Manila when the announcement was made

Originally, the pageant was scheduled to be held in Japan. Due to lack of venue because of the forthcoming Olympic Games, the MIO decided to hold it in Manila.

In the pre-pageant  night, it will be a Filipiniana Night with 80 international candidates wearing Filipin0-made gowns. 

"It’s also a contents and this is open to province or chartered city-based fashion designers. Which means, we need more than 80 designers to dress up the candidates with Filipiniana gowns. Every designer in this event will get a plaque of participation from Miss intercontinental. The design of the winning Filipiniana gown will receive a plaque of recognition and $1,000.00 cash prize. Avant-garde design will not be acceptable, but the gowns should be elegant and wearable. In addition to the Filipiniana night, there will also be a Philippine Designers Night that will feature creations by noted Filipino fashion designers," enthused Joanna Miyame. 

Veronica Salas Vallejo (center), reigning Miss Intercontinental, with MIO CEO Detlef Tursies (2nd from left), Miss Intercontinental Japan CEO Joanna Leonisa Gimena Miyamae (extreme left),018 Miss Intercontinental Japan Akari Maeda, 2018 Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Karen Gallman, Miss Intercontinental Japan COO Kumi Miyamae during the announcement that the pageant will be held in Manila instead of Tokyo at the Conrad Hotel

Veronica Salas Vallejo (center), reigning Miss Intercontinental, with MIO CEO Detlef Tursies (2nd from left), Miss Intercontinental Japan CEO Joanna Leonisa Gimena Miyamae (extreme left),018 Miss Intercontinental Japan Akari Maeda, 2018 Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Karen Gallman, Miss Intercontinental Japan COO Kumi Miyamae during the announcement that the pageant will be held in Manila instead of Tokyo at the Conrad Hotel