THE Miss Global Philippines 2014 pageant crowned its first winner, 22-year-old, karate green belter Catherine Marie Almirante. She bested 22 other contestants at the finals recently at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. Almirante, a model from Cagayan de Oro, also won best in evening gown.
She will represent the country in the Miss Global 2014 pageant aboard the Crown Princess cruise ship from Dec.12 to 20 while sailing from Los Angeles, California, to Mexico.
The four runner ups were Sirene Sutton, who also won best in swimsuit; Athena Catriz, Cindy Madumma and Lorraine Erum, one of the single mothers in the contest.
Miss Global Philippines accepted both single women and single mothers in line with the regulations of Miss Global Organization, the US-based owner of Miss Global pageant.
Almirante has been joining beauty contests in the last four years winning as Miss Silka 2010 and Miss Philippine Youth 2012. She was an official candidate of Miss Philippines Earth 2011 and finished second runner up in both Miss Casino Filipino 2013 and Century Tuna SuperBods 2014.
In a victory press conference at Club Filipino, the five-foot-five Almirante said candidly that the height factor should not affect her chances at the Miss Global 2014 competition. She said she’d use it instead to her advantage.
As Miss Global Philippines 2014, she will travel the world and see for herself major tourist destinations in the country as part of her duties as Tourism Ambassador and also to fulfill her pageant’s adopted cause to work towards helping promote Philippine tourism.
Organizers said that they have partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to help in implementing regulation on controlling smoke belching, ordinance against smoking in public and supporting other community services.
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