The Philippines is participating in the Miss Aura International pageant for the first time since its founding in 2006. The country is betting on Alexandra Faith Garcia who is set to fly to Antalya, Turkey to vie for the crown with some 30 countries and autonomous territories participating.
The pageant will kick off its activities on Sept. 20 with coronation happening on Oct. 5.
Garcia won the right to represent the Philippines after she was chosen in a special process conducted by the Miss Aura International Philippines Organization, headed by Kathleen Katniss Griffiths (CEO/National Director) with Jovita Laureola, Managing Director, with support of reigning Mrs. Elite International Philippines 2020, businesswoman and philanthropist Michelle Vitug Encarnacion, and Ferdinand Abejon, Overall Pageant Coordinator & PR Director.
Garcia, a 27-year-old B.S. Tourism Graduate from Olongapo City, works as Operations Head of RED Sports PH, a sporting-event company, being a former champion triathlete. The businesswoman-beauty queen actively supports Dialysis PH, an NGO-support group for kidney disease patients by helping raise funds for the organization.
She has been training with the Kagandahang Flores Training Camp, under ‘beauty queen-maker’ CEO/Founder Rodin Gilbert Flores, since her joining Bb. Pilipinas in 2016 and 2020.
“Faith has never been more confident in herself and her abilities, I would say she’s 100% prepared for this competition. We just level up on Q&A, personality development and her ‘pasarela’ skills,” said mentor Flores.
Garcia will bring her national costume designed by Jorick Lopez Limpag, the same designer who created her “Dove Warrior-ULO ng APO” costume she wore in the recent Bb. Pilipinas pageant, while her evening gown is by Cathy Mora-Capistrano.
“It's an honor to raise our flag, mahal kong Pilipinas. Thank you everyone who has been supporting and praying for me in my Miss Aura International journey,” Garcia posted on Instagram.
The 16th edition of the Turkey-based Miss Aura International will be held at Rixos Sungate Resorts in Antalya City. Preliminary competitions for the special awards include Miss Talent, Miss National Costume, Miss Bikini, Miss Annex, Miss Rixos Sungate and Miss Roberto Bravo. Andreia Correia of Portugal will crown her successor at the end of the coronation event.
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