At only the age of 18 years old, Demi Lovato admirer and summer school camp counselor Alexa Kirby won the 2014 Miss World Philippines Quest USA held on July 12 at Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan, New York.
Top 5 winners included:
Winner - First Place - Alexa Kirby
Second Place - First Princess - Misook Mendonca
Third Place - Second Princess - Isabella Estella
Fourth Place - Third Princess - Jenica Balmes
Fifth Place - Fourth Princess - Erin Manansala
Awards went to the following contestests: Erin Manansala was crowned People’s Choice Award and Fourth Princess; Third Princess was Jenica Balmes; and Second Princess went to Isabella Estella. Best in Talent and Best in Swimsuit awards went to First Princess Misook Mendonca. The Best in Evening Gown award went to the winner of Miss Philippines Quest USA 2014, Alexa Kirby.
The panel of judges included: entrepreneur, restaurateur, and Philippine culinary hero Nicole Ponseca; Lana Asanin, German actress and TV personality who was featured in The Mentalist and NYC Rooftop Story; Cora Reyes, a nurse professional and event chair of AnYo’, a benefit fashion show staged by the Handang Tumulong Foundation Inc., a non-profit group that helps disaster and calamities victims in the Philippines and other countries; Dmitry Brylev, a Russian model managed under DNA model management NYC; Chantel Martinez, Miss DR US 2012 and Miss Grand 1st Runner Up 2013; Brent Chua, Chinese-Filipino model and NYC-based fashion photographer, who was dubbed as the Asian Male Supermodel by Philippine Daily Inquirer; and Cory Quirino, multi-talented madam and license holder of both Miss and Mister Philippines, most known for her work on Miss World Philippines 2011, The Cory Quirino Kidnap: NBI Files (2003) and Miss World Philippines 2012: Pageant Night.
The judges scored each contestant in the swimsuit, long gown and question-and-answer competitions, in addition to the preliminary competition, where contestants showcased their beauty, charm, talent and grace. Pre-pageant night was held at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Consulate in New York on June 27, 2014.
CQ Global Quest Inc. and Synergy Production and Marketing Inc. presented the first ever Miss Philippines Quest USA-East Coast which included ten young Philippine-Americans from different parts of the country were competing for this title. All the candidates are either full blooded Filipino or with Filipino descent residing in the East Coast, between the ages of seventeen and twenty four and have met the minimum height requirement of five feet three inches. The winner will represent the East Coast at the 2014 Miss World-Philippines Pageant in Manila in September. In the event she wins the national finals, she will have a chance to represent the Philippines at the 2014 Miss World Pageant to be held in London, England, later this year.
This pageant was made possible by Synergy Production & Marketing, Inc. and One.10 Collection, hosted by former Filipina top model/beauty queen/actress/Brinoy singer Bessie Badilla, a well loved and respected figure in the Filipino Community here in the United States, and co-hosted by Beth Tamayo and Ian Marco Medrano.
For more information on Miss Philippines Quest USA, visit them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Philippines-Quest-USA/1461848034032108?sk=timeline
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