Miss Indonesia Kevin Lilliana (R) receives the 2017 Miss International crown from 2016 Miss International Kylie Verzosa from Philippines during the Miss International Beauty Pageant final in Tokyo on November 14, 2017.
(AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURA / MANILA BULLETIN)
Junaedy finished interior design in her hometown. Reports say the Miss International 2017 winner was named after Kevin McCallister, the lead character (played by a young Macaulay Culkinin) in the blockbuster movie “Home Alone.”
Completing the Miss International 2017 court are: Miss Curacao Chanelle de Lau as first runner-up; Miss Venezuela Diana Croce, 2nd; Miss Australia Amber Dew, 3rd; and Miss Japan Tsutsui Natsuki, who is half-Filipino, placed 4th.
Special awards went to Miss Japan as Best in National Costume, Miss Indonesia as Best Dresser, and Miss Australia, Miss Perfect Body.
The titles of Continental Queens were won by the following candidates: Miss International Asia was won by Miss Korea; Miss International Europe by Miss United Kingdom; Miss International America, Bolivia; Miss International Africa, Ghana; and Miss International Oceania, New Zealand.
Miss Philippines Mariel de Leon failed to advance to the Final 15 which was filled out by candidates from Curacao, Venezuela, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Ghana, Honduras, Japan, Ecuador, Finland, Laos, Indonesia, Panama, Thailand, Australia, South Africa.
The Philippines has previously held the Miss International title six times: Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979), Precious Lara Quigaman (2005), Bea Rose Santiago (2013), and Kylie Verzosa (2016).
The five-foot-eight 2017 Philippine bet studied cookery at the North Shore International Academy in New Zealand and plans to open her own cafe in the Philippines.
At 19, De Leon joined the Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant in 2013 where she was able to join the Top 15, with Ariella Arida emerging as the winner.
Mariel has began shooting her scenes for her debut film “Ang Panday,” an entry to the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Having bankable actors as parents, the daughter of Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong is still undecided if she would seriously pursue acting.
Given the chance, Mariel said that she would like to appear in horror movies. “I want screaming and running for my life.”
Courtesy: The Manila Bulletin | Robert R. Requintina | Updated November 15, 2017, 12:13 PM
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