With a powerful ballroom dance number to the tune of “Hush” by Pussycat Dolls, Didar Atmaja of Kazakstan was declared this year’s Best in Talent of Miss Asia-Pacific International. She took home US$500 cash as her prize.
The energetic routine, done with grace and poise, wowed the audience and the judges during the talent competition of the beauty pageant held last 25 September at The Loft of Manansala Tower at the Rockwell complex, in Makati City. The talent competition opened with the candidates in a parade of swimsuits.
Out of 50 candidates vying for the crown, only 28 ladies showcased their talents and skills, which were mostly dancing, singing and traditional performances.
Miss Canada Ariel Jingjing Cao was the first runner-up for her modern samba dance with a bonus “Boom Boom” interpretation, taking home US$300. Tiuera Raechel Shanti Napa of Cook Islands got the third spot for her island sway spirit dance.
Meanwhile, the Philippines’ bet, Sharifa Areef Mohammad Omar Akeel, performed a traditional song called “Takiring” from her home province of Sultan Kudarat.
Special awards were also given on that night. Miss India was Miss Redfox, while Russia was Miss Sheridan Resort and Spa.
Among the board of judges were international pageant consultant Sandy Cruz, former actor and events company owner RR Herrera and his wife Karel, Jonel Bornelia of Rockwell, Gilligans and Panagbenga Festival head Freddie Alquiros and VR del Rosario of the Viva group of companies.
This year’s Miss Asia-Pacific International is the 50th edition. Coronation night is on 4 October at Newport Theater of Resorts World Manila. Reigning Miss Asia-Pacific International is Francieley Ouriques from Brazil.