Miss World Philippines (MWP) made the official announcement on Tuesday, 28 June, at 6 p.m. through social media that the organization is the new franchisee for both Mister and Miss Supranational title. The winner of the 2020 edition of Miss World Philippines, Miss Supranational Philippines, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas, Miss Eco International Philippines, Miss Eco Teen International Philippines, Miss Multinational Philippines and Miss Philippines Tourism will be named in January 2021.
“Aside from strengthening our foothold in the local and global pageant scenes, the addition of the Miss Supranational title will provide our aspiring Filipina queens with another relevant platform for women empowerment. We are thankful for the trust and confidence that the Miss Supranational organization has given us, and we assure them of our commitment and our world-class brand of production values that are always a hallmark of our pageants,” Mister & Miss World Philippines national director Arnold Vegafria shared.
Mister & Miss Supranational Organization president Gerhard Parzutka von Lipinski is delighted and impressed by the production value of the ALV Events and Group of Companies. “As we continue to strengthen the brand, we are excited about the modern, fresh approach that you will bring as our partner for Miss Supranational in the Philippines. We believe you have the knowledge and expertise to help the brand reach much greater heights,” Von Lipinski stated in a letter to Vegafria, who is also the president of ALV Events and Group of Companies.
Reigning Miss Supranational 2019 Thailand’s Anntonia Porsild also shared her excitement through a video message, “Mabuhay Philippines! I’m very happy to welcome Mr. Arnold Vegafria and the Miss World Philippines organization to the Supra family. We wish you all the best of luck. And I can’t wait to see who will represent your beautiful country in the 12th edition of Miss Supranational.”
Porslid is the first Thai and the fifth Asian to win the title last year.
Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI) was the previous franchise holder of the Binibining Pilipinas Supranational title for eight years. Through BPCI, the Philippines’ official representatives consistently sashayed on the Polish-owned beauty pageant created in 2009.
Isabela’s Mutya Johanna Fontiveros Datul made history in Belarus, becoming the first Filipina and Asian to win the Miss Supranational title in 2013. She was also awarded Miss Supranational Personality during the preliminary events.
Datul, a former Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2012 Top 10 finalist, has traveled to China, Gabon, Panama, Poland, Myanmar to name a few during her reign. Appointed by BPCI, the Philippines’ first official representative was Binibining Pilipinas 2012 first runner-up Elaine Kay Moll who placed 3rd runner-up. Other placements in the competition are Top 10 finalists Chanel Olive Thomas (2017) and Jehza Mae Huelar (2018); Top 20 finalists Yvethe Marie Santiago (2014) and Rogelie Catacutan (2015); and Top 25 finalists Joanna Eden (2016) and Resham Saeed (2019).
Another appointee Katrina Jayne Dimaranan competed against Huelar and represented the United States in the 10th edition where she was named first runner-up. Prior to representing the United States in Miss Supranational 2018, Filipino-American Dimaranan competed against Moll in the 49th edition of Binibining Pilipinas where she won Binibining Talent and Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2012. Dimaranan did not compete in 2012 and her 2018 placement in Miss Supranational was her highest in her pageant journey.