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Mr & Miss Philippines UK (MPUK) 2016: Kimberley Escartin and Joshua Blaza win title crowns

By Bong Forouzan

Seven (7) was the winning lucky number of the night. Miss Kimberley Escartin and Mr Joshua Blaza were tagged with number seven as competing candidates and both won the title crowns Mr and Miss Philippines UK 2016 respectively held last 18th September at the Camden Centre in London.

Winners in their own right from the very start, nine (9) lovely ladies and eight (8) charming gentlemen rivalled for the titles and crowns. The ladies with Kimberley were: Veronica Mae Elipe, Hannah De Guzman, Denesse Mallari, Nicole Imperio, Stephanie Salinas, Annabel Marshall, Charmaine Cudal and Therese Mallari. Gentlemen with Joshua were: Berchman Jadoc, Stephen Arambulo, Oliver Patriarca, Carl David, Brian Richarson, Angel Capili and Kevin Mijares.

The pageantry – ably emceed by Mischelle Macadangdang, Matthew James Fernandez and Peps Villanueva – progressed smoothly with the candidates at their coolest, relaxed and friendly competing display of antics that had the audience appreciatively “reeling” in their seats and “hooting” encouragements to their bet candidate(s).

Judges with the panel of adjudicators came out with list of deserving title winners: Among the ladies were: Stephanie Salinas 1st runner up MPUK 2016, Charmaine Cudal - 2nd runner up MPUK 2016 and Miss Friendship; Therese Mallari - 3rd runner up MPUK 2016; Annabel Marshall - Miss Philippine Charity 2016, and Nicole Imperio as People’s Choice 2016. And from the gentlemen were Angel Capili -1st runner up MPUK 2016, Best in Casual Wear and Mr Friendship 2016, Stephen Arambulo - 2nd runner up MPUK 2016; Berchman Jadoc - 3rd runner up MPUK 2016; and Kevin Mijares – Best in Swimwear.

Crowned Miss Philippines UK 2016, Kimberly Escartin, won the judges and audience hearts with her definitive ‘model-like-catwalk’ prance. She also won Best Formal Wear, Best Swimwear, and Best Casual Wear. Nineteen (19) years old Kimberley, born in the southern province of Leyte, plays badminton and loves to travel. She is currently studying Travel and tourism at City of Westminster College and aims to become a successful businesswoman someday.

Joshua Blaza, crowned Mr Philippines UK 2016, wowed the judges and audience with his cool moonlight pace and charming “come-on” smile. He also won Mr Philippine Charity 2016, Best Formal Wear and People’s Choice 2016. He is an energetic young man who plays basketball, badminton and football, a swimming buff who loves listening to music and plays the ukulele. Sixteen (16) years old Joshua, born in Bangued, Abra, is set to study A-levels in Accounting, Economics, Maths and Computer Science having confidently earned A*–A grades in all twelve of his GCSE’s. Eventually, he aims to complete a university degree in Accounting & Finance which would equipped him becoming a successful businessman and enable him to realize his dream project to help create jobs for those who are less fortunate.

This year’s contest is the 39th feat of Mr & Miss Philippines UK pageantry. Organised and founded by Mrs Eva Macadangdang in 1976, hence by far, the longest running beauty contest in the Phil-Anglo community. “I take pride in saying that [this] event started when there was no such special entertainment being held for the Filipino community, and so thereafter became the annual highlight for [our] community,” enthused Mrs Macadangdang. The original pageant, Miss Philippines UK, was given an added boost when in 1978 MPUK incorporated Mr Philippines “to give the young men also the chance to prove that they too can compete in the same way as the girls,” she added. MPUK’s aim in this yearly pageantry is to develop the youth’s individualities and raise awareness of their beauty (within and outward), talents, academic excellence for themselves and for the future benefit of the community they live in. The pageantry brings to its audience an evening of entertainment not only from the competition section but also from the candidates’ group-presentations and the guest performers. This year the guest entertainers were Jahnna Pauleen Lucero, Miss Tsungai Tsikirai, Goodwin de Leon, GDC dance group and Stylistix dancers. Given its yearly success, MPUK 2017 competition will surely be grand as it will be the pageantry’s 40th anniversary. Hence mark your community calendar early so as not to miss the celebration. //ends //

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