By Bong Forouzan
Amy Ma (China) Wins Miss Pearl of Asia UK 2014
They were already winners as they first came on stage beaming with pride, donned in their traditional costumes. Sixteen (16) glamorous and shimmering Pearls vied for the beauty title but only one won the crown. Young Miss Amy Ma, representing China, came out top and was crowned Miss Pearl of Asia UK 2014 on Saturday 29th November held at Camden Centre, London.
Sixteen (16) years old Amy Ma – coincidentally, Pearl # 16 at the pageant – is a young fitness fanatic who credit herself with genuine flare for learning languages which she enjoys as self-therapeutic hobby. She has had a fair share of competing in cheerleading tournaments to playing the piano; a college sports captain who lead all-girls-basketball team to win county competitions and has done numerous photo shoots for local small businesses.
At the pageantry Amy’s tall, toned, slim figure also won her the Best in Swimwear category and Best Formal Wear with her figure-hugging black-silky-lace gown. She’s not just all beauty, she’s smart too. Amy definitely earned additional points in the Q&A portion for her succinct witty answer on how to prevent further spread of Ebola, a virulent epidemic faced by today’s society. She confidently replied: “It has been controlled in the past and can be controlled again through educational awareness and proper health care.” As the newly crowned Miss Pearl of Asia UK (2014), Amy becomes honorary ambassador representing MPOAUK at various projects and activities. She will receive three years funding to sponsor a child from the SOS Children’s Village in the country of her choice. In addition to the title sash, trophy and bouquet, Amy received cash prize donated by D-Dance and £300 facial voucher donated by Dr Pather Aesthetics.
Runner-up winners were: Jameelah Bowden (Philippines) – crowned 1st Pearl MPOAUK 2014. She also won Best Traditional Wear category award with her Singkil motif Philippine costume, a traditional royal Maranao attire in the northern Mindanao island of the Philippines. Jameelah currently works for award-winning estate agency, Orchards of London, where she recently received silver and bronze awards for top marketing and customer services. Outside MPOAUK, Jameelah already won Miss London NABA 2013 and Miss NABA 2013. Her dream achievement is to have her own Filipino restaurant in the heart of London.
Queenie Mak (Hong Kong) – crowned 2nd Pearl MPOAUK 2014. “Always the queen in her mom’s heart,” she has modelled for Abercrombie & Fitch in Hong Kong, a finalist of the Propeller TV Presenter competition and was one of the participating beauties of The London Chinese Weekly. Queenie aims to live true to her name knowing that “a real Queen embraces imperfections and accepts flaws; has the ability to admire the beauty of differences in race and gender; and the capability to overlook outer beauty than inner beauty.”
Gurbani Mehta (India) – crowned 3rd Pearl MPOAUK 2014 and won Miss Congeniality achievement award, voted by the other Pearls. She is a law graduate who has set up her own company, GA Range Ltd, specializing in women’s comfort lingerie. Recently, she became an internal trustee in her local Gurdwara (temple) which brought her closer to her community and gave her the opportunity to contribute towards its betterment. Alongside helping out in her family charity shop in Tooting London she also founded a children’s group (aged 3-15) to help learn their heritage and values.
Kethosee Nagi (Nagaland/India) – crowned 4th Pearl MPOAUK 2014. She also won the Miss Popularity and Miss Social Media awards; adding to her record of achievements listing Masters degree in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship, flight attendant Kingfisher Airlines 2008-2011, assistant marketing manager for Radio Indigo in Bangalore (India), model for BMA Models London, Headline models Newcastle, Pomp magazine and Space Models London, current Miss Newcastle British Empire, top 18 finalists for Miss Galaxy England, Miss North East Galaxy 2014 and Miss Charity Galaxy England 2014. Being the highest fundraiser (ticket sales) Kethosee won the Miss Popularity MPOAUK 2014 title that ensured a place in the top five (5) Pearl finalists and prize return flight ticket to any Asian country.
Other title awards were: Pearl #9 – Geerati Thatsanasuwan (Thailand) – voted as Miss Endeavour for perfect attendance and solid commitment to the pageant; and Pearl # 12 – Fifi Komaira (Lebanon) – judged as Miss Photogenic. The other Pearls were – winners in their own right – Sophia Deen (Afghanistan), Dorothy Limo Yang (China), Becci Lau (Hong Kong), Sadhana Burman, Anita Devi, Meghna Divecha, Akshata Kamath, and Aleesha Toor (India), and Annie Yang-Mac (Vietnam).
The pageantry (as promised) was, indeed, an evening of glamorous beauties and pleasing entertainment ably hosted by Jenny Cortes-Ybanes, Phil Panganiban and Ronnie Marinas. Paris Feorgia, Joshua Igbo, Yinka Williams were at their peak in all their song renditions whilst D-Dance Minis, D-Dance Fusion and D-Dance Zodiac showcased energetic, sassy, stylish mix dance choreographies. Adding sparkle to the limelight was the guest appearance of 20 year old shy-hunk-model, Adam Rhys Davies. Twenty (20) year old Adam is a British track-and-field athlete and a student from Nothingham Trent University completing Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, major in Banking and Finance. He is half Pilipino who was recently crowned Mister Model International 2014 (Philippines) and will be representing the country at the Mr Model International pageant on 7th December 2014 at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
CONGRATULATIONS are in order to the Miss Pearl of Asia UK pageant not only for another successful event but for establishing a local pageant that showcase Asian inherent physical beauties, foster various Asian cultures and help break poverty cycle through charity institution/s. MPOAUK supports the SOS Children’s Village, a charity institution known to help prevent children from ending up alone – providing loving family homes, quality education and healthcare –transforming young lives for over 60 years, along with associated community programmes, in 125 countries around the world, specially Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.
Just before handing over her crown, Karen Tang Miss Pearl of Asia UK 2013, expressed her happiness for the privileged experience of meeting new friends and sponsoring an SOS Village child. “The friendship formed between seven (7) year old John Archangel [and I], is a bond to treasure.”
Included in the program was a video-clip presentation of MPOAUK’s other charity project carried out last year – in particularly the “food relief” project conducted (in cooperation with Mabuhay Foundation) in Pantalan, Visayas island. The food relief project reached over 70 families displaced by the Haiyan typhoon devastation.
MPOAUK (Miss Pearl of Asia UK Ltd) is founded by Miss Diana Bieles with the efficient assistance of her team comprise of Mirella Rambuyon (Managing Director), Michelle Trotter (Director of Marketing & Events), Krystle Tolentino (Director of Business Development), Jennifer Umali (PR & Marketing Manager), Louise Tolentino (Management Assistant), Sharon-Lin Harwood (Online Pr & Marketing Assistant), Levenia Obligacion (Online Pr & Marketing Assistant) and Sarah Jane Salvador (Online Pr & Marketing Assistant.).
“The night may still be young” so to speak, for the winners and organisers as they soak in their winnings and bask in its brilliance; but preparations are now underway geared for another successful pageant come 2015. Should you want to take part, contact MPOAUK and register now. /ends