Just last week, The Zen Institute (QC branch) opened its doors to the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 candidates. This is a steadfast partnership of two of the country’s frontrunners in Beauty Tourism.
30 candidates are vying for this year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas. This year, the winners of the Mutya ng Pilipinas Pageant are sent to international pageant events, such as Miss Tourism International, Miss Tourism Queen of the Year, and Miss Intercontinental, and the Miss Asia Pacific International.
The Organization is motivated and inspired by its guiding thrust to assist in promoting Tourism, Social Responsibility, Fashion, and Beauty pageantry — a combination which differentiates itself from other similar pageants. It engages in worthwhile endeavors that will enable itself to achieve and make a contribution to promote the Philippines as a major and revered tourism destination.
For its part, The Zen Institute, the country’s first medical spa, is setting the benchmark for medical tourism.
The candidates were each treated to different services offered by the spa, ranging from foot and body massages, whitening and facials, to body contouring.
Headed by Dra. Mary Jane Torres, an advocate of non-invasive surgery, The Zen Institute, continues to introduce breakthrough products and services, following a protocol-based approach, within the concept of holistic wellness.
The Zen Institute’s guiding philosophy is simple – from inner peace comes true beauty. With the harmonious combination of medical science, creativity and aesthetic sense, it pursues holistic health which in turn manifests itself in true beauty. I was able to tour around the facility and saw that they have adequate rooms for their services, each one ensuring privacy, and personalization of service depending on desired outcome, body type, and other special requests.
Before anything else, meet my favorite candidate, No. 16 Christina De Vries!
Everyone from the media at the presscon was tasked to determine our favorites, and share our pick on Facebook. I scanned the pool of beauties and Christina caught my eye. I went up to her to ask for a photo, to which she quickly replied, “Sure po.” My first take wasn’t good, but they had to leave the area to take more official photos, so she just told me, “Sorry po, but we have to leave na po.” Looking at her, she looks every bit the foreigner. She has a high slightly pointed nose, soft features, and really fair skin.
She got back to me shortly after they went through all the photoshoots, and I got to chat with her briefly. She grew up in Toronto, and has only been to the Philippines twice. This is her second time, she recalls, “I was only 5 years old at that time and i don’t remember much!” She’s really enjoying her stay here, and has visited her grandparents and other relatives in Laguna. She was also extra giddy to be going to Palawan this week for the swimsuit competition. I told her I’m glad the pageant organizer picked Palawan over the other beaches. Palawan has more serene beaches and less people, so the girls can appreciate the beauty of Palawan better.
Christina also loves the malls here. She loves how big and grand they are, and how they ae always packed with people. She’s actually considering staying here because of our malls. I told her, “Well, you might not leave at all when the Filipino spirit grows on you.” We both laughed at that.
Here is the complete list of the 30 Mutya ng Pilipinas Candidates for 2014:
- Anna Margarette Bascon -Lapu-Lapu City
- Dorina Doerr – Tagbilaran/Heidelberg
- Britt Roselyn Rekkedal -Scandinavia
- Ma. Jackielyn Dulay – Nueva Ecija
- Aivy Mae Castro- Daanbantayan
- Nickah Dela Cruz – Bulacan
- Alexandra Faith Garcia – Zambales
- Renalyn Arinque – Capiz
- Cristel Racel -Olongapo City
- Kellie Dione Camoro -Zamboanga
- Beatrice Kathryn Andrada- Canada
- Shanice Aquino – Central Luzon
- Annalita Vizcarra – Murcia, Negros Occidental
- Mary Ryelle Espiritu – Arizona, USA
- Deborah Humpfner -Germany
- Christina De Vries – Toronto
- Maria Leslie Angelina Ghan -Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro
- Cheryl Chen -Tarlac
- Yesley Cabanos -Caloocan
- Candy Cumayas – Bohol
- Kim Fyfe – Australia
- Eva Psychee Patalinjug – Cebu City
- Rosalie Arcenio – Aklan
- Froilene Villanueva – Iloilo
- Patrizia Bosco – Milan
- Gleniffer Perido – Cordilleras
- Angela Aninang -Mabalacat
- Jovilyn Gavan – Davao
- Pauline Edralin -Melbourne
- Aiko Rachelle Caraan – Talisay, Cebu
Group photos with Dr. Torres:
The Mutya ng Pilipinas board is led by Joseph T. Tan (Chairman) and Jacqueline C. Tan (President), and the grand coronation night will be held on August 8, at the Solaire Resort and Casino.
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