The first batch of beauties for Miss Tourism Beauty of the World 2019 has arrived in Puerto Princesa this week.

Eighteen candidates from different countries are expected to compete for the title of “Miss Tourism Beauty of the World 2019” on October 20, in El Nido, Palawan.

Sander Andan, the event organizer, said the pageant aims to promote the tourism industry of each participating country and ensure awareness and involvement in sustainable tourism.

“Miss Tourism beauty of the world is all about sustainability and co-existence of tourism by working hand in hand in protecting the environment,” Andan said.

The first batch of contestants who arrived in Puerto Princesa City was composed of candidates Anne Cherylyn Apas representing the Philippines, Jasmine Paguio of Canada, Devoney Crossman of South Africa, Rovelyn Milford of New Zealand, Rina Nagaoka of Japan and Manassanan Limchanprapha of Thailand.

Andan said they chose El Nido as the venue of their event in order to promote its beauty despite recent environmental issues.

“Napili namin ang El Nido kasi it is under rehabilitation. Why not tell the world na nandoon pa rin ang beauty nya despite the recent environmental issues. This is a way of helping El Nido, ipakita natin na we can take care of the environment while enjoying nature,” he said.

Anne Cherylyn Apas, a Palaweña representing the Philippines in the pageant, said she can use her voice to promote sustainable tourism.

“As a travel enthusiast and a host, I can say that I can use my voice to encourage everyone to promote sustainable tourism,” Apas said.

Apas said this is her first international pageant.

Miss Canada and New Zealand, who both have Filipino blood, said that they are proud of being in Palawan.

“I am Filipina-Canadian and it is my honor to be here in the Philippines. It is a nice and a must-visit place. I think this is one of the purposes of the pageant where we bring the memories of the beautiful sceneries of Palawan wherever we go,” Miss Canada said.

The candidates also emphasized the importance of social media in promoting the tourism industry of their country.

Limchanprapha, as representative of Thailand, said that social media is a powerful tool that can be used to promote their country which is known for pad thai, tuk-tuks, elephants, traditional clothing, temples, and the trans-gender acceptance.

“I usually use my social media accounts to promote my country through taking videos, photos of our different sites that showcase the beauty and culture of Thailand,” she said.

Miss South Africa praised Filipinos for their hospitality and kindness as she observed from arriving and being in the country, “I am really, really amazed at the world-class hospitality of the Filipinos and the kindness of the people. It is also my honor to be here in one of the most beautiful places in the world.”

The candidates will visit Cockatoo Sanctuary on Rasa Island in Narra, Tabon Cave Complex in Quezon, Sofronio Espanola, Aborlan, Taytay, Dumaran and Linapacan.

Representatives from India, Myanmar are among the incoming candidates this week.

The coronation night will be on October 20 in El Nido with international judges.

In 2018, the event called Miss Tourism Beauty of Asia was won by Wipada Inkaew and Philippine representative Ethel Abellanosa as the first runner up.

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