The first-ever Miss International Queen Philippines pageant has arrived in the Philippines. Following the success of the Miss International Queen franchise overseas, organizers have set their eyes on crowning the first-ever MIQPh.
Organizers held a press conference on August 28, 2021, at the Aquila Crystal Palace in Tagaytay City, Philippines. The media launch kickstarted the chain of events that will lead to the finale and crowning slated to happen on November 28, 2021.
Since the Philippines continues to be under strict quarantine protocols, only selected pageant organizers and media were invited to the event. Those who were at the event included Miss International Queen 2006 1st Runner-Up Patricia Montecarlo, Miss International Queen 2004 2nd Runner-up Christina Dandan, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray’s main stylist and MIQ 2013 alumna Justine Aliman, Philanthropist and MIQPh Producer Jing Lumaban, and lastly CEO/ National Director /Miss International Queen alumna Michelle Montecarlo respectively.
Other participants invited who participated virtually through Zoom included First Filipino Miss International Queen Kevin Balot, Miss International Queen 2020 Valentina Fluchaire, Miss International Queen 2020 alumna Jess Labares, Miss International Queen Organization Chairperson Alisa Phanthusak Kunpalin, and Tiger Songer of Tiffany’s Pattaya.
Hundreds of applicants are expected to join the event, but only 25 trans Filipinas will be selected to compete for the crown. The first-ever MIQPh titleholder will then go on to represent the Philippines in the Miss International Queen 2022 competition which will be held in Pattaya, Thailand.
The winner of the competition will also receive a cash prize of 300,000 PHP, gift packages worth 500,000 PHP, the Miss International Queen Philippines crown designed by God Diamonds, and roundtrip tickets to Bangkok.
“We will be staging a fair, just, friendly, safe, and world-class pageant,” MIQ National Director Michelle Montecarlo said during the press conference. She also shared that she is excited for a Filipina trans woman to take home the international crown again. The Philippines’ most recent win for Miss International Queen happened in 2015 when Trixie Maristela was crowned the winner.