MISS INTERNATIONAL 2000 UPDDATE
Quezon City, Nov. 19, 2000 ( BULLETIN by Ronald Constantino ) - Dewi Sukarno behind Joanna's elimination?
This Miss International 2000 update is being published upon request of numerous Highspeed readers, courtesy of Jay P. Delgado.
The 2000 Miss International Beauty Pageant was held last October 4 at the Koseinenkin Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, Japan with Joanna Maria Mijares Peñaloza as our official delegate. Unlike the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants, Miss Internatioanl is not aired live on local television.
Likewise, it does not get as much mileage in print as the two pageants. Numerous Highspeed readers - pageant followers ob-viously - have been requesting for a list of this year's Miss Int'l winners, semi-finalists and special awardees to complete their Miss Int'l Story clippings (the honor roll of the first 39 years of which was published in this column recently). The Highspeed Club is only too happy to oblige, with accompanying photos provided by a pageant contributor who requested anonymity.
The 2000 Miss International Beauty Pageant was won by Miss Venezuela, Vivian Ines Urdaneta Rincon. The 21-year-old, 5'9", 36-24-36 beauty bested a field of 58 contestants from around the world. She won 2 million yen, a trophy, and a replica of the new Miss International pearl crown designed by Estelle.
The first runner-up was Miss Korea, 19-year-old Tae-Young Sohn; she won 1 million yen and a coronet. The second runner-up was Miss Russia, Svet-lana Victorovna Goreva, 18; she won 800,000 yen and a coronet.
The top three winners were chosen from 15 semi-finalists that included: Angeliki Lakouras (Canada), Carolina Cruz Osorio (Colombia), Marketa Svo-bodna (Czec Republic), Kati Hannele Nirkko (Finland), Ga-yatri Anilkumar Joshi (India), Kanaka Shibata (Japan), Leticia Judith Murray Acedo (Mexico), Michaela Strahlova (Slovak Republic), Gabrielle Elisabeth Heinerborg (Sweden), Ismahero Lahmar (Tunisia), Hulya Karanlik (Turkey), and Razumovska Anatoliyivna Yana (Ukraine).
Three special awards were also given to Miss Korea (Miss Photogenic), Miss Germany Dreen Adler (Miss Friendsip), and Miss Aruba Carolina Francisca Albertsz (Miss National Costume).
Urdaneta succeeded 1999 Miss International Paulina Galvez of Colombia and became the third Venezuelan to be crowned as Miss International after Alejandrina Sicilia (1985) and Consuelo Adler (1997). She is also the 12th major world beauty titlist from her country which has also won 5 Miss World and 4 Miss Universe winners. Urdanate's victory fortified Venezuela's reputation as the top producer of world beauty queens.
Upon her arrival from the Tokyo pageant, our bet Joanna Peñaloza intimated that she had lots of fun and enjoyed her 10-day stay in Japan as the Philippine ambassaodr of goodwill. She said she was able to make friends with many contestants and didn't mind not making it to the Top 15.
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ANTI-FILIPINO?–When Joanna learned much later that one of the judges, Ratna Sari Dewi Sukarno (wife of the former Indonesian president), could have been instrumental about her outright elimination, she felt sad about it. Joanna enthused further that, if it was indeed true that Sukarno campaigned against her, something should have been done about it.
With nary a tinge of sourgraping, Joanna felt proud to have represented the Philippines in the 40th edition of the pageant that has been won by three Filipinas (Gemma Cruz, Au-Au Pijuan, and Melanie Marquez) in the past.
It will be recalled that Sukarno was involved in a wine-glass "slashing" incident in a posh party in New York City many years ago that injured the face of Minnie Osmeña, granddaughter of the late Philippine President Sergio Osmeña. Appa-rently, Sukarno was jea-lous of Osmeña whom she considered a threat to her stature as the top jet-setting Asian celebrity in The Big Apple. Minnie sued Dewi, won the case, and had her jailed. This could have sparked an anti-Filipino sentiment in Sukarno, reason enough not to qualify her as a judge in an international beauty contest - much less, one that included an entry from the Philippines.
The 2000 Miss International beauty pageant will be aired over GMA-7 very soon.
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'KASANGGA' 1st ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – To celebrate a successful year, "Kasangga" adds realism to the two episodes of its anniversary special by filming right where the shocking crimes took place - Cebu.
For the first true story, Rudy Fernandez tackles the story of Raniel Augusto, Cebu's "Public enemy No. 1" Raniel, played by Bobby An-drews, was hired by Mr. and Mrs. Vicente Lao. Raniel gets envious of his co-worker, Gibson (Jhong Hilario), who he thinks is being given special treatment by their employers. One day, Raniel "snaps" and brutally murders Gibson together with the couple. To make matters worse, Raniel burns the store owned by the couple.
Daboy visits Raniel in jail for an interview.
But before "Kasangga," don't forget to watch "Kool Ka Lang's" anniversary episode - a wild take on The Island of Dr. Moreau: "The Island of Dr. Monro." While cleaning Ilog Dagat-dagatan, Jack, Mang Mags, Dagul, Long, Gina, Gancho, Naty, Aling Nadya and company get swept by violent currents and find themselves in an island of half-animal, half-human inha-bitants run by the mad Dr. Monro (Eric Quizon).
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