Reported by Celso De Guzman Caparas
MANILA, Philippines - Our country's delegate Hemilyn Escudero-Tamayo won the coveted title and crown, Mrs. Tourism Universe 2021, during the Virtual Finals of the 4th Mrs. Tourism Pageant on Tuesday, August 3.
She also reaped six Special Awards, namely :
• Best in Talent
• Best in National Costume
• Best in Speech
• Facebook Most Viewed Mother
• YouTube Most Viewed Mother
• Most Supportive Candidate
A classic example of an accomplished and empowered woman / mother
Hemilyn has an impressive bio-data : a certified beauty queen who had competed in various national and international pageants, an artist, entrepreneur, image consultant, investor and a pageant producer to mention a few.
She studied Art at the very prestigious Yale University in Connecticut, USA a couple of years ago just in time before the pandemic has reached out shores.
Most of her works were featured in major painting exhibits in the metropolis and received positive feedbacks from art patrons.
She is also an incumbent officer of United Women's Artist Association of the Philippines (UWAAP) headed by artist Menchu VB Arandilla.
A wife of an Air Force Reservist Officer and a doting mother of two boys, Hemilyn is also an Air Force Reservist under the AFP Reserve Command.
She's the daughter of former Mayor Dr. Oscar Escudero of Sorsogon and a relative of former senator and political icon Chiz Escudero.
Hemilyn is a product of the Fashion Image Institute in San Francisco, California and is now taking up her Master of Science in Psychology Major in Developmental Psychology at the University of Perpetual Help System Laguna and her MA/PhD in Organizational Development.
The four other major titleholders are :
• Mrs. Tourism World 2021 - Mrs. PHIL. / JAPAN Catherine Yogi
(also Mrs. Tourism Charity Queen 2021, Mrs. Photogenic, Social Media Queen, Most Supportive Candidate)
• Mrs. Tourism International 2021 - Mrs. ECUADOR Monica Nugra
(also Mrs. Tourism the Queen Mother 2021 and Most Supportive Candidate)
• Mrs. Tourism Globe 2021 - Mrs. SINGAPORE Eztelle Roche Kaye
(also Best in Talent 2nd runner-up)
• Mrs. Tourism Earth 2021 -Mrs. PERU Lisha Alencaster Nin
(also Best in National Costume)
The remainder of the Top Ten finalists were named Mrs. Tourism Ambassadors 2021, as follows:
• Ambassador for Arts and Culture - Mrs. MAURITIUS Soolochnna S.R.
(also Most Supportive Candidate)
• Ambassador Health and Fitness - Mrs. THAILAND Petchpawe Hirankulchatchawan
(also Best in Evening Gown)
• Ambassador for Educatiion
- Mrs. NORTHERN PHILIPPINES Tony Luaton
• Ambassador for Humanity -Mrs. NAMIBIA Martina Pieper
(also Most Supportive Candidate)
• Ambassador for Peace - Mrs. MYANMAR Thazin Oo
Singapore's Ms. Beverly Tan was named Mrs. Tourism Pageant National Director of the Year.
The esteemed Board of Judges included, photo from left : Mrs. Tourism International 2017 Dr. Risa Caldoza , Mrs. Philippines International 2014 Jessie Maloles , Mrs. World Philippines 2014 Marlan Manguba and Maricel Vest .
The Preliminary Judging and Finals were held in the posh mansion of beauty queen turned entrepreneur Jessie Maloles, a major sponsor.
Two of the country's most sought-after masters of ceremonies, Kristine Caballero-Aplal and Onin Mas ably hosted the two events.
PHOTO # 5 (Ovette Ricalde and Official Candidates)
The Mrs. Tourism Pageant
With a tagline "A Mother Who Cares for the World," the Mrs. Tourism Pageant was established in 2017 by Megastar Productions headed by its Owner and CEO Ovette Ricalde a.k.a. "The Mother of All Pageants."
Photos courtesy of Megastar Productions and Mel Caparas.