A 15-year-old student of the Colegio San Agustin in Makati City who is also into modelling has been chosen to represent the Philippines in the Miss Teen International 2018 contest which will be held in New Delhi, India from Dec. 12-19.
Simone Nadine Bornilla, who is the reigning Miss Philippine Youth, is a Grade 10 student of Colegio San Agustin in Makati City. Nadine, as fondly called by her peers, loves to sing. She is a Senior Soprano 1 member of the prestigious Augustinian Singers of Colegio San Agustin-Makati.
Bornilla underwent summer training workshops at Spotlight Artist Centre under the supervision of Isay Alvarez. When she was 8, she also attended ballet classes at Ballet Manila under the supervision of Lisa Macuja.
The teen queen is an aspiring neurosurgeon who advocates “quality healthcare as a right and not as priviledge.” Her father is Dr. Jumel Bornilla who practices internal medicine.
Now on its 25th year, the Miss Teen International is the oldest running beauty pageant for teen girls aged 14 to 19. It was founded by Enrique González.
Sofia Andersson of Sweden was the first winner of Miss Teen International when the pageant started in 1993. Considered to be the world’s biggest teen pageant, more than 35 countries from all over the world are expected to participate in this year’s contest.
The same pageant has become a springboard for some of the world’s successful beauty queens.
Lynette Do Nascimento was the winner of Miss Teen International 2010. She was also crowned Miss Aruba World 2016.
Adriana Paniagua of Nicaragua was crowned Miss Teen International 2011. She now represents her country in the 2018 Miss Universe contest.
Miss Teen International 2001 Yara Lasanta, of Puerto Rico, participated in Miss World 2010 and became one of the semi-finalists. She is now a famous journalist in her country.
Nazareth Cascante of Costa Rica was crowned Miss Teen International 2009. She represented her country in the 2012 Miss Universe pageant.
Lauryn Eagle, a professional boxer from Australia, won Miss Teen International in 2004.
Valerie Hernandez of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss Teen International 2012. Two years later, she was crowned Miss International.
Miss Teen International 2006 Mayra Matos, of Puerto Rico, was 4th runner-up in Miss Universe 2009.