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New official vows bigger, better Miss World PH pageant

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A bigger and better Miss World Philippines (MWP) beauty contest awaits pageant fans after the appointment of its new general manager Arnold Mercado.

Miss Eco International 2019 1st runner-up Maureen Montagne poses with Arnold Vegafria (right), Miss World Philippines national director, and Arnold Mercado (left), newly appointed MWP general manager,  during her homecoming at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Ortigas Center in Pasig City recently. (Photo by Robert Requintina)

Miss Eco International 2019 1st runner-up Maureen Montagne poses with Arnold Vegafria (right), Miss World Philippines national director, and Arnold Mercado (left), newly appointed MWP general manager, during her homecoming at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Ortigas Center in Pasig City recently. (Photo by Robert Requintina)

“It’s an honor and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be chosen as the new general manager of Miss World Philippines.

This is my passion, and I will surely give my utmost dedication to this job. You should expect a new branding for Miss World Philippines – one that is more competitive, prestigious, and relevant,” said Mercado during the homecoming for Miss Eco International 2019 first runner-up Maureen Montagne at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Ortigas Centre in Pasig City recently.

Mercado, known as Mama Ru in the pageant scene, was one of the pillars of the Aces and Queens beauty camp as its personality development trainer, and was also operations manager of Empire Studios.

“What I can promise is that we will have candidates for MWP who are beautiful and competent. Yung tipo na pag nakita mo sila, mahihirapan ka talagang pumili ng winners dahil lahat sila winnable, ” Mercado said.

Mercado replaced Bessie Besana, who is now focused on fashion. Asked what makes him different from Besana, Mercado politely answered “I don’t want to be compared.”

He vows to work harder with Arnold Vegafria, MWP national director, to produce another Miss World winner.

“I don’t want to wait for another 56 years for the Philippines to produce another Miss World,” said Mercado, a civil engineer by profession who graduated from the University of the Philippines.

Mercado was referring to the victory of Filipino actress-model Megan Lynne Young, who bagged the first Miss World crown for the Philippines in 2013.

“We all want to have another Miss World crown. I’ll make sure that we will work on it. Sooner or later we will have our second Miss World crown, ” he said.

At the same event, Montagne said that she will be joining show business soon, following her international pageant stint.

“I am joining show biz and jumping straight back into work. I will be shooting my first Filipino movie ‘Go! La Union’ later this month. I will also continue modeling and hosting on a bigger scale,” said Montagne.

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