MANILA, Philippines — Nicole Borromeo of the Philippines jumped to the No. 2 spot in the Asia-Pacific region, in the latest Miss International pageant’s online poll.
On Oct. 15, the Cebu-based Borromeo ranked third in her region, following Vietnam’s Nguyen Phuong Nhi and Bangladesh’s Farzana Yasmin Ananna. The Vietnamese beauty maintained her lead in the latest partial count on Oct. 17.
But Ananna was dislodged of her spot in the Top 3, with a new delegate moving up, former Miss Philippines Australia and Charity Queen Australia Jazel Mae Alarca, who is representing the Land Down Under in the 2023 Miss International pageant.
The votes were taken from an online poll on the Miss International mobile app, powered by Choicely, and available for free on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The top delegates from three geographic regions will earn automatic spots in the Top 15.
For the Americas, Itzia Garcia from Mexico maintained her lead, while Yamilex Hernandez from the Dominican Republic moved up to the second spot. Andrea Rubio from Venezuela who was second in the initial partial count has left the Top 3 in the latest tabulation, with Vanessa Hayes from Bolivia placing third.
Europe and Africa, lumped in one geographic region for the poll, has a new leader. Nassita Diako from Cote D’Ivoire who was not even among the top vote-getters in the initial partial count now tops the group, dislodging Lilene Vieira Sarrao from Portugal who is now out of the Top 3. Lysia Allaire from France and Zoi Asoumanaki from Greece are still in second and third places, respectively.
“Keep on voting for your favorite delegates by downloading our Miss International App” the pageant reminded the public on social media.
Nicole Borromeo is not new to pageants. She was crowned Sinulog Festival Queen in 2019 and took home the Millenial Queen title that year.
Last year, first runner-up Stephany Amado from Cape Verde and second runner-up Tatiana Calmell from Peru topped the voting for Europe, Africa, and the Americas, respectively. Savanna Delos Santos from the Northern Mariana Islands, who topped the poll for Asia-Pacific, finished in the Top 15.
The results of the online voting will be announced during the coronation show at the Yoyogi Gymnasium No. 2 in Tokyo’s Shibuya ward on Oct. 26, where reigning Miss International Jasmin Selberg will crown her successor.
Nicole Borromeo will try to become the seventh Filipino woman to win the Miss International title, after Gemma Cruz in 1964, Aurora Pijuan in 1970, Melanie Marquez in 1979, Precious Lara Quigaman in 2005, Bea Rose Santiago in 2013, and Kylie Verzosa in 2016. /rcg