Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Aklan beauty queen to represent PHL to Miss Asia Pacific pageant

A beauty queen from this province will represent the Philippines to the Miss Asia Pacific World beauty pageant.

Michelle Martha Braun, 21, who won the Miss Philippines-Earth Air in 2009, is wishing her countrymen's support and vote at the website.

The Miss Asia Pacific International is the first and oldest beauty pageant in Asia. It began as a regional pageant in 1968, known as the Miss Asia Quest. Participating countries came from Asia and Oceania.

In 1985, the pageant changed its name to the Miss Asia Pacific Quest, to encompass countries not just in the Asian and Oceania region, but those of North, Central and South America with borders touching the Pacific Ocean.

In 2008, however, the annual holding of the beauty pageant was canceled due to lack of sponsors, participants and popularity.

This year, the prestigious beauty pageant will be held in the Floating Island in Seoul, Korea on June 11 with around 70 countries reportedly joining the event.

Braun, from New Washington, Aklan, graduated from the Aklan Catholic College here and currently works as a fashion model. An environmentalist, one of her advocacy is the preservation of Boracay Island.

“My secrets in winning beauty pageants in the past are prayers, determination and projecting my best,” Braun said.

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