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Filipino girl crowned Miss ASEAN 2005

Update: March, 21/2005 - 00:00

Filipino girl crowned Miss ASEAN 2005

(21-03-2005)

Jhezarie Javier, Miss ASEAN

A 23-year-old Filipino girl has been named as this year’s Miss ASEAN, but she now has a big job ahead of her for the next year working as the Goodwill Ambassador promoting ASEAN tourism and industry.

Jhezarie Javier was the popular choice for the audience and the panel at Saturday’s inaugural event held in Jarkata. She won the award for her fluency in English, elegant behaviour and exceptional figure.

"May the ASEAN countries join hands for a better future," said Javier while answering a question from the anchor. Applause erupted in the audience when the 175-cm orphan was named the winner. She will now spend the next year promoting human and natural resources in the region, and help upgrade tourism and trade development for countries in the association.

Javier, an orphan since she was four-years-old, has been working with a charity in her motherland to help orphans and children from poor families start their lives anew.

First and second runners-up for the title were 22-year-old Imelda Fransisca from Indonesia, and 23-year-old Panisa Chaikanarakkil from Thailand.

Javier, Imelda and Panisa also won the titles of Miss Natural Beauty, Miss Favourite and Miss Congeniality, respectively. Twenty-one-year-old Ei Yupa Win from Myanmar won the title of Miss Talented.

Vietnamese Miss Tourism Nguyen Thao Huong who won the Miss Photogenic title, took part in the contest with another eight girls from Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

The ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council organised the competition in a bid to promote business development in each country and to enhance the integration of the ASEAN economy.

"There are many ways to create friendship and co-operation among different countries, through politics, trade and culture. The Miss ASEAN 2005 Pageant is one way to do it," said the organisers.

The beauties were judged on a 100-point scale. Forty points were awarded for cleverness, 30 for natural beauty, and 30 for etiquette. All the national beauties appeared in their traditional dress, and there was no swimsuit section.

The judging panel consisted of representatives from every ASEAN member country including former winners of Miss Beauty prizes, designers, ambassadors, former cultural ministers. Vietnamese poet Duong Xuan Nam who is the editor-in-chief of Tien Phong newspaper was also on the panel. — VNS

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