girl crowned Miss ASEAN 2005
|Jhezarie Javier, Miss
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