Representing the Philippines, Jannie Loudette Alipo-on, 25, was named Miss Tourism International 2017 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia on Dec. 6, Wednesday. She bested 48 other contestants during the 20th edition of the beauty pageant run by the D’ Touch International Sdn. Bhd. Foundation.
Alipo-on inherited the crown from Miss Tourism International 2016 Ariel Pearse of New Zealand. This made the former the fourth Filipino to win the title.
The first Miss Tourism International from the Philippines was Maria Esperanza Manzano, who was crowned in Selangor, Malaysia in 2000 and the second one was the late Rizzini Alexis Gomes in 2012. Angeli Dione Gomez won the crown in 2013 giving the Philippines a back-to-back win.
On Aug. 4, Alipo-on was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Miss Tourism International owner Tan Sri Danny Ooi was one of the judges during the coronation night.
Alipo-on is a broadcast journalist who hails from Navotas City, Metro Manila. She used to be a member of the 24K Girls of the Philippine version of “Deal of No Deal.”
In 2013, Alipo-on represented Cabugao, Ilocos Sur in Miss Philippines Earth and reached the Top 10 but did not advance to the finals. In 2015, she also made it to the Top 13 of Miss World Philippines but did not advance to the finals.
At Miss Tourism International 2017, Alipo-on also won Miss Gintell Wellness, an award from one of the sponsors. Crowned along with the Filipino beauty queen were Miss Tourism Metropolitan International 2017 Maja Sieron of Poland, Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan International 2017 Lois Merry Tangel of Indonesia, Miss Tourism Global 2017 Diana Hills of Australia and Dreamgirl of the Year International 2017 Julia Do Vale Horta of Brazil.
In 2015, a video of Alipo-on talking about the traffic mess in Metro Manila went viral. Watch it here: