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Kimi Mugford praises Miss World Philippines 2019 candidates Kristi Banks, Ruffa Nava

Kristi Celyn Banks

Kristi Celyn Banks

Miss Multinational Asia 2018 Kimi Mugford was not able to attended the screening for Miss World Philippines 2019 because she was in Los Angeles, California, United States visiting family. She was present during the press presentation of the 40 official candidates at Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City, Metro Manila on August 29, 2019.

On August 4, 2019, the Miss World Philippines Organization announced the first 37 candidates who will compete for the Miss World Philippines 2019 title. The three remaining delegates were chosen from the Continental Miss World Philippines USA pageant based in Los Angeles.

During the press presentation, I asked Mugford who among the 40 candidates were her favorites. The reigning Miss Multinational Asia 2018 told me her personal picks were Kristi Celyn Banks, 24, of Mandaluyong City and Ruffa Nava, 26, of Iloilo City.

Ruffa Nava, Ilene de Vera, Maria Katrina Llegado, Patricia Gutierrez, Mary Resurreccion

Ruffa Nava, Ilene de Vera, Maria Katrina Llegado, Patricia Gutierrez, Mary Resurreccion

Banks was Miss Manila 2018  fourth runner-up. An alumna of the University of Santo Tomas, she has been working in Baer Reed Inc, as a senior legal assistant since 2015 and as a safety health officer since 2017.

“She’s definitely one of my favorites just because she really does have a pageant background,” Mugford said of  Banks. “And the way she carries herself is definitely a standout from a lot of the other candidates so she’s definitely one that I will keep my eye on if I was one of the girls competing this year.”

Nava is not new to beauty pageants, as well. She joined Miss World Philippines 2014 but did not place and Binibining Pilipinas 2017 and made it to the Top 25.

“And of course, there are other girls who aren’t really as talked about such as Ruffa,” Mugford said of Nava. “She was one of the girls who definitely had a standout look to me.”

On September 15, 2019, Katarina Rodriguez will crown her successor at the Miss World Philippines 2019 coronation night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. It will air live on GMA network.

Aside from the Miss World Philippines 2019 title, five other crowns will be given namely Miss Eco Philippines 2019, Miss Multinational Philippines 2019, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2019, Miss Tourism Philippines 2019 and Miss Teen Eco International Philippines 2019.

Here is my short interview with Mugford:

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