Representing Costa Rica, model Fiorella Cortez Arbenz, 25, was one of the Miss Asia Pacific International 2019 winners. She was declared fourth runner-up on October 9, 2019.
Cortez holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. It is her dream to have her own specialized clinic in this field in the future.
Hailing from San José, Costa Rica, Cortez has been modelling since she was 18 years old. She has participated in Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week.
Currently, Cortez is signed with Independent Model Management Costa Rica. She appears in the music video of the song “Señorita” by Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona, 55.
Including Cortez, a total of 54 women from Asia Pacific and neighboring countries competed in Miss Asia Pacific International 2019. Hosted by Samir “Sam YG” Gogna, 35, Joey Mead-King, 43, and “Celebrity Car Wars” host Bobby Tonelli, 43, the coronation night took place at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Areef Mohammad Omar Akeel, 22, of the Philippines crowned Chaiyenne Huisman, 20, as her successor. Eoanna Constanza, 24, Dominican Republic, Jessica Victoria Cianchino, 21, of Canada and Carolina Schüler, 25, of Brazil and were the respective first, second and third runners-up.
Miss Asia Pacific International is the oldest international beauty pageant in Asia. It was founded in 1968 as Miss Asia Quest, which was open to candidates from Asia and Oceania.
In 1968, the beauty pageant was renamed Miss Asia Pacific Quest, welcoming contestants from not only Asia and Oceania but also the countries in the Americas that border the Pacific Ocean. In 2005, it was renamed Miss Asia Pacific International.
The beauty pageant went on hiatus from 2006 to 2015 and was revived in 2016. Its current president is Jacqueline Tan-Sainz.
Among the sponsors of Miss Asia Pacific International 2019 were Trainstation, the University of Perpetual Help, Sherlock Lockset, King 3 Lang, Zanea Shoes, Teledata, Sherlux, Sony Boy Mindo Couture and Thistles and Blooms. The major sponsors were First Standard Finance Corporation, Paciflex Wires and Cables, Marriott Manila, FOCUS Ilaw ng Bayan, Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa and Hotel 101 Manila.
On October 3, 2019, the Miss Asia Pacific International 2019 candidates had a welcome party with the members of the press at The Selah Garden Hotel in Pasay City. During the event, Conan Daily did a quick question-and-answer portion with Cortez: