Camelle Mercado wins second Miss United Continents crown for Philippines | Inquirer Entertainment

Camelle Mercado wins second Miss United Continents crown for Philippines

/ 01:56 PM August 07, 2022
Camelle Mercado

Camelle Mercado is the second Filipino and Asian woman to win the Miss United Continents crown. Image: Organizacion Miss Continentes Unidos

MANILA — Six years after Jeslyn Santos became the first Filipino and Asian woman to win the Miss United Continents crown, Camelle Mercado scores the country’s second victory in the Latin-dominated global tilt.

Mercado bested 24 other aspirants for the coveted title in ceremonies staged in Portoviejo, Ecuador, on Aug. 6 (Aug. 7 in Manila).

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Host delegate Ivanova Velez finished second, followed by Colombia’s Karen Ortiz, and Venezuela’s Lis Arbalaez. Paraguay’s Gretha Matiauda was fourth runner-up, while Mexico’s Ayram Ortiz rounded up the winner’s circle as fifth runner-up.

Santos herself appointed Mercado earlier this year to carry the country’s colors in the Miss United Continents pageant, and try to duplicate the feat she accomplished in 2016.

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Camelle Mercado (L) poses with 2016 Miss United Continents Jeslyn Santos before flying to Ecuador for the international competition. Image: Philippine Daily Inquirer/Armin P. Adina

The Ecuador-based pageant started as the Miss Continentes Americanas, a competition for representatives from countries in North, Central, and South America.

It expanded to accommodate delegates from other continents in 2013 and rebranded as the Miss Continentes Unidos. JB

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