Five queens crowned in 1st Mrs. Tourism Ambassador International Japan pageant
TOKYO, Japan — Five queens were crowned from a pool of 12 aspirants in the inaugural staging of the Mrs. Tourism Ambassador International Japan pageant held in Minami-Azabu in Tokyo, Japan, on Feb. 19, and all of them will compete in international contests.
The top title Mrs. Tourism Ambassador International Japan went to Marivel Canillo Kawajiri from Kagoshima, who was also proclaimed Best in Filipiniana, Mrs. Humanity, and Myk’z Coffee Ambassador earlier in the program.
She also topped the talent competition with a Muslim dance. Kawajiri lived in Davao City before moving to Japan more than two decades ago.
The Mrs. Universe (Official) Japan crown went to Natasha Camille Tagle from Kanagawa, who was also Mrs. Photogenic, Best in Casual Wear, Best in Swimwear, and Best in Evening Gown.
Wannie Manina Ono from Tokyo was crowned Mrs. Tourism Ambassador International Philippines-Japan. She also received the Mrs. MVT Ambassador, M&G Creative Design Ambassador, and Mrs. Charity Queen titles.
The Mrs. Universe (Official) Philippines-Japan title went to Stephany Setenta from Saitama. She was also Mrs. Congeniality and Best in Catwalk.
The last title was the Mrs. Face of Tourism Japan and it went to Mariluna Yoshida from Tokyo. She was also one of the three proclaimed MVT Queen Ambassadors.
Both Kawajiri and Ono will compete in the 2023 Mrs. Tourism Ambassador Universe pageant in Malaysia in June. The three other queens will head to the Philippines for their respective global tilts.
Tagle and Setenta will take part in the second edition of the Mrs. Universe (Official) pageant, which will be mounted in the Philippines by its Australian-based organization in October. This should not be confused with another pageant with a similar name, the Bulgaria-based Mrs. Universe pageant which will also hold its 2023 contest in Manila.
Yoshida will also fly to the Philippines for the first edition of the Mrs. Face of Tourism Universe pageant later this year.
The Japanese national pageant was organized by a Japan-based Filipino beauty queen, 2020 Mrs. Tourism Ambassador International Myla Villagonzalo Tsutaichi.
During the program, she said she mounted the pageant to share the experience she gained on the global stage and help discover women with the potential to become international titleholders.
“My dream is for this pageant to be a vehicle for women empowerment. And its tagline ‘beauty with a mission, dream with action’ will serve as our battlecry to become exemplary women of service to society, not only here in Japan, but in the international community as well,” she said. EDV