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The Successor of The Reigning Queen, South African Model and Actress Monique Best Miss Planet International 2019 has just been crowned

Due to long delay the 2nd Edition is also termed as Miss Planet International 2022

Sunday, January 29th, 2023: Miss Planet Philippines, Maria Luisa Varela has won against 13 Contestants and crowned as new Miss Planet International 2023 at the end of Grand Finale in Koh Pich Theater សាលមហោស្រពកោះពេជ្រ, Phnom Penh. The Coronation Show was LIVE Streamed Online as Facebook LIVE which started at 6:00 PM.

The pageant as seen many extension and cancellation during past three years.

Watch LIVE Recording of Miss Planet International 2022 Grand Finale

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Initially Herlene Budol was named as Miss Planet Philippines 2022 but later Maria Luisa replaced her as Miss Planet Philippines 2023.

Check The Official Statement by Maria Luisa Varela Miss Planet Philippines 2023, which is self explanatory of the situation:

Hello all you empressive people! It has come to my attention that there is some concern surrounding my upcoming participation in Miss Planet International 2023. I am humbled and flattered - honored by you all. I was approached to represent our nation and contribute in the rehabilitation of a particular international pageant organization - one that is trying to overcome its recent trials and restore its previously growing stature worldwide and not just in one country.

This planet of ours that we all share each other’s company in is a fragile beauty and wonder to behold that fortune smiles upon with promise and hope. However, our human imperfections may manifest itself as an ailment on our home - we can be the planet’s own worst enemy at times especially when the id and ego of it all is behind the wheel. Much like this pageant organization’s mission, I seek to better understand the planet’s “how’s”, “why’s” and “what can be done’s” to further achieve progress and maintain its greatness.

When submitting my own legal team’s drafted agreement, I was presented assurances by the organization that all papers and communication between the National and International Franchisee were kosher and satisfactory. Any concern regarding the rights of the Philippine franchise of Miss Planet International or interpetations of the Gregorian calendar will be addressed by National Director Michael “Miki” Antonio (a position she also held prevoiusly in 2019, wherein the Philippines brought home a crown) with the support of International Pageant Director/Owner Halimas Min. My greatest focus right now should be to resume my preparation so that I may bring honor to our country. I hope that my silence and tact regarding recent happenings will be respected - society can often be forgetful to humanize. I look forward to what the future may bring to our planet and its forthcoming solutions.

Thank you and God bless us all.


Empress - Maria Luisa Varela

On Tue, Jan 17, 2023 Maria announced her appointment saying "It brings me immense joy to make my Official Announcement of representing the great nation of THE PHILIPPINES and our wonderful people. Join me on this adventure in STAYING EMPRESSIVE. Many thanks to my National Director, Miki Antonio" Gown by: James Peter Couture and Hmua: Anthony Ramos Camargo!!!

PERLAS: This fully-beaded sheer fitted gown with symmetrical beaded pattern by Rommel Mercado was inspired by coast of San Vicente, accentuated with Pearls and rhinestones that reflects the shine and wonderful scenery of the municipality. 

PHOTOGRAPHER | @altist.studios 
GOWN | @superrommel 
MAKE UP | @angeloumaelalican 
HAIR | John Cliff 
NAILS | @Yuyu Perez 
BACKDROP | Shuttermaster Makati 
CREATIVE DIRECTOR | @heyitschaddy___ 
MANAGING DIRECTOR | @andreaisyourway 
Miss Palawan Charities Inc. Information & Communication Section of San Vicente, Palawan

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