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In the heat of our country’s winning at the recently concluded Miss World 2013 Final with Miss Philippines Megan Young besting 126 other delegates from the world over, I am waiting with bated breath for a new Miss Tourism Queen International to be crowned tonight in Xianning, China. And while Megan Young is beginning to get used to her well-commenced reign after a well-deserved victory on September 28, 2013 in Bali, Indonesia, her Aces & Queens colleague Cindy Miranda is both tense and excited as she vies for the crown, against her fellow Tourism ambassadors from 43 other countries worldwide. Now, the question is: Will Cindy Miranda bring home the bacon?

All I can say is: to dream the impossible dream won’t hurt, but to expect a consecutive win—from Miss World 2013 last Saturday night to Miss Tourism Queen International 2013 tonight—is quite a flight of fancy, considering the current Philippines-China strife over Scarborough Shoal. The last (and only) time that Philippines won the MTQI crown was in 2006, thanks to Miss Philippines-Air 2002 Justine Gabionza for the honor she brought home to our country. No pageant was held last year, which is why many Filipino pageant buffs were disillusioned because, unfortunately, for the Philippines, Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism 2012 Katrina Dimaranan would have been a fierce contender for the crown.

On September 6, the Miss Supranational 2013 crown was won by Miss Philippines Mutya Datul, the first of the four Binibining Pilipinas 2013 titleholders to represent our country overseas. But that was a feasible feat, because there’s no clash whatsoever between the Philippines and the host country, Belarus—not to mention the fact that, in every way, our very own Mutya Datul was a standout from a field of 83 international delegates.

But here, at the China-based Miss Tourism Queen International pageant, we can only hope and pray that whatever conflict which our country has developed with the host country, it won’t get in the way of our lovely delegate’s chance of bringing home the second MTQI sash. This is not to accuse China of rigging the results tonight—for I believe that, they, too, hold a strong sense of global integrity—but, wherever Cindy Miranda is going to be placed at the end of the night, may the best win. Who knows, that because there’s no live telecast of the pageant here, she might just end up galvanizing our country again with headlines on the Internet (for instance, Norman’s Blog c/o Norman Tinio, or Adventures of a Beauty Queen c/o Joyce Burton Titular), such as “PH crowned MTQI 2013″ or ” Miss Philippines is Miss Tourism Queen International 2013.”