Kristine Micah Malicsi, an 18-year-old tourism management student from Lyceum of the Philippines University, has been crowned Miss Aviation Philippines 2016. The young stunner from Navotas, who is also the youngest among the candidates, bested 13 other hopefuls during the pageant held at The Peninsula Manila.
Miss Aviation Philippines is the annual search for the most captivating woman in the Philippine aviation-tourism industry. Bringing together the most beautiful and charming Filipinas from different sectors in the industry, the prestigious pageant aims to inspire the youth to pursue a career in aviation, empower the women in the industry, and support the country’s tourism initiatives.
Malicsi, whose surname is the Filipino equivalent for lively or active, vowed the audience with her standout confidence and energy. Aside from winning the title crown, she also received the Miss Sassy Award during the pre-pageant at Camaya Coast, Bataan.
As ambassador of major aviation-tourism events and activities across the country, Malicsi and her entourage made their first public appearance in the festive 20th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) at Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.
“We are honored to be part of Miss Aviation Philippines. We believe in its commitment to empower women in the field of aviation and aeronautics. We hope that the competition will help Filipinos better appreciate the aviation industry and understand its important role in fostering the country’s social and economic development,” said PIHABF event director Capt. Joy Roa.
Joining her in the winning circle were first runner up Reichelieu Emory Santos, a student pilot from Leading Edge International Aviation Academy, and second runner up Trizia Abaya, a development communications student from the University of the Philippines. The runners up were also recipients of special awards: Santos was named Miss Camaya Coast, and Abaya, Miss Body Beautiful and Best in Catwalk.
“We’re very proud to have a lot of beautiful and smart women who are eager to represent the country’s aviation and tourism industry. Through the competition, more people will be inspired to pursue a career in aviation and recognize women’s important role in the industry,” said pageant director Morena Carla Cabrera-Quimpo.
“Of course, we are also excited to have Kristine as our new Miss Aviation Philippines. With her good looks, confidence and wit, she will represent the aviation-tourism industry well,” she added.
Judging the event were Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2015 Sherry Lou Villaseñor, Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2012 Joyce Pascual Agsaway, Solane Mother of the Year 2013 Jessie Lou Lucero, pageant blogger and former beauty queen Joyce Ann Burton, Maj. Gen. Raul del Rosario, Atty. Carmelo Arcilla and Camaya Coast president Goody Ilagan.