Wayback beauty history lane, Miss Asia Pacific Internatinal  (MAPI) is the ultimate pioneer when it comes to beauty pageantry not only in the Philippines alone but in whole Asia.  Started in 1968 as a non-stock, non-profit corporation with the principal intention of promoting Tourism for the Philippines overseas.    The original name was Miss Asia Quest Inc.  It was the beginning of 48 years of beauty pageantry in the country.   The countries that were accredited to this pageant are from Central Asia, the Pacific, Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, Meditteranean, Carribean, North, South and Central America.

The relaunch is intended to compliment the desire of the Top Management to restore the past glory it enjoyed and truly deserve as the dominant and oldest pageant in Asia.   It intends  to promote the Philippines as a premier tourism destination and further compliments the government’s program to enhance tourism and its relations with all country participants.

This grand and ultra-glamorous beauty spectacle will take place at the world class and premier resort facility in Southwest Philippines - Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa in Puerto Princeca City, Palawan this November for an adventure-filled pre-pageant journey.  It is most befitting to showcase the classic beauty of the Philippines as its share of promoting the country & tourism to all participants.  The participants will be treated to the taste of splendid food & hospitality of Palawan.

Over the years, it  continued to be associated with the exquisite beauty of the Filipina, their intelligence, and confidence to continuously boost the tourism for the country.

It was launched entirely in Malaysia from 1981 to 1982.  By the year 1984, the organizers invited countries and territories within the Pacific.  Thus, the new pageant title became Miss Asia Pacific Quest (MAPQI). National Organizers were invited from the countries across the Pacific Ocean which included Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada and North America.

On it’s 18th year, it reached another milestone.  It had registered up to 40 countries/territories affiliated with the organization.  From 1985 up to 1989, the international pageant was shown in Hongkong in partnership with a leading television network.

In the years 1977 to 1991, MAPQI was the franchise holder for the Miss World Beauty Pageant sending candidates to the International Pageant in London.

In 2004, the new ‘International Pageant event’ Miss Asia Pacific International Limited  was created and registered in Hong Kong.   It is now known as Miss Asia Pacific International or MAPI.   To date the Philippines had the most number of this most coveted Miss Asia Pacific international crown.   They were Ma. Del Carmen Inez Zaragoza (1982), Gloria Dimayacyac (1983) also Best in Swimwear, Lorna Legaspi (1989) and Michelle Aldana (1993). Four major international crowns for our country followed by India, Costa Rica, South Korea, Thailand and Australia with three crowns each respectively.   On the list of the countries with two beauty queen title holders were Turkey, Israel, Peru and Russia.   One winner each from Guam, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Panama and Columbia.

After a decade of hiatus, the queen mother of all beauty pageants in Southeast Asia is back!   It will finally be back entirely and will be participated by stunning delegates from around the world like Australia, Bangladesh, China, Cook Island, Iraq, Korea, Jamaica, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Singapore, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine plus more delegates.   This year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas – Asia Pacific International 2016 titlist Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan is the official Philippine representative.

Throwback where beauty begins…

Pinays who also made a big mark at Miss Asia Pacific through the years :

  • Resurreccion Vianzon – Miss Asia Pacific 1965 2nd Runner-up
  • Jane Mozo de Joya – Miss Asia Pacific 1968 3rd Runner-up
  • Alice Tiongson Crisostomo – Miss Asia Pacific 1970 1st Runner-up
  • Carolyn Gomora Masibay – Miss Asia Pacific 1971 1st Runner-up
  • Yvette Marie Alfon – Miss Asia Pacific 1972 1st Runner-up
  • Maria Paripola Penson – Miss Asia Pacific 1974 2nd Runner-up
  • Maria Luisa Corazon Delgado – Miss Asia Pacific 1976 3rd Runner-up
  • Rio Diaz - Miss Asia-Pacific 1977 4th Runner-up †
  • Epifania Lagman – Miss Asia Pacific 1978 1st Runner-up
  • Lorraine Espiridon Schuck – Miss Asia Pacific 1979 2nd Runner-up
  • Rosemarie de Vera – Miss Asia Pacific 1980 1st Runner-up
  • Mutya Crisostomo Laxa – Miss Asia Pacific 1992 2nd Runner up
  • Marilyn Gozon Maristela – Miss Asia Pacific 1996 1st Runner-up
  • Darlene Zimmer Carbungco – Miss Asia Pacific 2001 4th Runner-up (Miss

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  • Miriam San Jose Chui – Miss Asia Pacific 2002 3rd Runner-up (Miss Cremesilk Beautiful Hair/Miss Telegenic)
  • Jedah Casabuela Hernandez – Miss Asia Pacific International 2004 4th Runner up (Best in Evening Gown/Best Hair) Jedah also got the biggest cash prize of 1 million pesos.  The higgest cash prize given by the pageant history ever.  She was also the first ever winner of “Buhay Beauty Queen”, the first beauty queen reality TV show on Philippine TV which was aired on TV 5.

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