The 2013 Miss Chinese Cosmos concluded its 10-day overseas trip to the CNMI yesterday with the selection of the finalists who will move on to the pageant proper in China on Oct. 26.
From the original 18 contestants who hail from countries like the U.S, Australia, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Macau, and China, 12 contestants made it to the finals during the preliminary round held yesterday at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan.
The 12 women who will vie for the 2013 Miss Chinese Cosmos tiara are Wu Yu Jie of Guangdong, Fan Shi of the U.S., Lao Xiaomin of the United Kingdom, Zeng Yue of Yunan, Yu Ssu-Ting of Taiwan, Zeng Ni of Australia, Zhang Lei of Hubei, Hong Zailang of Hubei, Mu Guanhong of the U.S., Shen Yao of Shanghai, Li Yixi of the United Kingdom, and Wangjin Yao of Beijing.
The concluding event of the 2013 Miss Chinese Cosmos overseas trip to Saipan started with cultural dances and was followed by messages from Gov. Eloy S. Inos and Century Tours CEO Willy Tan.
Tan said Saipan is the latest overseas trip of the 10-year-old pageant. Among its previous overseas stops included Paris and Nevada.
The 18 contestants performed separately by groups on stage before singing a group rendition of Lemon Tree.
All of them said they will never forget their trip to the Commonwealth and that they very much enjoyed its beautiful white sandy beaches, warm tropical weather, and friendly people.
The 18 contestants visited many tourist sites on Saipan and Tinian, including the American Memorial Park, Managaha Island, Saipan World Resort, and Banzai Cliff, among others.
Phoenix Satellite Television Co. Ltd. is the producer of the 2013 Miss Chinese Cosmos and its deputy editor, Gao Yan, said the CNMI is a beautiful place to shoot the pre-pageant. She said that even typhoon-like conditions this past week didn’t dampen their enthusiasm for the islands.
Other VIPs in attendance during yesterday’s competition were Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofchneider, Marianas Visitors Authority managing director Perry Tenorio, and Rep. Edmund Villagomez (Cov-Saipan).