Tim Yap, Ayen Laurel to judge Mister International Philippines 2009

Manila's socialite and style icon Tim Yap will be one of the judges on the Mister International Philippines 2009 pageant happening tonight, October 14, 2009, 8:00 PM, at the A. Venue Mall in Makati.

Tim Yap, who is also a party promoter, Embassy club owner, Philippine Star Supreme editor and known for rubbing elbows with famous celebrities in the country, has already judged Project Runway Philippines, Mr. Gay Philippines, Century Tuna Superbods and even on GMA 7's Pinoy Extreme Talent (PET).

We'll see how his eye for beauty and good taste will work for this another judging assignment of him.

Ayen Munji-Laurel, a singer and stage actress, will also be a member of the board of judges, which will be chaired by Peacock Garden Luxury Resort and Spa German owner Sir Hans Schoof.

She recently turned into a television actress as she portrays a role in the Philippine version of Rosalinda.

Other names tasked to judge tonight are:

Madam Lani J. Schoof, a Boholana socialite and co-owner of Peacock Garden Luxury Resort and Spa
Robby Carmona, an acclaimed fashion and event director
Joey and Audie Espino, heads of Runway Productions, fashion directors and executive producers of the Philippine Fashion Week
Cata Figueroa, also a fashion show director and CEO of Indie Productions
Divine Lee, a fashionista and real estate heiress
Cory Quirino, a beauty and wellness expert, host of "This is Life" on Studio 23
Carla Sibal, editor-in-chief of MEGA Magazine
Donnie Ramirez, a respected publicist and columnist


What to expect on this year's finals?

Just like last year, the pageant will be a fast-paced fashion show-style pageant.

During the semi-final round, the candidates will walk the ramp, wearing the creations of Jeffrey Rogador (Casual, Street Fashion Wear), Jerome Lorico (Casual, Street Fashion), Ricky Abad (Swimwear) and Barge Ramos (Barong Tagalog).

Jeans will be provided by Freego while T-shirts are from Philosophy Men and Graffi Tee.

The contestants will be trimmed down to 8 finalists and the eight move on to the Q&A portion.

From there, we shall have a new Mister International Philippines and two runners up.

Mister International Philippines 2009 will receive a cash prize of P50,000 and will represent the country in the Mister International 2009 pageant on December 19 in Taichung, Taiwan.

1st Runner Up will receive P20,000 and Second Runner Up has P10,000.

The prizes are somehow bigger than last year when the winner had only P20,000 while 1st Runner Up received P10,000 and 2nd Runner Up had P5,000.

And for the first time, there will be a special award to be handed out on this year's pageant.

The Mister International Philippines 2009 People's Choice, determined via an online poll conducted here on Mykiru, will also receive a sash and a cash prize.

The said official poll will be closed 5 PM today.


Ten hours before the finals, Candidate #1 Kerwin Caballero (photo) has backed out because he has a fever.

He becomes the second candidate to withdraw from this year's competition.

Last Monday, Candidate #16 Francis Soo also backed out because his grandma in Davao has died. He was immediately replaced by Michael Manansala.

No replacement for Caballero has been announced due to lack of time.

The number of candidates competing for the Mister International Philippines 2009 title is down to 15, the same number as last year.

About M.I.

Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, Mykiru.ph has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.

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