Aiyana Camille “AJ” Mikiewicz, our Miss Tourism World Philippines 2013 declared last May 17, 2013 at AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. She will represent The Philippines in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, West Africa on October 12, 2013 and will be staying at The Grand Four Wings Hotel.
Miss Tourism World should not be confused with Miss World Philippines, Miss International to be represented by Binibining Pilipinas International Bea Santiago, and Miss Tourism International which is being held every 31st of December in Malaysia wherein the current title holder is Philippines’ Miss Rizzini Alexis Gomez.
“…it all boils down to how well the candidate prepares herself not just phys.but emotionally & mentally as well. Dpat confident npo cya that she can do good because if she has made it already in being a candidate for a natl.pageant then it means judges will see she has potential. Potential in representing our country if ever internationally.”
I did have a chat conversation with Aiyana even before going to nationals. What I am so glad is that she has not change a bit. Knowing she is wearing a national crown, she is wearing it right. She has not change her ways. She still manages to give a reply to her Facebook messages though she receives hundreds. La Union for sure is honored to have her and in fact, the whole Northern Luzon and some. Here is the final pageant interview question and the winning answer:
What do you wish to have..Money or Fame?
“If I were to choose, I would rather have money, because I believe with money, it will get me somewhere in life, whether to reach my goals, being realistic and practical in our generation nowadays, and I think with tourism, I think that’s what the things, we could do to promote our country as one, is having money in order to help others, and when they are in need.”
Aiyana was a recipient too of these sponsorship awards during the Miss Tourism World: Miss Lady Grace, Miss Light Skin, Miss Glowing Skin, and Miss Sundance.
Aiyana before joining national pageants
“Hello po Sir Gaudy!
Aww…sounds awesome to me and would be honored in doing this. So you just need me to write an article po on whats my experience in being in pageants?…like preparations, do’s & dont’s gnun po b? Thank u so much sa pag memessage po sa akin.
If there’s anything else i could do to help promote your website din po once its finished id be glad to. Tc always po. God bless. :) ”
Aiyana as national pageant title holder
Maraming salamat po! Just let me know lng po Sir if there’s anything i could do to help u po as towards ur website, would be glad to lend a helping hand. God bless po always!
She has not change a bit! The Northern Luzon must be proud that she was raised and has joined pageants here as her stepping stones before going to nationals – and now international.
Her Thoughts Before Binibining Pilipinas & Miss Tourism World
I started to ask some beauty queens and some long time pageant enthusiasts to write something they would like to share about how to win a pageant. I even message our Binibining Pilipinas and some of the other candidates.
What I have noticed is that they are all busy in all directions. But I hope they will give an ample time to influence and inspire others too which is one of their recognized responsibility; not only to citizens but also especially to budding beauty pageant candidates.
Luckily, I received a message of confirmation right a way to a beauty queen named Aiyana Camille “AJ” Mikiewicz, Miss Magic 2012 and now Miss Tourism World 2013.
How did you get to know about joining beauty pageants?
The first pageant I joined was actually just for fun because my beautician, Paul Sanglay who eventually became my handler and whom I met through a friend who asked me if I would be interested.
At that time I thought to myself, “Why not?” not a lot of girls of my age could experience what it’s like joining pageants. After my first win, my handler spoke to my mom and, I, being asked if I want to go further with this because he saw that I have potential. From that day on I’ve been active in joining other pageants.
What are the things that you do before joining a beauty pageant?
Things I usually do before joining a beauty pageant: getting my full eight hours of sleep every night, drinking lots of water instead of soft drinks or juice which has lots of sugar, sticking to my diet (consists of fruits, vegetables, and fish), taking vitamins, going to the gym on a regular basis, and most importantly praying to God after getting up every morning and before going to sleep. Giving thanks to Him for making me become a part of the current pageant I am in.
What are the things that you do during pageant activities?
During pageant activities: maintaining my diet, drinking lots of water, if I’m not able to go to the gym, I’ll be doing a few stretches in the morning and before rehearsals, doing a couple of abdominal workouts, wearing lots of sunblock especially if I know that our activity for the day will be taken outdoors, and last, thanking God once again for all that He has done to make this pageant possible.
What are the things that you consider while onstage and offstage?
Things you have to know while onstage, offstage, backstage: No matter what, I am always maintaining my poise, smile, attention. Not only to the organizers of the pageant/staff, co candidates, but also to those who are watching even during rehearsals.
How does it feel like after a pageant especially if you have won the crown?
Usually it takes about a day or two that it dawns on me that I’ve actually won a pageant. It happens all so fast. I still think it’s a dream not until I start receiving text messages from all my friends and get greetings on Facebook my friends saying Congratulations!
I feel very blessed & thankful every time I win. If it wasn’t for God guiding me through all the pageants I’ve joined I wouldn’t be where I’m at today with all my accomplishments.
What would be your pageant tips for potential beauty pageant candidates and beauty queens?
Advice to fellow girls who want to join pageants or are currently in one: No matter what win or lose always give thanks to God; always remember to keep your feet on the ground (being humble); it’s not about wearing the crown on top of your head but wearing it over your heart. Most of all enjoy the experience & have fun.
Do you have a plan going to a national pageant?
My plan of joining Binibining Pilipinas is this November for the next batch of Binibining Pilipinas 2013. Hopefully all goes well & if it’s in God’s will I will carry the honor and privilege of representing the Province of La Union: an Ilokana going for the crown.
So, this is it, let me give you a little background about Aiyana courtesy of AJ’s colleague:
Aiyana’s On the Road to Binibining Pilipinas 2013
by: Airwind Bautista
“Aiyana Camille “AJ” Mikiewicz”
The name rings a bell to the people of Ilocos since she captivated the different provinces; of La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte and the City of Baguio with her wit and beauty.
Her heritage is a mixed blood with her mom as half Filipina and half Chinese while her father is a half Polish and half Ukrainian. The mixed race created a beauty to behold.
Her long list of titles is as follows:
1) Miss Dagupan Fashionista 2010
(Best in Casual Wear, Best in Sportswear)
2) Miss Panagbenga 2011
(Best in Sportswear, Best in Talent, Best in Evening Gown)
3) Miss San Carlos Catwalk Diva Fashionista 2011
(Best in Beach Wear, Miss Natasha Beauty 2011, Miss Dermcare)
4 )Miss Agoo, La Union 2011
(Best in Talent, Best in Casual Wear, Best in Evening Gown)
5) Miss Silka Baguio 2011
(Best in Swimwear & Best in Talent)
6 ) Miss Laoag City 2012 International Quest
(Best in Poise, Best in Swimsuit & Best in Evening Gown)
7) Mutia Ti La Union 2012
(Best in Talent, Best in Swimsuit)
Special Sponsorship Awards:
a. Ms. BHF
b. Ms. Radiant Smile
c. Ms. Red Ribbon
d. Ms. Coke Zero
e. Ms. Holcim
f. Ms. National Bazaar
g. Ms. PPMC
h. Ms. Reveal
i. Ms. Reyes Haircutters
j. Ms. Ideal Bazaar
k. Ms.I-Biz Studio
8.) Miss Magic 2012
(Best in Swimsuit & Best in Evening Gown)
Special Sponsorship Awards:
a. Ms Darling of the Press
b. Ms Fit & Right
c. Ms Golden Girl by Golden Fiesta
d. Ms. Babyflo by PHILUSA
e. Ms Skinwhite
f. Ms Myra E
g. Ms Baby Face by FARLIN
h. Ms Nestle Fitnesse
i. Ms OLAY
j. Ms 100% Confidence
and the last time that I got to talk to her, she confirmed that she do have plans to join the Bb. PIlipinas 2013 and her supporters have high hopes for her.
Talking to people around her are quite admirable of her congeniality and good social skills that you could attribute to her mom’s good rearing since she got a friendly and supportive mother too; lucky lady.
What sets her apart from other beaucons, (beauty pageant contestants or contenders) is the fact that she always clinched the title and goes home with a crown, thus the high hopes that out of the other Ilocana beauty queens, one will bring home a crown on Bb. Pilipinas 2013 is being prayed for by the people who believes in her beauty, wit and abilities.
Her Mutya Ti La Union Farewell Speech
Naimbag nga rabii kada kayo amin apo.
Exactly a year ago, I was in the same position as these candidates are now competing for your trust and support. Now I am standing in-front of you with the success of bringing home the title of Mutia Ti La Union 2012. This is not just my success but our success and pride of being Agooenos. I truly thank our Heavenly Father for all the blessings He has showered upon me this past year. It’s truly a blessing & a priceless experience I’ll never forget.
Thank you mom & dad for all the support you have given unto me. I can never thank you enough for all the guidance and teachings you’ve taught me of making me who I am today.
Thank you to my dear Mayora Sandra Y. Eriguel & Congressman Eufranio Eriguel for all your support you’ve given to me including the support you gave me during my Miss Magic 2012 competition. There are no exact words how greatful and thankful I am for all that you’ve done for me. This is one thing I will truly cherish for the rest of my life.
Thank you to my handler, Paul Sanglay, who I consider to be my second mother and my beauty pageant coaches Ate Jlo & Faize, who are like my sisters. It if weren’t for all of you seeing that I have the potential in being in a beauty pageant I wouldn’t be standing here in-front of you. You’ve taught me so much from how to walk, stand, & sit like a beauty queen. You are all a great teachers.
Thank you very much to Direct Joel Macanaya and The Jingleman Production staffs for creating a wonderful show and entertainment to all of us. Truly the joy that you give to everybody is unbeatable.
Thank you very much to my previous sponsor for Miss Agoo 2011, Engineer Carlos Boado of Agoo Contructors Group; may you continue to be more successful in your future projects.
To all my friends whose supported me since my first pageant; a simple greet of good luck and saying you believe in me truly means a lot to me from the bottom of my heart. You are all my inspiration.
To the lucky candidate that will be crowned tonight as the next Ms. Agoo 2012 cherish and enjoy every moment and all future opportunities that will be handed to you. Most of all, always remember to keep your feet on the ground and win or loss always give thanks unto the Lord. Remember being a beauty queen is not about having the crown on your head but wearing it over your heart.
Dagiti amen nga kailyak nga taga Agooenos, Agyaman ti nomutoy biyang ti napalalo a supporta ken talek yo. Awesen kayo ngarud amen nga itultuloy tay koma iti panangsuporta toy madaydayaw ken nagaget a Mayora, Honorable Sandra Y Eriquel kasta met ti asawa na Congressman, Honorable Eufranio “Franny” Eriquel ag raman dagiti Local Government Unit. Isuda iti kang runaan apo, a nang papentas ti ili tayo a Agoo, ket saanak a mabain nga mangibaga kadakayo a maysa tayo a First Class Municipality of La Union. Mangibati ak ti uppat a sao, Agtulnog Tayo amin apo!
Miss Magic 2012 winning Answer
Here is her winning pageant answer during the Miss Magic 2012, April 27, 2012 at Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines. Sponsored by Magic Group of Companies, directed by Dr. and Creative Director Eugene M. Reyes, choreographed by Alfred Cruz, hosted by Mr. Tim Yap, and graced by no other than Miss World 2011 First- runner-up Gwendoline Ruais. Here is the common pageant question the judges asked for the rest of the top 5 finalists:
Do you consider yourself to be a giver or a taker? Why?
“I would definitely consider myself as a giver because I know what is it like to have nothing. We shouldn’t expect anything in return. We should be an epitome in giving like God, who gave us His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not parish but have everlasting life.”
With that answer, she made the the judges nod and give her the crown.
This website would like also to share the spotlight to Mr. Paul Sanglay who is Aiyana’s Make-Up Artist, and Mr. Airwind Bautista as her publicist. Congratulations!