Report by Ameer Gamama and Drew Francisco; Photos by Bong Tan

The candidates of Romania and the Dominican Republic are now part of the Miss Asia Pacific International 2019 semifinals after bagging two major special awards during the preliminaries held October 5 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City in the Philippines.

Ana Maria Ciritel of Romania was named Best in Swimsuit, with the representatives of the Phiilippines and the Dominican Republic placing first and second runners-up, respectively.

Ana Maria Ciritel of the Dominican Republic bagged the Best in Evening Gown award, while Misses Canada and Australia finished first and second runners-up, respectively.

A number of special awards were also given during the event:
Miss Photogenic: Canada
Miss Fashion India: Spain
Miss Zen Asia Pacific International: Australia
Miss Metro Esthetico Ambassadress: Namibia, Philippines, Dominican Republic
Miss Zenia Shoes: France
Miss Stronghold Insurance: Latvia
Miss Pyoor Essentials: Philippines
Miss Amazing By Choice: Netherlands

The finals is set for October 9 at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. Missosology is one of the official media partners of Miss Asia Pacific International 2019. Missosology.Org