Two Filipinas Compete in Mrs. Asia International 2013: Steph Malibiran and Lubesly Tellidua!
The Mrs Philippines Globe franchise is proud to announce that it is sending two of its former contestants to the Mrs. Asia International Pageant 2013 which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! The international pageant for married women is on its second year and is open to young wives, mothers and even grandmothers from Asian countries. Each country is allowed to send 5 contestants but we opted to send only two. Talk about confidence!
Last year, we sent one representative – Jennylyn Isherwood – who won 1st Runner-up in the Mrs. category. There also happens to be a Classic category for older ladies. Take note that the Mrs Asia International Pageant is different from other beauty contests – instead of just having one main winner, each category has 5 winners and two runners-up.
Click here to see all the winners from last year’s pageant. And here is the Facebook Page of Mrs. Asia International Pageant where you can see photos of this year’s contestants.
Coronation is on June 16, 2013 at the HGH Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
And now, lets meet our two representatives to the Mrs. Asia International Pageant 2013!
Steph Malibiran, a 30-year old Medical Technician is no stranger to the pageant world. She began her pageant career at age 16 when she won Miss Teen Manila in the Miss Manila beauty pageant. In college she was also adjudged winner of Miss FEU Medical Technology 2001.
In 2005, Steph Malibiran tried her luck as an official candidate of the Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant but she left the stage unplaced. At Miss Philippines Earth 2006, success finally arrived; Steph boomeranged into the Top 10, an honor that launched her career as a ramp model under the wing of choreographer Ogee Atos. Other credits include two television commercials (for VO5 Shampoo and San Miguel Beer) plus, every Pinay model’s dream: to be on a Billboard (for Metrobank) on Edsa, the busiest avenue in Metro Manila.
Getting married and having a baby girl took her away from all that but only for a while. But she did have to resign from her medical job as a researcher for the Tropical Disease Foundation at the Makati Med because she and her surgeon husband felt that working in an environment where she dealt with diseases like Denggue, TB, Malaria, HIV etc. was not safe for her and her daughter, Georgine Marie.
Last year, the hands-on Mom returned to the pageant stage after she joined Mrs. Philippines Globe 2012 winning the Most Beautiful Face title which is considered to be the pageant’s top special award giving her runner-up status. And now, Steph Malibiran will be flying off to Malaysia to compete at the Mrs. Asia International 2013. Her only misgiving is that she’ll miss her daughter’s first day at play school because of the pageant. But her hubby, Dr. Norberto Malibiran Jr., a general surgeon, is staying behind to mark the occasion.
When she gets back Steph hopes to move into a new career as a make-up artist. “I want to be like supermodel Lala Flores who is now a top make-up artist,” she says. “I just graduated from an intensive make-up course at the Cheryl Cabanos Make-up Academy in Quezon City so I know Basic, Advanced, High Fashion and even Prosthetic Make-up!” All that, combined with her experience as a model and beauty queen should be enough to spell SUCCESS!
Best wishes to Steph Malibiran as she vies for one of the crowns at Mrs. Asia International 2013!
Lubesly Tellidua was most recently seen scorching the stage of Mrs. Philippines Globe 2013 where she entered the Top 10. This 33 year-old divine beauty from Cebu (she lives there) is a businesswoman and licensed SPED Teacher who conducts free lectures for children. Lubesly Tellidua is a single mom with two lovely children: her daughter Kelly is 10 years old and her son Michael Jacobs is barely 3 years old. Her British fiance, who is based in Singapore, is totally supportive of her new-found career as a beauty queen.
After doing well in the Mrs. Philippines Globe 2013 beauty pageant, Lubesly was supposed to join the Ginang Alaska contest in Cebu but ditched that plan when the Mrs. Philippines Globe franchise contacted her and told her she was selected to compete in Mrs Asia International 2013.
Lubesly told ABQ, “I did not know how to walk or pose and I suffered from stage fright so answering questions in front of an audience was nerve-wracking for me. But thanks to the training we got from the Mrs. Philippines Globe team, I’m learning fast!” She adds, “I’m so grateful for the chance to compete abroad. Even if I don’t have much experience in pageants and modelling, they have faith in me.”
Speaking of faith, did you know that Lubesly Tellidua almost became a nun? The 5’4″ beauty was a scholar for 4 years at the Sisters of Mary School but her parents were cold to the idea of her joining a nunnery so instead, she devoted herself to charity work. But what the convent has lost is a gain for us pageant fans! Hopefully, Lubesly will bring home one of the crowns from Mrs. Asia International 2013!!!