NEW YORK, New York — Alexa Kirby, an 18-year-old, five foot eight summer camp counselor was chosen the first-ever Miss Philippines Quest USA at a coronation ceremony on July 12 at Symphony Space.
Kirb was also declared Best in Evening Gown and shared her triumph on stage with four other newly crowned beauty queens: First Princess, Best in Talent, Best in Swimsuit Misook Mendonca; Second Princess Isabella Estella; Third Princess Jenica Balmes; Fourth Princess and People’s Choice Award recipient Erin Manansala.
Kirby will represent the Filipino-American community in the 2014 Miss World Philippines pageant to be held in Manila on September 7. She has won a round-trip ticket to the Philippines and an allowance of one thousand dollars. She will also wear a stunning evening gown, courtesy of One.10 Collection, during the Miss World Philippines competition.
During the dreaded Q&A, Kirby named young American actress-singer Demi Lovato, who has been vocal about her personal struggles, one of her personal women heroes. “She [Lovato] was able to overcome self-harm problems and is trying to help other people with similar problems to overcome it as well,” she said.
A recent graduate of Downington West High School in Pennsylvania, Kirby is a summer camp counselor. She is not new to beauty pageants having joined Miss Teen Pennsylvania USA and Miss Teen Philippines in the past.
In 2011, she was a dance scholar at Touch of Class Dance Studio in Pennsylvania. She also received community service awards twice from Kohls’ Cares for Kids, a volunteer program that supports children’s health and education. The pageant was organized by Synergy Production and Marketing Inc., the franchise holder of Miss Philippines Quest USA in the East Coast, and Global Quest Inc. led by Miss World Philippines National Director Cory Quirino, who chaired the Board of Judges at the coronation ceremony.
Former beauty queen-turned-recording artist Bessie Badilla, Beth Tamayo and Ian Medrano hosted Coronation Night. Lana Asanin, Cora Reyes, Chantel Martinez, Brent Chua, Nicole Ponseca and Dmitry Brylev joined Quirino at the judges’ table… see more