THE contestants of the Miss Tourism International are just a week away from the finals. The delegates have the crown in sight as they prepare for the final phase of the competition.
Tomorrow, one of the 60 delegates will take home the subsidiary title of Miss Poh Kong Glamour at Upper Atrium, Level UG, Paradigm Mall at 2.30pm.
The final of MTI will be held on Dec 31 with Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz expected to attend as the guest of honour.
Today, we feature contestants from Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Paraguay, Philippines, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Japan and Kyrgyzstan.
Angelina Ganevic of Lithuania finds loves starting the day with roti canai and a glass of hot Milo. The 17-year-old who stands at 174 cm enjoys modelling and dancing. She hopes to be an actress in the future.
To promote her country, she plans to travel and share stories of her country with the people she meets.
“I hope that my new friends will be enticed to visit Lithuania,” she said.
Blue-eyed Frederique Wolff was excited the moment she landed in Kuala Lumpur.
“I was excited to meet the other contestants even though I was tired after the long flight,” said the 18-year-old who aspires to be a hotel manager.
The 171cm teenager loves jazz dancing, skateboarding and cooking, she said.
She cites the National Museum of History and Art and the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art as the best places to visit in Luxembourg.
Moldovan Adela Prisacari enjoys modelling and singing and loves travelling as it allows her to meet people.
“Meeting new and exciting people is fun. I can also draw them to my country,” she said.
The 21-year-old who stands at 170cm tall hopes to one day go into business.
She feels honoured to be in Malaysia and hopes to take home sweet memories from her one-month stay in the country.
“Malaysia is such a beautiful country,” Zulma Margarita Galeano Ferreira said. The 19 year-old from Paraguay is looking forward to travelling around the country with other contestants.
Ferreira is 173cm tall and enjoys keeping fit by dancing and going to the gym. She also enjoys listening to music.
She hopes to win MTI and one day be a famous dancer.
Twenty-year-old Angeli Dione Gomez recommends Malaysians visit Boracay, a small island in the Philippines and the Manila Ocean Park, an oceanarium in Manila.
“They should also visit the Banaue rice terraces which are 2,000 years old in the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines.
Gomez who is 169cm talls hopes to one day be a film director.
In her spare time, she enjoys the arts and skateboarding.
She said she loves being in Malaysia and can’t wait to learn about the cultures of the different people here.
Salome Khomeriki, 21, has an interest in linguistics.
The 178cm tall beauty was delighted to find the locals are warm and friendly.
Khomeriki, who enjoys dancing, going to the gym and cooking, was looking forward to staying in the hotels here.
“I’ve heard from a friend who has been here that the hotels are great, especially the ones by the beach,” she said, adding that it was relaxing and peaceful.
Janina Rath, 22, is an exercise enthusiast.
Rath, who aspires to be a model and dancer, enjoys dancing, swimming, kick-boxing and diving in her spare time.
Among the locations that she recommends travellers visit while in Germany include the Neuschwanstein Castle, which is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace; Europa-Park, which is the largest theme park in Germany; and The Berlin Zoological Garden, which is one of the best known zoos in Germany.
Marialena Theodoraki, 26, enjoys travelling, reading and swimming.
Standing at 174cm tall, she hopes to leave a positive impact on society through her actions.
Theodoraki fell in love with nasi lemak and teh tarik upon coming to Malaysia.
She hopes to understand and see the cultures in the country by visiting various states here.
Megu Yamaishi, 19, is another fan of nasi lemak and teh tarik.
The 172cm tall teenager yearns to become a top model and cites watching movies, playing computer games and reading comics as her hobbies.
Yamaishi was nervous about being away from home to compete in MTI.
“I was nervous at first but the warm welcome by the MTI organizers made me feel more comfortable,” said Yamaishi.
“It is not easy to be so far away from home for a month,” she said, adding that she hopes MTI will be a good experience for her.
Aisuluu Abdibakas Kyzy, 21, is keen to explore and shop while in Malaysia.
She enjoys modelling and hopes to become a instructor in the future.
Standing at 172cm tall, Kyzy recommends travellers to Kyrgyz-stan visit the Ala Archa National Park, an alpine national park in the Tian Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan; Altyn Arashan, which is a valley and mountain resort; and Song Köl, an alpine lake in the northern Naryn Province.