A.J. Yap to represent US in Miss Asia Pacific World Beauty Pageant in Seoul

Nov 4, 2011

by The Night Stalker

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The daughter of a couple from Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental will once again represent the United States in a major international beauty pageant.

Aileen Jan “A.J.”Yap

Aileen Jan “A.J.”Yap of Houston, Texas has been selected to represent the U.S. at the 2011 Miss Asia Pacific World Beauty Pageant by Gaspar Cruz. Cruz was appointed to do the selection by Lawrence Choi, owner of the Miss Asia Pacific World Pageant.

The 37th edition of Miss Asia Pacific pageant will be held at the Floating Island in Seoul, Korea with the expected participation of around 70 plus countries from all over the world. As of February 11, 2011, 49 delegates have already been selected. Pageant Night will be June 11, 2011.

“A.J. and her director planned this before telling me,” Mom Geget reveals. “After the pageant in China I told AJ to stop or take a break from competing so she can concentrate on finishing college. She agreed. She made her director told me. I was shocked, worried, happy, concerned and proud all at the same time.”

Yap earlier won the Miss Texas title and later represented the USA at the 49th edition of the Miss International Beauty Pageant in Beijing, China on November, 2009.

The daughter of Dr. Romeo

“I agreed on condition that she would not miss school, get good grades to maintain her scholarship and not make me spend more on clothes. They both happily agreed since AJ already has more than enough pageant clothes, shoes, bags and jewelries from her previous competition in China. She will be in Korea from May 30 to June 12,” her mom added.

The daughter of Dr. Romeo “Boy” Sy Yap of Cagayan de Oro City and Virgincita “Geget” Bautista Valdehueza Yap of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental is the younger of two siblings and has an older brother Nathan.

“We have not decided if we are going to Korea but more likely will. This is another chapter added to our Pageant Family Book,” mom Geget said.

Dad Boy is a psychiatrist and Mom Geget is a nurse by profession and Director and Owner of Virginia’s Lakeview Personal Care Home in Texas, USA.

Governor Oscar Moreno of Misamis Oriental, who knew Mom Geget since she was born and grew up in their hometown of Balingasag, was ecstatic over A.J.’s selection. “Great! Misamis Oriental’s talent and beauty are world class!”

A.J. will graduate from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas on December 2011 with a major in biology. However, instead of proceeding to Medicine she has decided to be a Physician Assistant because of the length of time it takes to be a doctor. That’s eight more years for an MD vs. 2 1/2 years for a PA.

“Boy is a little disappointed but we both understand and support her,” mused Mom Geget. “She is eager to finish school and join the work force. Ibog siya sa iyang brod Nathan who travels all the time now.”

However, that could change in a hurry if A.J. makes a good showing in Korea. Contestants are free to join local talent searches and winners are often contracted for the One Asia Pacific Endeavor [OAPE] “A Star is Found” and other “Korean Wave” projects which have gained a global following. If A.J.’s previous experience in Beijing are any indication, her chances of making it in these show look good.

During the 2009 Miss International competition in Beijing, A.J. won the people’s hearts when she was voted Miss Mobile Beauty by text votes from the Chinese crowd and stayed over for an additional week after the competition doing modeling and interviews.

On top of her studies and modeling stints, A.J. has already had two appearances with the Humane Society. She is a regular volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, a home for children with cancer as well as at an animal shelter (she loves animals especially dogs).

Ms. Yap

The Philippines will be represented in the competition by Maria Luisa Beltran, winner of the first ever Bride of the World 2010 competition held on December 9 in Singapore and a semi-finalist at Bb. Pilipinas 2007.

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