Miss ASEAN Friendship 2017: A monumental stage for the moment of truth

The finale of Miss ASEAN Friendship 2017 Phu Yen will be held within hours. One of the major factors in the success of the finale is the stage. An imposing, modern stage was made available for the contestants who stand ready to dazzle.

The Miss ASEAN Friendship 2017 finale stage in Phu Yen province

Based on the unique cultural symbols of each country within the ASEAN community, the stage design team has set up a perfect common background highlighting the significance of each nation on a large LED screen.

The modern equipment, colours, and animations that will be constantly running on the LED screens are arranged in accordance with each national symbol and each dress, making it a truly memorable night for the contestants, the audience, and people who are participating in Miss ASEAN Friendship 2017 in the central province of Phu Yen.

For the people of Phu Yen, Sao Mai Theatre has 3,700 seats for watching live. Organisers also arranged a big LED screen at April 1 Square for those outside the theatre. The audience across the country can also watch the impressive performances of Miss ASEAN 2017 finale live at the VTV6 channel tonight.

On the eve of the Miss ASEAN Friendship 2017 finale, Tran Quoc Tri, chairman of the judging panel, had a brief discussion about the issues that will be raised with the contestants and the basic judgment criteria.

Miss ASEAN 2017: A monumental stage before G hour

What do you think about the Miss ASEAN 2017 contest held in Phu Yen?

It has been a long time since Vietnam hosted an international competition such as Miss ASEAN Friendship 2017. Especially, the ASEAN competition takes places in Vietnam for the first time. Basically, the organising board has made great efforts in promoting the contest so that it garnered wide attention across not only Vietnam but the ASEAN countries and the world at large. A competition like this carries the valuable message that the ASEAN is moving towards becoming a region of peace, prosperity, and development.

As you say, the competition relies on its strong regional and international features, making it a challenge for the jury to introduce a complete, high-standard, yet general set of criteria fitting to the particulars of each country. How has the jury agreed on the criteria for assessing candidates?

Every beauty pageant has common criteria. The first standard is a beautiful face, body balance. The second is the style of the contestants’ traditional costumes, then the ability to communicate. However, the candidate’s behaviour counts for a lot, particularly the knowledge of the ASEAN.

What key formulas will the jury use to evaluate the general knowledge of the ASEAN to select the winner?

Prospective Miss ASEAN must understand the reason why she entered the competition. At the same time, they must have a basic knowledge of the ASEAN, including cultural issues, country-specific issues, humanitarian issues, and issues facing the whole of the ASEAN.

There will also be questions related to the protection of the marine environment and the countries’ relation to the sea. Or, for example, contestants will have to present their feelings about people, culture, and nature in Phu Yen, Vietnam. Miss ASEAN Friendship carry bring this message across the region.

Has the jury trained candidates in fundamental knowledge and basic skills?

The jury has compiled 30 sets of bilingual questions in English and Vietnamese. We have provided lectures to candidates and gave them documents to understand content related to the ASEAN. The jury thinks that the questions are not too difficult, but are not easy, either, and require candidates to actually understand the message of the ASEAN. The jury gave candidates a common basis of knowledge, but what to make of it and how to utilise it is up to them.

Here are some pictures of the Miss ASEAN Friendship 2017 finale stage:

By Ta Hang

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