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Liyah happy with Miss Tourism Universe pageant

KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
ZAMBIA’S representative to the Miss Tourism Universe 2015 Liyah Phiri says she is happy with the experience she gained at the pageant held last Sunday in Beirut, Lebanon, and won by Romania’s envoy Teodora Dan.
She is also relieved that the pageant, which ran from August 20 until last Sunday, is over.
“Thank God Miss Tourism Universe 2015 has finally come to an end. It was a great experience and journey for me. I had my moments and I mingled with people from different countries,” she posted on her Facebook page.
“I believe I did my best and learnt so much. I represented my country to the best of my ability… Thank you so much to all my sponsors and the people who supported me before, during and after the pageant. Love you all.”
Liyah received support from the Ministry of Tourism and Arts, Ministry of Youth and Sport, Zambia Tourist Board, Stay Easy Hotel, Lusaka Hotel, Sphiwe Benasho, Mumba Christine Makumba, former Lusaka mayor Daniel Chisenga and Mubanga Mubanga.
At the pageant, Felicia Ahlgren of Sweden was First Runner-Up, Harshani Ruman (Sri Lanka – Second Runner-Up), Dijana Cvijevtic (Switzerland – Third Runner-Up), Alona Kholiavka (Russia – Fourth Runner-Up) and Konchuma Khienwad (Thailand – Fifth Runner-Up).
Liyah was nowhere near any title whatsoever.
The world chose Miss People’s Choice Winner by voting their favourite candidate at the pageant vote website during the whole pageant period of Miss Tourism Universe 2015; and Miss Myanmar Nang Seng Ing got the world’s nod.
The Miss Africa went to Nompumelelo Silabela of South Africa, Miss Asia (Rianne Kalaw – Philippines), Miss Arab (Chanez Belaid – Algeria), Miss America (Theily Montiel – Mexico) and Miss Europe (Oltjana Zdrava – Albania).
The other awards were for Miss Teen Model (Natalie Riar – Cyprus), Miss Best Evening Gown (Alona Ulianova – Belarus), Miss Photogenic (Daria Cocier), Miss Best Face (Milica Racic – Serbia), Miss Brilliant Smile (Khienwad Konchuma – Thailand), Miss Personality (Kateryna Koretska), Miss Best Costume (Nathalie Lozada – Panama) and Miss Internet (Hka Shawn Seng – Myanmar).

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