Joanna Camelle Mercado was recently crowned Miss Continentes Unidos 2022 in Portoviejo, Ecuador last August 6, 2022. She was the second winner from the Philippines and Asia and bested 24 other international delegates.
Mercado stood out in every segment of the pageant, from the national costume, swimsuit round, long gown competition and she nailed the Q&A segment during the grand finale.
Here’s Mercado’s winning answer:
“We must come together despite our differences through love, amor, and embracing cultural awareness. Through unity, we surpassed the nightmare of this pandemic and it is evident that we can triumph any trials that may come, including war.
“Just like Portoviejo, un ejemplo de resiliencia, el verdadero poder es la unión solo tenemos una raza esa es la raza humana (an example of resilience, the true power is the union we only have one race that is the human race). Gracias, Ecuador! Mabuhay, Philippines!”
Ivanova Velez (Ecuador) – 1st Runner-Up
Karen Ortiz (Colombia) – 2nd Runner-Up
Lis Arbalaez (Venezuela) – 3rd Runner-Up
Gretha Matiauda (Paraguay) 4th Runner-Up
Ayram Ortiz (Mexico) – 5th Runner-Up