Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina first Asian cover of EXPEDITION Middle East
XPEDITION Middle East magazine, the Middle East’s only home-grown luxury travel and lifestyle magazine targeted to affluent Emiratis, Expats and Arabs in the region with more than 12,000 VVIP subscribers circulated in all leading 5 star hotels, fine dining restaurants, tourism board offices, high-end travel agencies, first class and business class lounges, airlines and selected Sheikh’s offices in the Middle East, in some parts of Asia, Europe and America has announced today Maxine Medina, Miss Universe Philippines 2016, as the cover of the magazine’s January 2017 issue.
The magazine’s 4th issue will talk about ‘The Royalties of Travelling’ – an issue dedicated to royal lifestyle, high-end travel experiences, fashion and travel photography and inspirational travel stories from the affluent society.
Co-founder and multi-awarded Editor-in-Chief Josh Mangila said, “Maxine Medina is the epitome of an em-powered woman – despite the pressure and challenges of being a beauty queen and being a role model to many girls all over the Philippines and the world, she still handle herself with grace and elegance strengthened by her classy and authentic oriental charm – a true representation of luxury Philippines. This issue is also a tribute to my homeland the Philippines as we featured the other side of the Philippines – the luxury side of the island. I had a pleasure to work with a great team led by ace photographer Raymond Saldana and his team. We shot the editorial at one of the newest luxury property in the heart of the city, Nobu Hotel.”
“In the Middle East, Philippines is not seen as a luxury destination and I want to change that perspective by showing them the glamorous side of the country filled with enchanting beauty and grandiosity. We want to continuously erase the stereotypes and racism that Filipinos may have faced in the past. This issue is a game-changer as it will open new altitude for our readers about the Philippines and eventually encourage more affluent Middle Eastern travellers to visit and invest in the Philippines.” Added Josh Mangila, who was recently awarded by the M. European Tourism as the Most Influential Travel Journalist of 2016.
Maxine Medina commented on why does she want to promote the tourism in the Philippines, “Being able to promote and represent the country in the global arena is a privilege to showcase what the Philippines has to offer. I want everyone to know how rich the Filipino culture is. To be able to promote the Philippines gives me the opportunity to show the beauty of our country and our people. I would like to tell everyone about our unique Filipino values. To be raised and born as a Filipina is something that I will always be proud of and I will never trade places with anyone because growing up in my own country has taught me to be strong, responsi-ble and God-loving.”
On Maxine’s editorial feature, the magazine will also showcase the designs and dresses of internationally re-nowned Filipino designers such as Frederick Peralta, Francis Libiran, Albert Andrada, Edwin Tan, Pepsi Herrera and Ivarlusi Asero .
Along with this issue are exclusive interviews with royalties such as the Royal Princess of the Emirates of Shar-jah, Sheikha Hend Al Qassimi, the CEO from Harvard Business School Marie-Pier St. Hilaire and the reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. Also included is the extravagant photo shoot in Morocco by top Filipino lensman Raymond Saldana. It also contains travel tips for a unique European Escapade, guides while you are in Orange County California, most luxurious staycations in the United Arab Emirates and other destinations such as Lon-don, Seychelles, Mauritius, Tokyo, Venice and a lot more.
The ‘Royalties of Traveling’ issue is currently available for pre-order both in print and online.