I wish you were here to see the Queen in her best performance.
THE WEDDING OF THE QUEEN WAS A QUEEN'S WEDDING
St Paul Church in Hareesa, is one of the most beautiful churches in Lebanon.
Imagine the most beautiful colored flowers and the perfect arrangement
of plants, the shinning lights in the church and the other artificial
decorations, the voices of the talented singers and the tuneful music, and
don't feel that you are in heaven!
Christina in her white dress, her face and body shinning like diamonds
covered with pearls, walking royally accompanied by Tony, smiling like
happy babies, looking at hundreds of different cameras that are trying to
capture her in pictures, reaches the church altar where two Archbishops and
several presets waiting to start the ceremony.
Tony, when asked, said YES in a loud voice, where everyone in the church
laughed. Christina said YES of course. You could feel happiness and love
fluttering above their heads.
After the Wedding, we went to the "Reginsy Hotel".
Ministers, Deputy members, relatives, friends, LBC staff and actors, media
men were all there to congratulate the Bride and the Groom and their
parents. The place was ready for receiving the Queen. Tony came carried on
the shoulders of Saber and friends. They all danced with ZAFY group.
Then Tony went up-stairs to the last step waiting for Christina to show up.
Special announcing music, ZAFY women and men waiting on each step of the
stairs in an Royal welcome, as you see in movies. Christina walking slowly
reached the first step. Tony takes her hand and a paper from his pocket and
starts reading words to prove her and in front of all that his love is
eternal. Kisses, hard music, dancing. everybody on the dance floor.
The wedding was a "Royal" one as well as "Folkloric".
Mabrouk Christina and Tony
3akbal kill al3azaby
These above are the pictures our Shweir.com correspondent Riad was able to capture while competing with dozens of the big boys for a better vantage point. We know there are better pictures worthy of Christina and Tony... so please, who ever can send them to us, we will be glad to post them.
Miss Lebanon, Christina Sawaya, Crowned "Miss International" in Tokyo... Congratulations... Alf Mabrook.
Miss Lebanon Christina Sawaya waves after winning the Miss International beauty
pageant in Tokyo on September 30, 2002. Sawaya was chosen as
Miss International among beauties from 51 countries.
Winner of Miss International, Miss Lebanon Christina Sawaya (C),
first runner-up Miss France Emmanuelle Jagodsinski (L), and
second runner-up Miss Japan Hana Urushima (R)
pose after the Miss International beauty pageant in Tokyo on September 30, 2002.
Sawaya was chosen Miss International among beauties from 51 countries.
Miss Lebanon, Christina Sawaya, 22 (L), prays after being selected as
2002 Miss International during the competition at a Tokyo hotel 30
September 2002 as 2001 Miss International Malgorzata Rozniecka (R) from
Poland awaits to give her crown. 51 beauties competed for the Miss
International crown. AFP PHOTO/TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA
From: Salim sawaya
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 12:03 PM
Subject: MISS Lebanon is Miss INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY PAGEANT
I have just now received the
photos of newly elected Miss International Beauty Pageant held in Tokyo today.
Miss Lebanon CHRISTINA SAWAYA have just won the title. Miss Lebanon,
Christina Sawaya, 22 was selected as 2002 Miss International during the
competition at a Tokyo hotel 30 September 2002. 51 beauties competed for
the Miss International crown.
It's indeed a glory day for Lebanon, for the Arab World and for all of us Shweirieh. It means that our beloved daiaa still has the beauty and
the power. So be proud of this day because it is the second time after Georgina Rizk that Lebanon stands in the highest international beauty competitions.
Salim B. Sawaya
Miss Lebanon 2001: Christina Sawaya from Shweir
|Author||Topic: Christina the new Miss World International|
----- Original Message -----
Miss Lebanon Christina Sawaya has won
international beauty in tokyo last night
Here is what the above link shows
|Tue Oct 1, 9:41 AM ET|
Christina Sawaya of Lebanon poses during the Miss International beauty pageant in Tokyo Monday, Sept. 30, 2002. Sawaya was crowned the Miss International 2002 among 51 contestants. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
The prestigious Global Beauties
"Best Overall Performance"
Among Miss Universe, Miss Globe and Miss International
After an incredible dispute involving the current Miss World and Miss International titleholders, and the dethroned Miss Universe, Christina Sawaya, a stunning Mediterranean and Middle Eastern beauty from Lebanon, became the first Miss International contestant to win the prestigious GB Award for "best overall performance" in the year. Well, 2002 has now the face, the body and the amazing aura of Miss Lebanon and Miss International 2003!
After a tie with Turkish beauty Azra Azin, Miss World, the competition's rules were clear: it was the vote given by the president of the jury, Finish writer and pageant expert Marjukka Nienemen, that would decide who would take the main award home, and Christina had it. It is interesting to note that in Asia Azra was the winner, with a single point ahead of Christina. It is the first time in the five-year history of the GB Awards that the overall winner is not her respective continent's winner as well. It is the first time also that a Miss Universe titleholder or delegate doesn't win the big one.
-Christina Sawaya, Lebanon/Int'l (22)
-Azra Akin, Turkey/World (22)
-Oxana Fedorova, Russia/Universe (21)
4-Justine Pasek, Panama/Universe (14)
5-Emmanuelle Jagodsinski, France/Int'l (11)
The above info was obtained from this website:
New Miss Lebanon, Christina (Nassif Asaad Abou Rizk) Sawaya, is from Shweir...
Christina Sawaya, Miss Lebanon 2001, surrounded by Bethany Kehdy and Nisreen Azizi, first and second runner-ups to the queen
at Miss Lebanon Pageant 2001 runs right to the end
Winning contestant displayed not only beauty but soul, strong nerves and intelligence
Elizabeth Abi Khalil
Special to The Daily Star
Lebanon is a country where beauty is observed not only
physically, but also within the soul. Twenty women aged between 18 and 24 and
hailing from all parts of Lebanon participated in the annual Miss Lebanon
Pageant 2001 Friday. Numerous political and media figures attended the event,
which was organized by producers Starwave and broadcast live by LBCI, from the
Salle des Ambassadeurs at Casino du Liban. Even before the evening got under
way, guests were examining the brochure displaying the competitors and
speculating about who the next Miss Lebanon might be. Tourism Minister Karam
Karam said that “the story of Lebanon is with beauty … as ancient as its
Miss Lebanon 2000 Sandra Rizk made a spectacular entrance onto the stage. “I entered society to deal with the young and the elderly, and it was an amazing experience,” said Rizk. “My life changed through the past year and it was great to be able to participate in such an event,” she added. Hostess for the evening, Miss Lebanon 1995 Dina Azar, was as usual shining with beauty and glamor. “As you know the decision will be very difficult, for they are all beautiful,” said Azar. Introduced by Azar, the contestants gave an amazing display, parading elegantly in bathing suits and evening wear. After the contestants paraded, a 10-member jury consisting of Mona Fares, Sheikh Nassib Gemayel, Souad al-Achi, Markram Abi Fadel, Julia Boutros, Yahya al-Bishri, Carla Yardemian, Anachar Basbous, Raoul Verney and Wajih Nahle narrowed the contestants down to 10.
After responding to randomly selected questions from the jury members, the participants were whittled down to five: Jeanne d’Arc Sakr, Mireille Ziade, Nisrine Azizi, Bethany Kehdy and Christina Sawaya. Suspense filled the room. The final decision was only moments away. Azar asked each of the five contestants a final question and each answered in her own way, displaying nervousness. In the end, Christina Sawaya, 21, from Dhour Choueir with a BS in business from the Lebanese American University, answered with the most confidence and was crowned Miss Lebanon 2001 by last year’s winner, Sandra Rizk. The first runner-up was Bethany Kehdy, 20, from Baskinta, while second runner-up went to 18-year-old Nisrine Azizi from Zghorta. Justine Daoud, Cynthia Kiame and Mireille Ziade were respectively selected Miss Personality, Miss Elegance and Miss Photogenic.
Thank you Rouba, I will forward this to Anwar and see if he has any input from any body.
From: rouba khairallah [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2001 4:34 AM
Subject: Big Welcome To Christina in Dhour Shweir
hi matars, how r u guys, long time no speak ...anyway i wanted to let u know that on staurday 13 dhour el shweir made a very warm welcome to our miss lebanon . i wasn't there to see i was in beirut but mom told me all about it.she came with her family. they escorted her from shweir to dhour. the tour began from the road under our house in shweir , all the shweiriyeh were on the balconies shouting and throwing rice at her (the old tradition) and she was welcomed by all the associations in dhour and in the saha she made a little speavh , so impressive and some of the shweiriyeh made her poems . she was so happy and she bursted into tears. it was so moving .i hope u can get pictures or more details from anyone active on the web who was really there and maybe took pictures. take careRouby K.
Thank you Rouba for taking the time to tell us about this important event... even though you did not see it... I first heard about it from Habib Halabi who sent an email to me telling me that such an event would take place and assumed that there would be someone to take or send pictures to us.
From: Rosalie Sawaya [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2001 5:31 PM
I am Rosalie Adib Touma Sawaya from São Paulo, Brazil. I am very happy that you won the contest for Miss Lebanon. I am proud of you, you are very beautiful. I told to my all relatives here about you. Everybody sends their regards. Congratulations to Sawaya's family. Best regards to your family,
----- Original Message from Paulo Sawaya in Brazil-----From: PAULO H SAWAYA FILHOSent: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 2:23 PMSubject: Miss Lebanon 2001My name is Paulo H.Sawaya Junior, my father was Paulo Sawaya and we are living many years here in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I was informed about Miss Lebanon 2001 , Miss Christina Sawaya and I would like to send my congratulations to Miss Christina, could you do that for me ?Any answer my e mail is: firstname.lastname@example.orgThank youBest regardsPaulo H.Sawaya Jr
Miss Lebanon visits Shweir by Fadi Abdel Ahad sent on October 28, 2001
On Saturday 13th of October 2001 the new Miss Lebanon 2001 Christina Sawaya was received in the arms of her town people (the famous Shweirieh). As a matter of fact, a ceremony for the honoring of our Shweirieh Miss Lebanon 2001 was prepared by all the committees in Shweir. The ceremony started at 3:30 p.m. in the Saha. Arriving to the Saha (coming up from Shweir,) she stepped out of her car and walked into the Dhour El Shweir hotel passing under a bow that was made by the scout girls holding red and white flags (as shown in the first photo)
In addition to that, the ceremony included speeches by Mr. Shawki Sawaya (our Municipality President,) Christina Sawaya, Chistina's father and Glades Bou Saab Baraket (who represented all the committees of Shweir.)
Then Christina and her family went into the hotel's lobby where they were greeted and congratulated. The second photo is a picture of Christina along with her parents.
Note that these photos are courtesy of Raymond Moujaes who presents them to the Shweir.com family.
Thank you Anwar and keep the Good work up. I'll keep in touch, Bye Bye
Thank you Fadi Abdel Ahad for your report and thank you Raymond Moujaes for the pictures...
OK young people of Shweir... Who has some good pictures that would like to share with the Shweirieh around the world?
I bet Christina Sawaya has some great pictures.
|An open letter to
On behalf of the Shweirieh in Lebanon and around the world, we congratulate you on your achievement. You give aspiration and hope to the young generation and pride to all.
We invite you to sign the Shweir.com Guest Book and communicate with Shweirieh from around the world on Shweir.com Bulletin Board.
Also, if you have some favorite pictures that you would like us to feature or have any questions, please email them to email@example.com and or our Al Mukhtar bil Mahjar, George Matar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes and good luck on representing Lebanon at the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant.
Your support team at Shweir.com
Again, young people, that letter does not mean that you do not have to send photos or report. We still need some photos that you or someone you know took of that visit and a detailed report... any volunteers?
From Mike Sawaya:
During the Program of Miss Lebanon, each of the beauty contestants was asked a question, concerning the equality of women and men, Christina Sawaya explained the importance of women in our society and gave an example of Salwa Nassar that shined in all the Middle East for she was the first to enter into the Atomic experience.
From Habib Halabi:
"We are a nation that Adores beauty. "
From the heart of Lebanon, our Al-Matin girls made it to the top.
|Author||Topic: Miss Lebanon 2001 (Update)|
09-25-2001 04:31 AM
Hello everyone, This is a small Bio for Miss Lebanon 2001 (Shweirieh !!!)
Full Name: Christina Nassif Sawaya
Her grandfather is Asaad Abou Rizk Sawaya (Nicknamed Asaad "Al Kawass", a title given to the person who helps the Arbishop in the old days, he used to work with the Arbishops of the Royal Catholic Sect). Her family currently doesn't reside in Shweir but in Rabieh.
Note: The info is courtesy of Mr. George Rizk and with the help of Miss Mary Sawaya.
From Grace Halabi:
This email was form my uncle Barnie Hatem..just an FYI :) Grace
Miss Lebanon, as you may well know by now, is a Shweiri.
Nada and I were rooting for her (on LBC), of course, due to our common interest
in Shweir. What was so funny though, as we went to church the following
morning, we discovered that a young man, Jean Claude, who has been coming to our
church for the last few months turned out to be her half brother! He was
telling us how thrilled he was, and how he was even more thrilled to see his mom
and dad on stage alongside her!
You can pass this tidbit to the Shweir website, since I am not a registered member to do so myself.
Thank you to Habib Halabi, Mike Sawaya, Elias Khonaisser, Souheil Khonaysser, Fadi Abdel Ahad, Ayman Chalhoub, Grace Halabi, Uncle Barnie and many others for calling, contributing information and/or pictures abou
Shweirieh Party to spread Goodwill
In United Arab Emirates
----- Original Message -----
From: "Riad Khunieser"
To: "A. G. Kenicer"
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2003 3:11 AM
Subject: Actions speak louder than words
Dear Anwar &
shweir.com, A brief report of good actions.
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."
Working for and with non-profit organizations gives you the power and the courage to ask for help from all goodhearted citizens. If you practice what you preach, you will always find men putting hands with yours to build and help.
The Al-Berkieh Restaurant in Abu Dhabi on the 13th of December. 2002 was the place where Shweirieh and friends gathered to support "BYTNA", the Elderly Retirement Home. A great dinner was giving by Mr. Albert Mata, the Work Council Chairman in
Abu Dhabi and the owner of the Al-Berkieh Restaurant to honor Workers for Elderly and to help in building the Retirement Home, with the presence of Miss Lebanon, Miss International, Christina Sawaya,as guest of honor, the Consul Mr. Fadi Ziady, representing the Ambassador Mr. Hassan Berrou, Shweirieh and friends. Mr. Tony Baroud, who was in Dubai on business, was invited to the party where he took roll in making it livelier. Mrs. Korban went to Abu Dhabi from Shweir to help in preparing the party and presenting
the project. The pictures will give you a better idea for that night.
Union is strength. This is what the workers for good projects believe in and work for.
|Christina, where ever you go, your smile shines brightly and touches those around you... we love you!|
a Great party
|for a worthy cause... > >|
Up Close with Miss Lebanon/International
Hi Anwar, How are you doing? I have a surprise for Shweir.com and i would like it if u would post it.
Interviewed By: Lama Katoul
Thank you Lama and Christina for a Great interview.
For those who do not know Lama, she is Shweir.com youngest correspondent.
Yes, Lama was cool when she posted a hypothetical question on Shweir.com Bulletin Board:
"If you had a chance to ask Christina a question, what would you ask?" So, for those of you who did not respond to Lama then, you lost the opportunity to have your question asked... way to go Lama...
Recent reports by Lama:
Miss Teenage Beauty Pageant - 2001 & Miss Teenage Beauty Pageant 2002
Congratulations to Christina Sawaya, the winner of yet another honor, the V Global Beauties Award for Best Overall Performance in the year 2002!!!!
An evening of
Poetry by prominent poet Henry Zghaib
presented and accompanied by the elegant Alexa Kiamy
Life Achievement Awards Honoring Eight Prominent Shweirys
presented by the eloquent Rita Rahbany
Ain El Assis, August 6, 2003
Life Achievement Awards started a few years ago by Nabil Matar and now is continued via Shweir.com