Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Philippines: The Pageant Powerhouse Has Reawakened


Megan Young’s Miss World victory that came right after Mutya Datul’s Miss Supranational conquest has given the Philippines a very unique distinction.


The Philippines is now the first and only country so far to win all the six major international beauty titles also known as the Grand Slam Pageants at stake


In fact, the twin victories have already given us a wide lead in the race for the Country of the Year in pageantry.

It has been 40 years since we held the recognition.

The last time we held the title was in 1973 when we won the Miss Universe, 1st RU in Miss World and 1st RU in Miss International

Had our very own Evangeline Pascual accepted the Miss World crown after Marjorie Wallace of the United States was dethroned, we would have been the third country to have won both the Miss Universe and Miss World crowns the same year.

France first did it in 1953 and followed by Australia in 1972 then Venezuela in 1981. India achieved the feat twice. First in 1994 with Sushmita Sen as Miss Universe with Aishwarya Rai as Miss World. India did it again in 2000 with Lara Dutta as Miss Universe and Priyanka Chopra as Miss World
2013 Miss World Megan Young
2013 Miss Supranational Mutya Datul

The Philippines has already collected a total of 10 Grand Slam titles broken down as follows:

TWO MISS UNIVERSE Winners, 1969 Gloria Diaz, 1973 Margie Moran

1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz

1973 Miss Universe Margie Moran


1964 Gemma Cruz
1970 Aurora Pijuan
1979 Melanie Marquez
2005 Precious Lara Quigaman 
 1964 Miss International Gemma Cruz
Gemma holds the distinction of being the first Filipina to win an int'l title
1970 Miss International Aurora Pijuan
1979 Miss International Melanie Marquez
Voted as the Most Beautiful Miss Int'l Of All Time 
2005 Miss International Precious Lara Quigaman
ONE MISS TOURISM QUEEN INTL, 2006 Justine Gabionza  
2006 Miss Tourism Queen Int'l Justine Gabionza
ONE MISS EARTH, 2008 Karla Henry  
2008 Miss Earth Karla Henry

2013 Miss Supranational Mutya Datul
Mutya is the first Filipina and Asian to win the Miss Supranational title
Mutya won more than a million pesos in cash & merchandise
ONE MISS WORLD, 2013 Megan Young      
 2013 Miss World Megan Young
Of course, the achievement would pale in comparison with the harvest from Venezuela but the point here is that the Philippines has won all six titles

Year 2013 is shaping up to be the Philippines’ banner year in pageantry with its conquest of the first two Grand Slam titles at stake.

Both the Miss Supranational and Miss World titles were won in September


We can already imagine the pressure felt by Angelee de los Reyes, Bea Santiago, Ara Arida and Cindy Miranda as they prepare for Miss Earth, Miss International, Miss Universe and Miss Tourism Queen Intl, respectively

As of this writing, Cindy is already in China for the Miss Tourism Queen Intl pageant

Right now, the Philippines is in a roll and enjoying its Second Golden Age in pageantry.

Our country has always been known all over the world for its passion for basketball, cockfighting and beauty pageants

Ours is a pageant- crazy nation that fiercely protects and supports its candidates in international pageants.

The overwhelming support we give our beauty queens has been the source of both admiration and envy for other nations

Back then, the Philippines was the Powerhouse in Pageants long before Venezuela came into the picture.

During the 60's up to the mid 70's, we were either winning or making it as finalists in the major international pageants.

We experienced a drought especially in Miss Universe from 2000 to 2009

The explosive performances of Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup and Janine Tugonon in Miss Universe reignited our interest in pageants

Let us keep the momentum going.

Two down and four more to go before the year ends!

Break a leg Philippines and continue your global domination

Here's the link to the Philippine domination of international pageants for 2013: 

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