Sunday, December 22, 2013

Philippines is Country of the Year in Pageantry


Bea Santiago is Miss International
Bea Santiago’s conquest of the 2013 Miss International crown means an unprecedented three international beauty titles in one year. It’s a feat that has not been achieved by any other country in the world.

Not even Venezuela, the acknowledged pageant powerhouse can lay claim to such an achievement.

For the second straight year, the Philippines placed in all the Grand Slam Pageants or the Big Five, namely; Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International and Miss Supranational

Aside from the three international beauty titles, our country’s harvest includes runner up, finalist and semifinalist placements

VENEZUELA VERSUS PHILIPPINES

Mutya Datul is Miss Supranational
Megan Young is Miss World
September 2013 proved to be a lucky month for the Philippines for we opened it with Mutya Datul’s Miss Supranational victory, a first by a Filipina and an Asian. September closed with our historic first Miss World crown courtesy of Megan Young

Gabriela Isler is Miss Universe
 Alyz Henrich is Miss Earth
Not to be outdone, Gabriela “Molly” Isler of Venezuela came from behind to snatch the Miss Universe crown from the frontrunners and pre- pageant favorites that included our very own Ariella Arida. Venezuela followed it up with their second Miss Earth crown

With two beauty titles each, Venezuela and the Philippines were headed for an inevitable clash for the distinction of being named Country of the Year in pageantry

L-R: Venezuela, Philippines, Venezuela & Philippines
With bated breath, everyone in the pageant world realized that Miss International would be the deciding tiebreaker to determine which country will emerge as the dominant force in pageantry for 2013. 
 
 TIEBREAKER: Bea after making it three for the Philippines


Of course, everyone knows by now that we have won our fifth Miss International crown

Pageant Coaches: Osmel Souza of Venezuela & Jonas Gaffud of the Philippines 
COUNTRY OF THE YEAR

This is not the first time that the Philippines earned the recognition as Country of the Year. 

Forty years ago or in 1973 to be exact, we dominated the international pageant scene. 

Margie Moran was crowned Miss Universe in Greece, Marilen Ojeda was 4th Runner-Up in Miss International, Nanette Prodigalidad was 1st Runner-Up in Miss Maja-International and Evangeline Pascual was 1st Runner-Up in Miss World.

2013 BB PILIPINAS GOLDEN HARVEST



The 2013 Gold Edition of Bb Pilipinas that has produced two international beauty titlists has proven to be the most successful batch

Ariella is Miss Universe 3rd Runner Up while Cindy Miranda landed in the Top 10 of Miss Tourism Queen International

Indeed, the high point in BPCI’s 50 golden years of Filipina pulchritude, poise and personality

Aside from Bb. Pilipinas’ Golden Harvest, Cory Qurino’s Miss World Philippines produced its first Miss World. We finally struck gold after 47 years of participation that started in 1966

Not to be outdone, Angelee Claudett De Los Reyes made the Final Eight in Miss Earth Pageant

FILIPINA BEAUTY SHINES THROUGH

Year 2013 has proven to be a most bountiful year for our Filipina beauty queens. We are now being recognized as a global force when it comes to beauty competitions

With the Philippines currently enjoying its Second Golden Age in Pageantry, now is the time to review the winning formula and to sustain our winning streak. This is not the time to gloat or to brag about our ladies’ accomplishments

RESULTS FOR COUNTRY OF THE YEAR


 1ST Place: Philippines
PAGEANT
PLACEMENT
Miss World
WINNER
Miss Universe
3RD Runner Up
Miss Earth
Top Eight
Miss International
WINNER
Miss Supranational
WINNER


 2nd Place: Venezuela
PAGEANT
PLACEMENT
Miss World
Did not place
Miss Universe
WINNER
Miss Earth
WINNER
Miss International
Did not place
Miss Supranational
Top 20


 3rd Place: Spain
PAGEANT
PLACEMENT
Miss World
Top 6
Miss Universe
1st Runner Up
Miss Earth
Top 16
Miss International
Top 15
Miss Supranational
Did not place


 4th Place: Brazil
PAGEANT
PLACEMENT
Miss World
Top 6
Miss Universe
4th Runner Up
Miss Earth
Did not place
Miss International
Top 15
Miss Supranational
Top 10


5th Place: USA
PAGEANT
PLACEMENT
Miss World
Top 20
Miss Universe
Top 10
Miss Earth
Top 16
Miss International
Top 15
Miss Supranational
Did not place

SALUTE TO THE PAGEANT MENTORS

Kudos also to the collective efforts of all our beauty camps for searching, training, grooming and polishing virtual unknowns & lovely Filipinas with great potentials into stunning global headturners

I also hope that Filipino designers would finally be given the opportunity to dress up our Bb Pilipinas queens when they compete abroad so that we can showcase the brilliance and artistry of our Pinoy design artists

COLLECTIVE & UNITED SUPPORT

Finally, I hope and pray that we can discard our crab mentality and that we would be more supportive of whoever is carrying the Philippine sash in upcoming pageants. Let us close ranks and be united as we support our Pinay beauty queens.  

In a year that has been marred by devastating calamities, our Pinay beauty queens' triumphs in the international arena has given us not only a breath of fresh air but also a collective sense of national pride and a source of jubilation

Long May You Reign Ladies!

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