MISS INTERNATIONAL PHILIPPINES 2013 Bea Rose Santiago is the next Filipina beauty queen to compete internationally this year. This time, for the Miss International 2013 crown.
With two successful bids for pageant crowns this year, producing two queens from the Philippines, Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul and Miss World 2013 Megan Young; and a runner-up at Miss Universe 2013 with Ariella Arida who placed third runner-up, the pressure on Santiago’s shoulder is the heaviest of all. Will she snatch the Miss International 2013 crown?
UPDATE December 17, 2013: Bea Rose Santiago was crowned Miss International 2013 tonight, besting 66 other contenders from around the world. Earlier today, we predicted the win of Santiago and her first runner-up, Miss Netherlands Natalie den Dekker, in particular order. Read about it here on our ‘Top 15 Strong Contenders‘ post.
During the send off party for Santiago in November, the lady said she’s gonna do her best to win the title not only for the sake of a the third win but to give those typhoon-affected people in the Visayas region a reason to smile. As of this posting, she’s faring well in the competition, according to beauty experts and critics alike. One of the prettiest in the batch, Santiago is believed to be well-prepared as well.
If ever she wins, she will be the fifth Miss International from the Philippines, and would continue the success of the Philippines, which is still the most successful Asian country in this pageant having won four so far.
In 1964, Gemma Teresa Cruz’ success made the Philippines the first Asian to win the Miss International title. It was followed by the win of Aurora Pijuan in 1970. In 1979, Melanie Marquez, became the youngest Miss International winner at age 15. Precious Lara Quigaman was the last winner from the Philippines in 2005, breaking the 26-year drought. It has been eight years since then.
With four Miss International winners, the Philippines is trailing behind Venezuela with six (1985, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2010) while six other countries are behind them with three wins.
A win for Santiago is necessary as it would help the Philippines beauty pageant ranking remain on top of the others, and will give Venezuela a tough fight in being declared the home of beautiful people in terms of pageantry, especially with the recent success of Miss Earth Venezuela in the Miss Earth 2013 pageant held Saturday night, Dec. 7, here in the Philippines.
But the fight isn’t easy for Santiago who is battling against 71 other ladies from across the globe. But should this year be her year, all her fans and supporters will definitely be happy.
A native of Cataingan, Masbate in Bicol, the eldest of three children is not new to pageantry though. Since she moved to Canada at age 15 where she was trained to be a model, Santiago’s steak at the pageant world started as well. Her first title was Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities in 2011. A year later, she was seen representing the Philippines in Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2012, where she placed as one of the Top 10 semi-finalists.
This 2013, Santiago’s plight as a beauty queen continues. Winning over 46 other ladies in Binibining Pilipinas Gold earlier this year to represent the Philippines in the Miss International pageant may not be her final success yet. The 5-feet-9-inches tall lady is determined to bring home the Miss International 2013 crown.
Is she the perfect lady to follow the footsteps of Miss International 2012 Ikumi Yoshimatsu of Japan? Yoshimatsu will crown her successor at the 53rd edition of the pageant that will be held on December 17, 2013 at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Oh, we can only hope for the best.
Note: In our next feature, we will select the 15 strong contenders to be the next Miss International winner. Will Santiago be one of them? Follow us on Twitter @elysplanet and like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/elysplanet for updates.
Ely Valendez is an award-winning blogger-journalist based in the Philippines. He handles several social media marketing projects for various brands in his home country as well as for a US-based IT/e-commerce company, PCM where he works full time. He uses his spare time doing financial consultancy for a UK-based company. He also sits as member of the Board of Directors of the Philippines Communication Society and serves as a web manager and resource person of the Philippine Press Institute.
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