Fresh from the victory of Kylie Verzosa, our 6th Miss International title holder lets go back from memory lane and look back at the other 5 gorgeous Filipina who brought honor to our country.
Gemma Cruz. The first Filipina to win the Miss International title. The pageant was held in Long Beach, California, USA on August 14, 1964. She donated the US$10,000 prize money she won as Miss International to Manila Boys Town and Girls Home, a place where indigent and out of school youth is housed, in Marikina City, Philippines.
Aurora McKenney Pijuan. She won Miss International in Osaka, Japan on May 16, 1970. She made a record for the Philippines as the first country to win the title twice. She’s the mother of TJ Manotoc, the famous news anchor and sportscaster of ABS-CBN, ANC, and ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23. She is currently an active member of the Gawad Kalinga movement in the rural areas of the Philippines.
Mimilanie Marquez. Mimilanie aka Melanie is the youngest Filipina to compete in Miss International competition at the age of 15. She was crowned in Tokyo, Japan on November 12, 1979. She’s a successful model, actress and personality development coach.
Precious Lara Quigaman. She was the fourth Filipina to win the Miss International crown. She won Best in National Costume as well during the pageant on September 26, 2005. Currently, she’s still active as an actress in the Philippines.
Bea Rose Santiago. She was crowned on December 17, 2013. After winning she dedicated her crown to the victims of the super typhoon Yoland (Haiyan). Currently Bea is working as a model and a host.
Kylie Verzosa. Finally the latest Filipina to have won the Miss International title. Kylie was crowned on October 27, 2016. Before joining beauty pageant, she worked as a model and a preschool teacher.
Miss International is a Tokyo-based international beauty pageant organized by The International Culture Association. The pageant was first held in 1960. Along with Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Earth, this pageant is one of the Big Four international beauty pageants- the most coveted beauty titles when it comes to international pageant competitions.