No Miss Universe Pageant for 2020!

That is what Miss Universe Puerto Rico National Director Denise Quinones has confirmed in an official statement on the MUPR website.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has made such disruption that the Miss Universe pageant is the second Alpha pageant to cancel their 2020 finals. Initial rumors circulated that the original pageant date eyed was on December 6th in the US but with the mounting cases of Covid-19 related deaths and infections in the US, this is probably for the best. It is rumored that Miami is to host the next MU edition sometime mid-2021. What is confirmed though is the cancellation of this year’s finals to next year.
This would make Zozibini Tunzi’s reign as one of the longest Miss Universe reigns alongside Leila Lopes, Gabriela Isler, Natalie Glebova and Pia Wurtzbach.

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Below is the statement from Denise:

¨Unfortunately, this situation has affected all areas and our contest is no exception. Our priority is to maintain the health and safety of all pre-candidates and our team. We have kept in touch with them to find out how they are and let them know that we will give them more information soon. So far, the Miss Universe organization has not offered an official statement about the international pageant or the selection process, however, they told us that the event will not be held this year and that they are evaluating dates probably for the first quarter of 2021. This will allow us to have more time for the selection and preparation of the candidate from Puerto Rico. As soon as we receive instructions from the Organization we will be able to evaluate the available options. We trust that, As we have done for the past years, the decision made will be positive for our representation. We appreciate all the interest, support and affection that our followers have expressed in this process. We will keep in touch to let you know the next details of Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2020¨.

The End of Philippine Supremacy in Miss Universe?

After a long 10-year run of continuous placements in the Miss Universe pageant, should Filipino pageant fans be worried that our luck might be thinning out?

In just 10 years the Philippines has scored 2 Miss Universe titles, 4 runner-up wins and 4 semifinalist placements. As the proverbial saying goes “what goes up, must come down”.  Has the Philippines used up its pageant luck in the last decade? What does this mean for our coming pageant queens and MU reps? That is exactly what we are going to be talking about in today’s blogpost.

Change is constant and nothing is permanent. The Philippines has enjoyed a renaissance in pageantry in the last decade winning one title after the other from different international pageants: Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss World, etc… To think that this will not change anytime soon is naivety. As we know, there is a changing landscape in the Miss Universe pageant that we are seeing reshaping what it means to win the title. Let’s enumerate the changes we are seeing so far in the pageant that could affect how the Philippines’ chances are affected.

  1. Focus on Speaking Ability – with the pronouncement that the Miss Universe is looking for a spokesperson, everyone has to calibrate how they are selecting a national winner. This was quite clear in the latest edition of the pageant. No less than 5 instances where a semifinalist has to speak during the finals. This implies that a candidate has to have a strong command of the English language to be noticed in the competition. Fluency in English is now a strong requirement to be able to win the title.
  2. More Business-like/ Financially-driven MUOrg – this is so far one of the stark changes we’ve seen in the pageant over the last three years. Older franchises are dropped in favor of new pageant orgs that can offer higher franchise fees. This means that newer organizations are more aggressive to prove their merit. Anyone who can bring in more money to the organization is potentially given a positive spotlight. Does it have a bearing on the pageant scoring? Definitely not. But any positive spotlight can be worked to an advantage if the org and the pageant girl know how to play the game.
  3. Opening of Other Pageant Markets in Asia – after the MU pageant held in Bangkok in 2018, the MU found another cash cow country in terms of business opportunity and expansion. Vietnam is also opening in terms of opportunities for hosting. Both countries could offer other business opportunities such as endorsements and sponsorships. Even Indonesia’s annual hiring of the MU winner for an energy drink brings in revenue to the pageant. The Philippines has been able to bring in a Filipino swimsuit and skincare sponsor in the 2019 edition of the pageant. And with Nepal aiming to hold the Miss Universe 2022 edition, the field is getting more and more populated…
  4. Philippines’ Winning Record Creating “Crown Envy” – the Philippines has to be the winning-est country in the last 10 years of the Miss Universe pageant. That too glossy a record has definitely attracted a bevy of haters and envy fans questioning is the MUOrg is favoring the Philippines too much? In the interest of fairness, any pageant organization would start to diminish the chances of winning for that particular country just to preserve the delicate status quo.

With all of these factors in mind, a Filipina’s chances of winning the MU title has increased in terms of difficulty. No less than a tall, facially strong, physically proportioned and fit, advocacy-driven, impeccably dressed, determined and articulate Filipina has to be selected to represent the country in Miss Universe. In short, a Filipina rep has to cover all of these bases to be able to say her placement is warranted and earned – and perhaps for her not to be denied a spot in the semis.

The change in the direction of the wind means that a sailor has to adjust his sails. That is exactly what the Philippines have to do. How long do you think can the Philippines sustain winning in Miss Universe if we don’t recalibrate to the whims and wants of the organization? With how the country has performed in the past decade, the changing of the tides to favor new emerging markets could spell that the Philippines being the apple of the MU eye is over. Thailand, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, Colombia and other pageant crazy countries are emerging to take over. If we are to maintain our supremacy in the competition, then the Philippines have to be one step ahead of the competition.

Countries That Won All Alpha Pageant Titles

Only 4 countries have won all four Alpha Pageant titles – Brazil, Venezuela, the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

The first country to win all four major international pageant titles was Brazil, when Priscilla Meirelles won Miss Earth in 2004. Overall the country has six victories spread out between the four pageants:
Miss Universe (1963, 1968)
Miss World (1971)
Miss International (1968)
Miss Earth (2004, 2009)

Venezuela is the undisputed queen of the pageant world with a whopping 130 placements and 23 wins.
Miss Universe (1979, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2013)
Miss World (1955, 1981, 1984, 1991, 1995, 2011)
Miss International (1985, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2015, 2018)
Miss Earth (2005, 2013)

The country has the longest winning streak (six years), having held the titles of Miss World 2013, Miss International 2013, Miss Earth 2014, Miss Earth 2015, Miss Universe 2015, Miss International 2016, Miss Earth 2017, and Miss Universe 2018.
Miss Universe (1969, 1973, 2015, 2018)
Miss World (2013)
Miss International (1964, 1970, 1979, 2005, 2013, 2016)
Miss Earth (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017)

Puerto Rico is the latest country to join Brazil, Venezuela, and the Philippines after their 2019 victory at Miss Earth.
Miss Universe (1970, 1985, 1993, 2001, 2006)
Miss World (1975, 2016)
Miss International (1987, 2014)
Miss Earth (2019)


Mister Supranational

It may be one of the youngest male competitions out there but the Mister Supranational pageant is making a mark in the world of male pageantry…

Mister Supranational aims to revolutionize the industry, being the first competition of this nature to have a super modern and high fashion television production. 36 countries and territories competed in the contest’s first edition in Poland. The idea is to discover new talent for the modeling and television industries and to produce instant celebrities.

WORLD BEAUTY ASSOCIATION, S.A. – Based in Panama, the World Beauty Association (WBA), S.A. has developed a trusted reputation for over twenty years of experience in the event industry and beauty contests. WBA S.A. is the proud organizer of Mister and Miss Supranational beauty contests.
NOWA SCENA – A global leader in event production, Polish-based Nowa Scena is the partner production house for the execution of the Miss Supranational TV Show, as well as its distribution and logistical support.


Mister Supranational 2016 – Diego Garcy, MEXICO
The first ever Mister Supranational was elected on December 3rd, in Poland, and he is Diego Garcy, from Mexico. Diego is 26 years old,  6’2 1/2″ tall, hails from the city of Zapopan and has a BA in Business Administration.

Mister Supranational 2017 – Gabriel Correa,  VENEZUELA
Gabriel is a former baseball player and Mister Venezuela 2015. He is currently a model and actor in Venezuela. During his reign, Gabriel traveled to Korea, Hong Kong, China, Poland, Brazil and the United States.

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MISTER SUPRANATIONAL 2017 – Gabriel Correa, VENEZUELA @gabrielcorrea.oficial Gabriel is a former baseball player and Mister Venezuela 2015. He is currently a model and actor in Venezuela. During his reign, Gabriel traveled to Korea, Hong Kong, China, Poland, Brazil and the United States. More on the Mister Supranational winners on the link in bio! For more pageant trivia, news, rumors and updates, follow us @sashesandscriptsofficial . . . . . . . #SashesandScripts #UltimatePageantBlog #PageantBlogger #pageantblog #malepageants #mistersupranational #diegogarcy #gabrielcorrea #prathameshmaulingkar #natecrnkovich #misssupranational #MANicMondays #MANicMonday

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Mister Supranational 2018 – Prathamesh Maulingkar, INDIA
Prathamesh Maulingkar from Goa, India was named the third Mister Supranational in December 2018. During his reign, Prathamesh became actively involved in beach cleaning drives with world renowned environmental activist, Afroz Shah. He also traveled to Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Mister Supranational 2019 – Nate Crnkovich,  USA
24 year old Nate is from Omaha in Nebraska, United States. The 6’3″ former college footballer player graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. He is currently working as an ER and Trauma nurse in California. In his free time, he enjoys reading, snowboarding, riding motorcycles and spending time with his family and friends.

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MISTER SUPRANATIONAL 2019 – Nate Crnkovich, USA @natecrnk 24 year old Nate is from Omaha in Nebraska, United States. The 6’3″ former college footballer player graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. He is currently working as an ER and Trauma nurse in California. In his free time, he enjoys reading, snowboarding, riding motorcycles and spending time with his family and friends. More on the Mister Supranational winners on the link in bio! For more pageant trivia, news, rumors and updates, follow us @sashesandscriptsofficial . . . . . . . #SashesandScripts #UltimatePageantBlog #PageantBlogger #pageantblog #malepageants #mistersupranational #diegogarcy #gabrielcorrea #prathameshmaulingkar #natecrnkovich #misssupranational #MANicMondays #MANicMonday

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Nate, who is of Polish, Irish, Croatian and German descent, plans to obtain his license as a paramedic, so he can work as flight nurse and medic. During his reign, he hopes to offer his skills for humanitarian mission. He would also like to use this platform to address issues that young men face in the world. Nate would also like to explore the worlds of modeling and acting.

Señorita Colombia 2020, Maria Fernanda Aristizabal Will NOT go to Miss Universe

Just when we thought things have been settled, this new development appears!

Señorita Colombia 2020 Maria Fernanda Aristizabal will not be able to compete in the Miss Universe pageant at all. This was clear after the new Miss Universe Colombia organization posted an announcement on their social media that a selection of a new Colombian rep to Miss Universe will take place this year.

After failing to reach an agreement with the Concurso Nacional de Belleza, the new owners of the MU – Colombia franchise have decided that they will choose a representative, who must be registered on the Miss Universe website by November 1, according to the regulations of the pageant. It was also posted that the MUC organization gave a deadline for an answer from CNB last Saturday or they will make decisions on how they will proceed.

At first it was said that the possibility was considered that María Fernanda would be her country’s representative in Miss Universe. There were even reports that CNB President Raimundo Angulo was in talks with the new MUC organization that the CNB has allowed the participation of Mafe to the MU pageant. It was reported in the El Universal newspaper that both parties are in talks and is working with the CNB Board of Directors to approve Mafe’s participation. In a recent El Universal statement, he clarified further that “No (official) communication has reached me about it, but if they are going to do a contest in Barranquilla, perfect. They are free to do whatever they want. I don’t have to make any statement about it.

When we earlier posted that the two organizations are working things out for Maria Fernanda to be able to compete, we were ecstatic and hopeful. However learning that no official communications were made and that there were allegations that it was CNB who did not respond, made this situation all the more confusing. On CNB’s defense, we understand that calling for a Board of Directors meeting during this time of pandemic might have been difficult and hence wasn’t able to meet the deadline. MUC is also in a rush as a representative must be selected be November 1st. And there might not be enough time to hold a national search during this pandemic…

We are just sad that we will not be seeing Mafe in Miss Universe as we think she would have made Colombia proud. It is unclear if she will be sent to the Miss International competition next year as CNB usually selects a new Colombian queen every September of the year.

More on this on the following new articles from El Universal and El Tiemo:



Mister Gay World Philippines

The Mister Gay World Philippines | Mister Fahrenheit competition selects the annual representative of the Philippines to the Mister Gay World pageant.
Since the international pageant’s inception in 2009, the Philippines only failed to join just once in 2018.

Our mission is to look for the best Filipino representative to compete for the Mister Gay World pageant every year that will carry the Mister Gay World Philippines Organization’s platform which are Mental Health Wellness/and HIV/AIDS/PreP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) Awareness.
Our vision is to be taken as a serious entity as global influence towards its mission to provide information and programs under the law for the LGBTQ+ community, and to work hand and hand with various organizations and institutions that share the same causes for an effective delivery of its message.

2009 – Wilbert Ting Tolentino
2010 – David Bosley, semifinalist at Mister Gay World
2011 – Marc Earnest Biala, semifinalist at Mister Gay World
2012 – Carlito Rosadino Jr., semifinalist at Mister Gay World
2013 – Erimar Ortiga, semifinalist at Mister Gay World
2014 – Randolph Val Palma, semifinalist at Mister Gay World
2015 – Nomer Yuzon
2016 – Christian Lacsamana, 2nd Runner Up at Mister Gay World
2017 – John Raspado,  Mister Gay World
2018 – no local competition held, appointed to compete was Gleeco Magpoc
2019 – John Jeffrey Carlos, Mister Gay World
2020 – Lenard Kodie Macayan (competition date still not known)

Endeavor: Facts, Figures and Financial Woes

The Miss Universe pageant’s parent company, Endeavor (formerly known as WME|IMG) is in a financial quandary.
Here’s how to make sense of all of these financial woes…

COMPANY NAME: Endeavor Group Holdings, formerly known as William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME or WME-IMG)
– Endeavor also leads a group which owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship and owns the Miss Universe pageant. It is headed by CEO Ari Emanuel and executive chairman Patrick Whitesell.
INDUSTRY: Entertainment Industry (talent management, live entertainment, sports, etc…)
– William Morris Agency was founded in New York in 1898.
– The Endeavor Talent Agency was launched in 1995.
– WMA and the Endeavor Talent Agency announced that they were forming William Morris Endeavor in 2009.
– WME and Silver Lake announced the acquisition of IMG for $2.4 billion in 2013.
– WME-IMG reorganized in October 2017 with the parent company being renamed from WME-IMG to Endeavor.
PRIMARY HEADQUARTERS: 9601 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210, United States
OWNERSHIP STATUS: Privately Held (backing)
FINANCING STATUS: Private Equity-Backed
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: estimated between 5,000 to 10,000

NOTES ON FINANCES: Endeavor’s revenue was $3.61 billion in 2018 with a net income of $100.1 million after adjustments. Recent filings as of 2018-2019, the company is saddled with $4.6 billion of long-term debt, with total liabilities of $7.2 billion and $830.9 million in cash assets.

In December 18, 2013, WME announced the acquisition of IMG for $2.4 billion. The following years to come between 2015 to 2016, the company acquired several sports-related companies and events like the Professional Bull Riders, Ultimate Fighting Championship, as well as literary agency Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett and the Miss Universe pageant.

May 24, 2019 – Endeavor Group files for IPO (Initial Public Offering). An initial public offering (IPO) refers to the process of offering shares of a private corporation to the public in a new stock issuance.

September 26, 2019 – Endeavor cancelled its planned IPO that was set for September 27. The cancellation was due to weak IPO demand.

March 25, 2020 – the company laid off around 250 staff as the sports and film industries continue to be on shut down amid the global spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

April 2020 – S&P Global Inc. dropped its credit ratings for WME|IMG and Endeavor.
– Endeavor is cutting, furloughing, or slashing the pay of one-third of its approximately 7,500 employees
– The pay reductions will proportionately increase according to base salary, from 5% to 30%.
– CEO Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, Endeavor’s executive chairman, are to give up the remainder of their 2020 salaries. 

April 27, 2020 – Endeavor decided to cut about one-third of its staff.

May 7, 2020 – WME announced that it would lay off or furlough roughly 20% of its work force.

May 11, 2020 – Moody’s Investors Service Inc. downgraded its outlook for Beverly Hills-based WME IMG Holdings to negative from stable, and lowered the company’s credit rating.

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IN HUGE DEBTS! Endeavor currently has an astonishing $4.6 billion in long-term debts and overall liabilities totaling $7.2 billion. And selling their assets is possibly one of the things they can do to pay creditors. Question is, will they sell the Miss Universe pageant? Your thoughts? What their debt means and how it may affect the Miss Universe pageant is on the link in bio! . . . . . . . #SashesAndScripts #UltimatePageantBlog #pageantblogger #pageantblog #Mikimoto #MikimotoCrown #MissUniverse #ConfidentlyBeautiful #MissUniverso #Endeavor #IMGWME #IMG #WME #piawurtzbach #catrionagray #paulinavega #zozibinitunzi #irismittenaere #gabrielaisler #demileighnelpeters

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IMG|WME in Financial Trouble, Miss Universe Pageant Survival in Question
How Much is the Miss Universe Pageant Worth?


Miss Universe Franchise Holders: Out with the Old, In with the New

Find a bigger business partner, remove the franchise from old partner, give the franchise to the new business partner, then front a former Miss Universe pageant girl for the new national pageant organization. Or look out for the local financier of the MU pageant, negotiate a 5-year franchise deal, then remove the franchise from the old partner to the new one…

That seems to be the current modus operandi of the Miss Universe pageant in finding new business partners to hold national franchises for the MU pageant.

NOTE: some of the points enumerated here maybe based on rumors alone, reader discretion is advised… 

Do you think money is the major factor in the transfer of these franchises? Do you think this will end here or will there be another casualty in the next few months?
Join in the discussions below…

Our Favorite Binibining Pilipinas International Winners

The Binibining Pilipinas International is now the highest title in the most prestigious and longest running national pageant in the Philippines.

Since Nenita ‘Nini’ Ramos was first fielded by the BBP pageant to the Japanese-owned pageant, the Philippines managed to win 5 MI titles under the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI). As a pageant fan since the 1990’s we’ve some to love a number of our Filipina reps in this Tokyo-based competition.

Below are Sashes&Scripts’ favorite Binibining Pilipinas International titleholders:

  1. Yedda Marie Mendoza Kittilstvedt, Bb. Pilipinas International 1996 – highest on our list is this 5’9″ stunner from Cebu. A niece of former Binibining Pilipinas Universe Pilar Pilapil, Yedda could have been best sent to Miss Universe that year. Although her top 15 placement in Miss International that year is well-merited. Now a public servant, Yedda remains to be one of the prettiest ladies the Philippines ever sent to the MI pageant.
  2. Gladys Andre Dueñas, Bb. Pilipinas International 1995 – during her year, Gladys would have been better sent in Miss Universe, Reham Snow Tago in MI and Joanne Santos in MW. She was smart, gorgeous and articulate, not to mention a seasoned model under Pitoy Moreno. Her unique Pinay features and well proportioned 5’7″ frame would have been a hit in Namibia. It was no surprise that only Gladys placed among her BBP batchmates as she made it among the semifinalists in Tokyo.
  3. Precious Lara Quigaman, Miss International 2005 – at 5’6″ tall, she was the shortest among all Filipina MI winners. Her well proportioned body made her look exceptionally tall and her sincere delivery of her speech made her stand out in Japan. She was the most successful winner in her BBP batch and was the sole Alpha pageant winner during the 2000’s from the Philippines.
  4. Jessie Alice Dixson, Bb. Pilipinas International 1986 – those who grew up with her in ‘Okay Ka Fairy Ko’ and ‘Dyesebel’, would have fallen in love with Alice. Her showbiz career eclipsed her pageant beginnings. Alice was a mere teenager when she won in Binibining Pilipinas and managed a respectable semifinalist finish in Miss International 1986.
  5. Kylie Verzosa, Miss International 2016 –  hers was a speech that is considered the modern-day gold standard in MI speeches. The 5’8″ preschool teacher from Baguio is the frontrunner in the 2016 BBP pageant. In fact Kylie was our personal favorite to win the Miss Universe Philippines title that year. She would have easily made top 3 in MU although her winning MI was perhaps the greater reward.

Who are your favorite Binibining Pilipinas International winners? Let us know on the comment section below…

Filipina Representatives in Miss Earth

Youngest among the four biggest international pageant, the Miss Earth competition is dominated by Filipina representatives in terms of placements and wins.

The selection of Filipina representatives to the Miss Earth competitions is carried out by the Carousel productions. Established in 2001, the winner was originally named as “Miss Philippines” (2001-2003) before being renamed Miss Philippines Earth to avoid confusion with the Binibining Pilipinas (which is literally translated into Miss Philippines).

The beauty pageant whose cause is to promote environmental preservation, is dominated by the Philippine candidates, only missing the semis 3 times in its almost 2 decade history. Meet the ladies below…

2001      Carlene Aguilar, Top 10
2002      April Perez, Top 10
2003      Laura Dunlap, Top 10
2004      Tamera Szijarto, Top 8
2005      Genebelle Raagas, Top 16
2006      Catherine Untalan, Miss Earth-Water
2007      Jeanne Harn
2008      Karla Henry, Miss Earth 2008
2009      Sandra Ines Seifert, Miss Earth-Air

2010      Psyche Resus
2011      Athena Imperial, Miss Earth-Water
2012      Stephany Stefanowitz, Miss Earth-Air
2013      Angelee delos Reyes, Top 8
2014      Jamie Herrell, Miss Earth 2014
2015      Angelia Gabrena Ong, Miss Earth 2015
2016      Imelda Schweighart
2017      Karen Ibasco, Miss Earth 2017
2018      Celeste Cortesi, Top 8
2019      Janelle Tee, Top 20

Below is an infographic of the Filipina winners and placers in Miss Earth.

Aurora Pijuan, Miss International 1970

May 16th 1970 will always be remembered as the day that the Philippines won its second Miss International with Aurora McKenney Pijuan. The 5’8” Filipina-American lass from Bacolod bested 46 other candidate for the title.

Au-au was born November 11, 1949, and was only 20 years old when she won the crown on May 16th. Measuring 35-25-36 ½ the tall brunette was a frontrunner in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. Back then it was deemed that no country could ever win a back-to-back victory in the Miss Universe pageant, especially with the reigning queen Gloria Diaz from the Philippines. So it was then paved to make way for Aurora in Miss International that year while Simonette delos Reyes was sent to the Miss Universe pageant. Au-au competed in Osaka and her win made the Philippines become the first country to win the MI title twice. During the Miss International competition, Aurora wore a pink mini-dress with flared pants underneath, a bold fashion statement where gown are the de rigeour outfits.

Aurora in her Terno with other candidates in their national attire…
Competing in the swimsuit round…
A bold fashion statement: a minidress paired with trousers…

At her homecoming parade, Au-au wore a red terno to match the red velvet cap of the Mikimoto crown. In that time, the Miss International Organization allowed the Mikimoto crown to travel with its winner. Back then, the pearl encrusted crown was valued at $70,000. Among the six MI winners of the Philippines only Aurora Pijuan, Precious Lara Quigaman and and Bea Rose Santiago were able to wear the original MI crown for their parade. Gemma cruz wore a hat for her parade. Melanie Marquez wore her gold and pearl encrusted MI Mikimoto tiara while being accompanied by her full MI court in her homecoming parade, the only Filipina to ever do so. Kylie Verzosa wore a replica of the Miss International crown during her homecoming parades (one on Cubao and the other in Baguio).

After Aurora’s reign, she became a sought after model and product endorser. She also had a few films to her credit.
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Filipina Representatives in Miss International

Six crowns, 4 runner up positions and 23 finalists and semifinal placements: that is how the Philippines has performed in the Miss International pageant.

Among the four biggest international pageants currently in existence, the Tokyo-based Miss International pageant is the pageant that the Philippines has been most successful. Currently, the country ranks second with the most number of wins with 6 titleholders, trailing behind Venezuela’s 8 crowns.

SIDE-NOTE: we have been meaning to do this blogpost for the longest time but never got along to finishing it. 
What took us so long? 
Well we find it close to impossible to find a decent photo of Miss International 1964 Gemma Cruz in a swimsuit. Gemma hoped during the competition in Long Beach that her swimsuit photos wouldn't reach the Philippines away from her conservative family. In a way it did came true as it is so difficult to look online for a high-def pic of hers in her blue Catalina swimsuit.


Here are the 60 ladies that wore the Philippine sash in the 60 years of the Miss International pageant…

1960       Edita Vital, Top 15
1961       Pilar Arciaga
1962       Cynthia Ugalde
1963       Monina Yllana, Top 15
1964      Gemma Teresa Cruz, Miss International
1965       Isabelle Santos
1967       Margarita Romualdez
1968       Nenita Ramos, Top 15
1969       Margaret Rose Montinola, Top 15

1970      Aurora Pijuan, Miss International
1971       Evelyn Camus, 2nd Runner-up
1972       Yolanda Dominguez, 2nd Runner-up & Best in National Costume
1973       Maria Elena Ojeda, 4th Runner-up
1974       Erlynne Bernardez
1975       Jaye Murphy, Top 15
1976       Maria Dolores Ascalon, Top 15 & Best in National Costume
1977       Maria Cristina Alberto
1978       Luz Policarpio
1979      Mimilanie Marquez, Miss International & Best in National Costume

1980       Diana Jeanne Christine Chiong, Top 12
1981       Alice Veronica Sacasas, Top 15
1982       Maria Adela Lisa Manibog
1983       Flor Eden Pastrana
1984       Maria Bella Villa Nachor
1985       Sabrina Simonette Marie Artadi
1986       Jessie Alice Dixson, Top 15
1987       Maria Lourdes Enriquez
1988       Maria Anthea Robles
1989       Lilia Eloisa Andanar, Miss Friendship

1990       Jennifer Perez Pingree
1991       Maria Patricia Betita, Top 15
1992       Jo-Anne Timothea Alivio
1993       Sheela Mae Santarin
1994       Alma Concepcion, Top 15 & Miss Friendship
1995       Gladys Andre Dueñas, Top 15
1996       Yedda Marie Kittilstved, Top 15
1997       Susan Jane Ritter, Top 15
1998       Colette Centeno Glazer, Top 15
1999       Georgina Anne Sandico

2000       Joanna Maria Peñaloza
2001       Maricarl Tolosa
2002       Kristine Alzar
2003       Jhezarie Javier
2004       Margaret-Ann Bayot, Top 15
2005       Precious Lara Quigaman, Miss International
2006       Denille Lou Valmonte
2007       Nadia Lee Cien Shami
2008       Patricia Isabel Fernandez, Top 12
2009       Melody Adelheid Gersbach, Top 15

2010       Krista Eileen Kleiner, Top 15 & Miss Expressive
2011       Dianne Elaine Necio, Top 15 & Miss Internet 
2012       Nicole Cassandra Schmitz, Top 15
2013       Bea Rose Santiago, Miss International 2013
2014       Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti
2015      Janicel Lubina, Top 10 & Best Dresser awardee
2016      Kylie Verzosa, Miss International 2016
2017       Maria Angelica de Leon
2018       Ahtisa Manalo, 1st Runner Up
2019       Bea Patricia Magtanong, Top 8

Below is an infographic of the Filipinas who were successful in the Miss International pageant. Go ahead and share this to everyone…

These are the Philippine representatives who placed in the Miss International pageant…

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Is The Philippines Winning Too Much, Too Often?

In the past 10 years, the Philippines have scored at least a dozen major international pageant titles. It is for that same reason that it attracts both the good and the bad kind of attention…

Factoring only the 4 biggest international pageants alone, the Philippines have only missed making semis 6 times over a period of 10 years. That’s an 85% batting average (34 out of a 40 possible placements) for our reps to make semis.


From the years 2010 to 2019, the Philippines have raked over 16 international titles:

4 Miss Tourism International wins – 2012, 2013, 2017 & 2019
3 Miss Earth wins – 2014, 2015 &2017
2 Miss International wins – 2013 & 2016
2 Miss Universe wins – 2015 & 2018
1 Miss World win – 2013
1 Miss Supranational win – 2013
1 Miss Intercontinental win – 2018
1 Miss Asia Pacific International win – 2018
1 Miss Globe win – 2015
1 Reina HispanoAmericana win – 2017
1 Miss United Continents win – 2017
1 Miss Eco-International win – 2018
1 Miss Multinational win – 2018

1 Manhunt International win – 2012
1 Mister International win – 2014
1 Man of the Year win – 2016
2 Mister Gay World wins – 2017 & 2019
1 Mister Universal Ambassador win – 2018
1 Mister Model Worldwide win – 2018
1 Mister Universe Tourism win – 2018
1 Mister Tourism and Culture Universe – 2019

And those do not include the various new international competitions won, 20+ runner-up wins, and numerous semi-finalist positions earned over the past decade.

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While this level of success is a reason to celebrate for Filipino pageant fans, it has its own set of negative effects. It surely has become a magnet of both praise and inflammatory comments from different corners of the world. Has the Philippines been winning too often that it attracts envy from other countries?

They say that people won’t throw stones unto a tree without fruit, so it probably means that the Philippines is full of it that there are cases where it feels like it’s us versus the world most of the times.

Social media warfare is not an uncommon occurrence during the international pageant season. During the months leading to the peak of October to December, social media is inundated by warring factions from different countries. Pageant administrators and fans have been a strong defense (and in a number of occasions, a strong offense) against trolls, haters and online bullies. And more than that, they are the marketing machinery behind our success in pageants as they could make anyone trend on social media through various platforms (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter).

Let us also be clear that our side isn’t without fault or is always innocent. We are as equally guilty of the same dirty tactics as other online haters do. The only difference is that Filipinos are far more social media savvy than other pageant fandom.

Why do we attract so much online hate? Sashes&Scripts have a couple of theories.

  1. Social Media Noise – with the Philippines ranking highest in social media usage in the world, it is no surprise that the content our pageant pages generate gets so much mileage. This is the reason why foreign pageant pages just love to generate click-bait posts for Filipinos to look and engage into. They post anything on our queens and we’re likely to comment, like or share… On the flipside, we also create great content on social that generates such a buzz it’s like a fodder for any social media algorithm.
  2. Filipino Pride – on the other side, Filipinos do have a tendency to brag about our achievements in pageantry. In fact a de facto argument stopper with any pageant troll is our inclination to compare number of wins versus the other fans – effective, but rubs others’ pride badly. And we tend to shove it down their throats until our hands are so far down that we can handshake our other hand out of their other orifice.

Now take those two and mash them up and you’ll see why we get so much heat from other pageant fandoms.

However, why shouldn’t we be proud of what our Filipina queens achieved in the international arena? Why should we not celebrate them when they bring home a victory?

Each of the Philippines’ victory, big or small, is recognition of the sacrifice that our representatives undergo. The bigger the risk and sacrifice, the higher should be the rewards. And giving our candidates the nod that they did great – whether it ends with a crown or not – is just rightfully so for the things that they have to deal in the process of the competition. It is just about right for the pressure that we burden them when they wear the sash that says “Philippines”. They bear our weighted expectations and we lift them back in times they need our support. That seems to be a fair trade.

In summary, Filipinos should take their victories and be proud of them. There is nothing noble in shrinking ourselves just so not to offend others’ fragile egos. We may yet have to learn how to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat – but we should not be ashamed of the hard-earned and hard-fought wins we have achieved in pageantry.

Tell us what are your thoughts on this topic. Are we winning too much and too often?


Evangeline Pascual: First Filipina Miss World We Never Had

Miss Republic of the Philippines 1973 Evangeline Pascual, is the first Filipina Miss World that the Philippines never had.

The former beauty queen-turned actress, public speaker, model, painter and former radio anchor Evangeline Louise Ancheta Pascual could have been the first Filipina Miss World in 1973.

At a young age of 16, the 5’11” lass from Orani, Bataan is the 8th Philippine entry at the MW pageant held which was at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England in 1973. Evangeline and USA’s Marjorie Wallace were tied for the top spot at the coronation and a re-vote was made wherein an American judge, Gregory Peck tilt the decision in favor of Miss USA. Evangeline was eventually proclaimed 1st Runner-up.

The new Miss World was later on stripped of her title 104 day since her victory. Marjorie Wallace was fired due to her much publicized scandalous affair with a very much married man, popular Welsh singer Tom Jones, while still being engaged to another man, Formula One driver Peter Revson.

Miss World organizers arrived in Manila to offer the duties and responsibilities left by the winner to Evangeline but without the title and the crown. By then she was already an upcoming movie actress and a most sought after model so she refused for personal and professional reasons. She was already signed with several film contracts that she could no longer back out of.

The crown was then offered to the 2nd runner-up that year, Patricia Teresa Yuen Leung of Jamaica. Patsy Yuen accepted the offer to complete the Miss World duties without being officially crowned as Miss World.

IMHO it was an injustice to ask anyone to complete the reign of a winner without acknowledging her as the new queen. Evangeline should have been instated as the new Miss World that year…
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Successful Binibining Pilipinas Repeaters

The longest running and most prestigious pageant in the Philippines is the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. It is the reason why most Filipina beauty queen wannabe wants to join and win the national tilt, even as to join more than once.

But not every Binibining Pilipinas is as lucky enough as following ladies who returned to compete and clinched a runner up placement or even a title on their next try.

NOTE: this is a lengthy read. So please have the patience to go through all the names of the ladies who are in the list.


If ladies flock to join and re-join the BBP pageant year in and year out, then the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI) must be doing something right. There are over 20 BBP repeaters who would later win a crown in the pageant. Continue reading “Successful Binibining Pilipinas Repeaters”