If there was another title that I would love to have this year, it would be the Miss International title. The reason for this is simply because I wanted the Philippines to equalize the lead with Venezuela with the most number of wins in the Japan-based pageant
It’s currently Metro Manila Film Festival at the theaters and we see two beauty queens jump into the big screens: Miss International Kylie Verzosa and Binibining Pilipinas International Mariel de Leon…
The two beauty queens-turned-actresses can be seen at the Coco Martin starrer Ang Panday. Kylie is now signed under Viva Entertainment, so we should be expecting to see more of her on TV and the big screen. She recently had a hand on reporting as TV Patrol’s Star Patroller. Not to mention as a host of MMFF’s Gabi ng Parangal. Expect big things to come for Mariel as well as she can leverage her singing talent into a career. Both Miss International alums, both facially gorgeous, both making a plash into the showbiz industry. Can’t wait to see how their careers would lift off!
Here is a short video of the outtakes on the shoot…
Once in 2016, the Philippines held three of the four Alpha pageant titles even if it was just for a very brief moment.
Today’s #ThrowbackThursdays, I wanted to take a look back at that moment in 2016. From October 27th until the evening of October 29th, the Philippines held the Miss International 2016 title courtesy of Kylie Verzosa with the then reigning Miss Miss Earth Angelia Gabrena Ong(before Katherine Espin of Ecuador was crowned Miss Earth 2016) and Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. Mireia Lalaguna hasn’t passed her title yet at that time.
Would we ever have this moment again in the future?
After the dust has settled and all the major pageants has finished, we can now say that the Philippines continues its winning streak in the 4 most relevant pageants in the world. Since 2013, the Philippines has been winning one crown after another in Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth (arranged according to date of establishment).
Every year since 2013, we have been winning one title after another.
2013 – Miss International Bea Rose Santiago & Miss World Megan Young
2014 – Miss Earth Jamie Herrell
2015 – Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach & Miss Earth Angelia Gabrena Ong
2016 – Miss International Kylie Verzosa
2017 – Miss Earth Karen Ibasco
The latest addition to the list is Miss Earth Karen Ibasco who allowed the Philippines its 7th Alpha pageant win in 5 consecutive years. The medical physicist wowed the judges with her gift of gab and earning the 4th Miss Earth title for the country. She brought in a sandwich victory after Angelia Ong’s back-to-back win with Jamie Herrell.
With 7 wins in 5 years, will we be seeing another Filipina winner come 2018?
Outgoing Miss International Kylie Verzosa has something to be proud of after completing her reign. The Filipina beauty has made the most out of her reign travelling to almost 10 countries and promoting her mental health advocacy.
But wait, there is more. Kylie has now begun plans as an entrepreneur to focus on after her reign. Below is a snippet of her post on Facebook several days ago: “Some people have asked me what my plans are after my reign as Miss International. I have a long list and I am conquering each item one step at a time! Other than traveling, modeling and my product endorsements, I will continue to work on establishing my Mental Health Foundation that not only reaches out to those in the Philippines but also to people who need help worldwide. I am also proud to inform you that I have started my gig as an entrepreneur. I started PropertyAccess.co with my partners and we will have our first conference on 17 – 18 November at Basement 1, Bellesalle, Roppongi. We will be with our real estate developers from the Philippines, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia,Cambodia and Laos. Our main goal is to connect the real estate industry between Japan and the rest of Asia.” Here’s to wishing Kylie success in her new venture and more wonderful things in her future!
The 2017 Miss International pageant is already underway and we are seeing reigning Miss International Kylie Verzosa being in the thick of the pageant activities. Binibining Pilipinas International, Mariel de Leon is also in the spotlight for her tough job of a back-to-back win. The Filipino-Japanese Journal has recently released several videos on their Instagram account on their interview with the two beauty queens. Check out the videos from @filipinojapanesejournal below:
Needless to say that Mariel is out for a tough challenge ahead but with a mindset of wanting to do her best, she could be able to win over the judges in the competition. And with Kylie to show her the ropes and giving her advice, Mariel is surely going to be in great company…
I can’t believe that it is almost time for another Miss International winner to be crowned. It only seems like just a month ago we saw Kylie Verzosa get crowned as winner. And yet in that amount of time, Kylie has redefined a new kind of Miss International. Prior to her time, most MI winners only get to travel Japan and visit places unique to the Land of the Samurais and Geishas. Not with Kylie. She has traveled to around 10 countries as Miss International, the most number of countries visited by any recent winner of the title. She has been to Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, Brazil, Paraguay, Belgium and France among her travels. She has been to more countries than 5 of her past predecessors as the reigning winner. She not only promoted the the pageant’s visibility to the rest of the world but also did more in terms of her advocacy. We all know that her biggest achievement as a winner is her Mental Health advocacy. From the time she won Binibining Pilipinas International, she tried her best to shed light to depression and mental health awareness. She created the Mental Health Matters by Kylie Verzosa Facebook page and a Facebook group where people suffering can share their stories and be in the company of those that understand their plight. She has made countless public appearances for her advocacy as well. Below is a recent guesting on CNN Philippines’ The Source…
I have previously mentioned that Filipina beauty queens are far from the usual mold of pageant girls. They make something of the crown that is placed on their heads. They create lasting value and Kylie is no different. Her reign might come to a close come November, but her lasting impression will linger on.