The Winning Streak for the Philippines Continues!

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?

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Kylie Verzosa: A Life After Miss International

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!

Kylie and Mariel: Two Filipinas in Miss International 2017


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…

Kylie Verzosa: Redefined What A Miss International Winner Is

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.

Multiple Consecutive Victories in Alpha Pageants

Did you know that Venezuela and the Philippines are record -breaking countries in terms of multiple consecutive wins in Alpha pageants? What countries have managed to win major international titles (among the four Alpha pageants) in at least 2 consecutive years?

Well you don’t need to Google them as we already did that for you. Meet the highly enviable countries that have managed to score multiple win in Miss Earth, Miss International, Miss World and Miss Universe consecutively…
Sweden – 1951 Miss World Kiki Hakonsson & 1952 Miss World May Louise Flodin, they scored the first back to back wins in Miss World… which occurred two more times in the pageant’s history. 
Netherlands (Holland) – 1961 Miss International Stanny Van Baer & 1962 Miss World Catharina Lodders (who met her eventual husband Chubby Checkers in Manila, Philippines).

United Kingdom – 1964 Miss World Ann Sidney and 1965 Miss World Lesley Langley, they were the second back to back win in the pageant
United States of America (USA) – 1973 Miss World Marjorie Wallace and 1974 Miss International Brucene Smith.
India – 1999 Miss World Yukta Mookhey, 2000 Miss World Priyanka Chopra and 2000 Miss Universe Lara Dutta

Venezuela – this country has produced winners at consecutively three times all in three different decades! The pageant superpower has managed to secure 10 wins on those occasions.
* 1984 Miss World Astrid Carolina Herrera, 1985 Miss International Nina Sicilia and 1986 Miss Universe Barbara Palacios Teyde
* 1995 Miss World Jacqueline Aguilera, 1996 Miss Universe Alicia Machado and 1997 Miss International Consuelo Adler
* 2008 Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza & 2009 Miss Universe Stefania Hernandez (the first and only MU back to back so far in the pageant’s history), 2010 Miss International Elizabeth Mosquera and 2011 Miss World Ivian Sarcos

Philippines – has the record-breaking longest winning streak in the Alpha pageants from 2013 to 2017! 
* 2013 Miss International Bea Rose Santiago and 2013 Miss World Megan Young
* 2014 Miss Earth Jamie Herrell
* 2015 Miss Earth Angelia Ong and 2015 Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
* 2016 Miss International Kylie Verzosa
* 2017 Miss Earth Karen Ibasco
EDIT: November 11, 8:15am
After the victory of Karen Ibasco at Miss Earth, the Philippines has the longest winning streak with wins in 5 consecutive years.

#FunArt – The 2016 Alpha Pageant Winners

This feature is on the four women who won the biggest titles of 2016. This would be the last time I will be doing a #funart feature on them as the international pageant season is almost upon us.

Miss Earth 2016 – Katherine Espin
Miss International 2016 – Kylie Verzosa
Miss Universe – Iris Mittenaere
Miss World – Stephanie del Valle
For those that have followed their journey, who do you think had the most memorable reign?

Miss International 2016, Kylie Verzosa in Myanmar

Miss International 2016, Kylie Verzosa is a busy bee these days. Aside from her regular appearances in promoting her Mental Health Awareness advocacy, she is also busy with other travels, endorsements and shoots these days.

She has recently been seen in the covers of at least two major Philippine fashion magazines: Metro Weddings and Mega Magazine where she shared the spotlight with Megan Young and Pia Wurtzbach. Two months prior, she was also seen with the two at the Philippine Independence Day parade in New York City. She traveled to Myanmar as well where she met up and gave tips for the Miss Myanmar International candidates. While there she also visited the Shewdagon Pagoda wearing the traditional dress of Myanmar.