In celebration of the 55th year f the Binibining Pilipinas pageant, I thought that it would be interesting to bring together all of the Bb. Pilipinas titleholders who went on to win international titles. Wouldn’t it be a marvelous reunion of sorts for past and present international winners if they were to be gathered into one stage?
So far, under the management of BPCI, a total of 15 international titles have been collected. Here is a list of the crowns that the BPCI has accumulated throughout the years…
* Joanne Santos, Miss Tourism International 1997 (Macau version) – after placing 16th in Miss Universe 1995, Joanne was appointed to compete in the Miss Tourism International pageant based in Macau.
* Michelle Reyes, Miss Tourism International 2001 (Turkish version) and Miss Tourism World 2002 – she was Bb. Pilipinas 1st runner up in 2001 and is the only BBP winner to win 2 consecutive international titles.
* Maricar Balagtas, Miss Globe International 2001 – ironically, the runners up of Bb. Pilipinas 2001 were the ones that brought home international crowns. Later in 2004 Maricar would then become Bb. Pilipinas Universe.
* Kristine Reyes Alzar, Miss Tourism International 2002 – she was crowned Bb. Pilipinas International that same year but she got to compete in two international contests.
* Noela Mae Evangelista, Queen of Tourism International 2003 – Noella was 2nd runner up in 2003 but was selected to compete in Mexico City. She was the last Binibini to wear the famous ‘Miriam Quiambao gown’.
* Mutya Johanna Datul, Miss Supranational 2013 – the first to be officially crown Bb. Pilipinas Supranational.
* Ann Lorraine Colis, Miss Globe 2015 – the first to be crowned Bb. Pilipinas Globe.
* Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969
* Aurora Pijuan, Miss International 1970
* Margarita Moran, Miss Universe 1973
* Melanie Marquez, Miss International 1979
* Precious Lara Quigaman, Miss International 2005
* Bea Rose Santiago, Miss International 2013
* Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015
* Kylie Verzosa, Miss International 2016
Without a doubt, this list is expected to grow more in the coming years. While this is nothing compared to the impressive list won by Miss Venezuela’s Osmel Sousa, it does give us a glimpse of how far BPCI has come through the years. With the Philippines currently at a pageant Renaissance, I am expecting at least a couple more titles would be added to the list before the turn of the decade…
If there was another title that I would love to have again, 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
So far we have 6 titles under our belt. This is the most number of wins for any Asian country. (Click here to see which are the countries with the most number of wins)
At the Miss International pageant, the country has 31 placements with 6 winners (1964 • 1970 • 1979 • 2005 • 2013 • 2016) and 3 runner up finishes. Gemma Teresa Guerrero Cruz – the first Filipina and Asian winner of the Miss international title. Her lineage was that of heroes and scholars as her paternal great-grandmother was Doña Maria Mercado, the sister of the Philippines’ national hero, José Rizal. Her mother is writer and journalist Carmen Guerrero Nakpil. She donated the US$10,000 prize money she won as Miss International to Manila Boys Town and Girls Home, a home for indigent and out of school youth in 1964. Aurora McKenney Pijuan – Her victory in 1970 made the Philippines as the first country to win the title twice. It was said that since no two countries could win the Miss Universe title in two successive years, she was strategically placed in Miss International to win us our first MI crown under the BPCI management. Melanie Marquez – one of the tallest Binibining Pilipinas winners in its history, standing at 5’11” tall. She was the youngest winner of Miss International in history at the age of 15 when she competed in the Miss International 1979. In 1985 Melanie became the Face of the 80s winner in New York, USA. And in 1986, was the First Runner-up in the Supermodel competition.
Precious Lara Quigaman – is the fourth Filipino to have won the crown in 2005. Before moving to Bahrain, she studied for a semester at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. In England, she attended South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, originally called Filton College where she studied Media Production and Communication. Bea Rose Santiago – the 5’9″ beauty moved to Canada when she was only 15 years old, where she studied Communications at York University and became a model under Elite Model Management. She bested 66 other candidates for the MI crown. Kylie Verzosa – her reign has been very productive and is perhaps one of the most traveled Miss International winners in recent years. Kylie is an advocate of mental health, depression, and suicide awareness. And she also volunteered for the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, which aims to educate people about depression and suicide. She later on created Mental Health Matters, an online support group which aims to give emotional support to people who are experiencing depression, anxiety disorder, and other forms of mental illnesses.
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.
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.
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?