Multiple Alpha Pageant wins in a Single Year

Did you know that every decade since the 1950’s there is at least one country that has won two of the Alpha pageants in the same year? And did you know that only 7 countries has managed to achieve that remarkable feat? If you are curious as to which countries has managed to achieve that feat, then look no further as we list them out for you…

France, 1953 – Miss Universe Christiane Martel & Miss World Denise Perrier, the country to first achieve this enviable feat. 
Brazil, 1968 – Miss Universe Martha Vasconcellos & Miss International Maria da Glória Carvalho

Australia, 1972 – Miss Universe Kerry Anne Wells & Miss World Belinda Green
Venezuela, 1981 – Miss Universe Irene Saez & Miss World Pilin Leon

India, 1994 – Miss Universe Sushmita Sen & Miss World Aiswarya Rai
India, 2000 – Miss Universe Lara Dutta & Miss World Priyanka Chopra

Ecuador, 2011 – Miss Earth Olga Alava & Miss International Fernanda Cornejo
Venezuela, 2013 – Miss Universe Gabriela Isler & Miss Earth Alyz Henrich

Philippines, 2013 – Miss International Bea Rose Santiago & Miss World Megan Young 
Philippines, 2015 – Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach & Miss Earth Angelia Ong
Among these countries that has achieved this feat, only three countries are able to do it twice: Venezuela, India and the Philippines. It is no wonder that these countries are among the pageant powerhouses there is. 

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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 2016! 
* 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

Miss Universe and Philanthropy

One of the biggest criticisms that the Miss Universe gets is that its charity/ philanthropic arm isn’t as wide or as strong as that of its other international counterparts. Today we list down a few Miss Universe winners that have been doing their part in special charities and advocacies that is close to them. Meet 7 Miss Universe Winners that Matter…
 
Wendy Fitzwilliam, Miss Universe 1998 – after her reign, she pursued and continued her law studies and passed the bar exams. She was also involved in the Trinidad Guardian’s Guardian in Education: Making a Difference project, a series of motivational school tours that aims to promote the development of her country’s diversity. She was also appointed the Red Cross Ambassador of Youth for the Caribbean.
Mpule Kwelagobe, Miss Universe 1999 –  has been recognized and honored as a human health rights activist in her country, especially for her fight against HIV/AIDS. For which she was honored with the Jonathan Mann Health Human Rights Award by the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC). She advocates for youth and women to have greater access to sexual reproductive education and services.

Michelle McLean, Miss Universe 1992 – founded the Michelle McLean Children’s Trust in Namibia, which focuses on the education and care of under-privileged children.  The Trust built a primary school in her name and provides education for 900 children. She was presented with The Life Time Achievement Award for her philanthropy work by the Miss Universe organization in 1998. 
Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013 – launched the Universe of Blessings Fund, where she is also CEO, which seeks to empower young women and girls and decrease the rates of adolescent pregnancy and maternal mortality, issues which are especially problematic in her native Venezuela. Deeply concerned about the victims of human trafficking and its devastating impact on young women, Gabriela is an ambassador for the Scalabrini International Migration Network.

Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011 –  involved in raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and the discrimination that people with the disease experience. As Miss Universe she used her title to champion HIV/AIDS prevention and works with organizations such as YouthAIDS/PSI, Latino Commission on AIDS, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, among others. She was also named Drylands Ambassador by the United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in an effort to combat land degradation – an issue that affects not only her country but the entire continent of Africa.
Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015 – is an HIV/AIDS awareness advocate who was named a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacificafter her reign. She been actively involved in humanitarian affairs, speaking out against cyberbullying and supporting people living with HIV, as well as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.
Jennifer Hawkins, Miss Universe 2004 -she has donated not only her time but also auction items to many Australian charities including Sydney Cancer Foundation, The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Canteen and Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as being a patron for HCRF (Hunter Children’s Research Foundation). She also has worked to raise awareness for heart disease she also participated in the Red Dress campaign. On 6 January 2010, Hawkins appeared naked  on the February cover of Marie Claire Australia magazine to support the Butterfly Foundation and encourage positive attitudes to body image.

There are several countless other winners who have lent a hand to their favorite charities and other advocacies that we haven’t listed here. Almost all of the recent MU winners of the psat 20 or so years have lent time and effort to the HIV-AIDS advocacy of the pageant, as well as women empowerment and child education initiatives. Which only goes to show that the Miss Universe organization and its winners are truly living up to being confidently beautiful with a heart… 

Sashes&Scripts Special Feature: A Spotlight on HIV-AIDS Advocacy

Pia Wurtzbach, Bianca Guidotti, Katarina Rodriguez, Sam Ajdani, Reniel Villareal, Rick Kristopher Palencia, Willan Pagayon, Kevin Balot and even now Catriona Gray have spoken in awareness of the growing HIV-AIDS epidemic that is now gripping the country. 

Here is what we should know about this epidemic:
1. The Philippines has become the country with the fastest growing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic in the Asia Pacific region
2. The Philippines recorded a 140% increase in the number of new infections… At the end of 2016, there were 10,500 Filipinos infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) up from 4,300 in 2010.
3. The Philippines has become one of the eight countries accounting for more than 90 percent of new HIV infections in Asia and the Pacific. The number of new infections in the country, however, is not as high as several countries in the region which have tens of thousands of new infections every year.
4. In 2016, 83 percent of new HIV cases occurred among males who have sex with males (MSM) and transgender women who have sex with males (TGW). Majority of these infections were reported among 15- to 24-year-old MSM and TGW.

5. Only 35% of MSM and TGW aged 15 to 24 had correct knowledge on HIV transmission and prevention. Two out of three new HIV infections were among 15 to 24 year-old men, who she said have insufficient awareness of HIV, its symptoms and treatment.
6. In May 2017 alone saw 1,098 new cases of HIV infections in the Philippines, the highest recorded number of cases since 1984 when infections were first reported.
7. Most of the men had their first sexual encounter at 16 years old and only get tested for HIV eight years later.
8. The Department of Health is now providing free antiretroviral medicine to anyone who tests positive for HIV and other out-patient services to a maximum of P30,000 per person annually. The DOH has three HIV treatment hubs in Metro Manila—Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, San Lazaro Hospital and Makati Medical Center.

Photo from Philippine Star…

Those who are 90’s babies are quite familiar with the HIV-AIDS epidemic that gripped the world in the 1970’s to the mid-90’s. This was quite a huge deal for the LGBT community back then as it further ostracized the gay community. It is just sad that despite advancement in communications and technology, the fight still lingers on with HIV-AIDS gaining an upper-hand.

This is why there is a need for this post, a need for beauty queens  and pageant fans to spread awareness of how this disease is a huge risk to Filipinos, specially to the LGBT community. It is timely, it is relevant (as Pia Wurtzbach said back in Miss Universe 2015), even more so now that the Philippines seems to be at the eye of the storm. The Filipino pageant community should help to their part, not just our beauty queens to spread awareness.
Below are some of the available links for HIV-AIDS awareness and support in the Philippines:
www.aidsphil.org/
* http://www.loveyourself.ph
* http://www.theredwhistle.com/
* http://pafpi.org/
* http://theredwhistle.com/
* https://www.facebook.com/pg/bchangenow/about/
Don’t be another statistic in the HIV epidemic. Protect yourselves and your partner, be in the know, get tested, spread the word… 


SOURCES:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-aids-philippines/philippines-has-highest-hiv-infection-growth-rate-in-asia-pacific-u-n-idUSKBN1AH3CW
* http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/08/01/1723570/report-philippines-has-fastest-growing-hiv-epidemic-asia-pacific

Filipina Beauty Queens: Pageant Success due to Pure Filipinas or Halfies?

There had been a number of criticisms that the only reason why the Philippines is doing well in pageants is because it only sends half-Filipina beauties to compete… Today’s post is about addressing that criticism as merely an oversimplification of a complex situation.

Since 2010 (which marked the start of the new Golden Era of Philippine pageantry), we have sent 28 lovely ladies to 4 of the biggest international pageant competitions. Of course we had to limit the number to only the Alpha pageants since including all pageants would turn out to be too mind-numbing a number. What most people don’t realize is that out of that 28 girls 19 of them are full-blooded Filipinas while the other half are a mix of Filipino with other nationalities. Not to mention that 3 out of the six international winners are full blooded Filipinas…meaning that the mix is equally split. Angelia Ong, Bea Rose Santiago and Kylie Verzosa are on one side, while Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Young and Jamie Herrell are halfies… That is a split even mix of both groups.

Then we have the common knowledge that the Filipinos are very open-minded and welcoming to inter-racial marriages. This means that a number of the pageant girls may have come from families with foreign blood in them. This actually stems from two scenarios: 1) is the Filipino diaspora to the four corners of the world and 2) the colonization of the Philippines by no less than three countries. It is estimated that 2.4 million Filipinos are working overseas, and the possibility of marrying into other races is a likely scenario. In its history, the Philippines has been colonized by a country from Europe (Spain), the Americas (the United States) and Northeast Asia (Japan). Not to mention that pre-colonial Philippine history also mentioned migration of peoples from the Austronesian regions (Indo-Ph-Malaysia) and even from Taiwan. This gives enough enlightenment on how diverse the population is in terms of race. This would perhaps give rise to the notion that the country is a melting pot of sorts.

One of the most beautiful pure blooded Filipinas (certainly in my opinion) we have sent to any international pageant is Ariella Arida. And yet she represents a diverse image of what a beautiful full-blooded Filipina is. Her looks are different from that of Janine Tugonon’s or Maxine Medina or Hillarie Parungao or Janicel Lubina. In fact, some of these girls could easily pass off as mixed beauties… Maxine can pass of as a Japanese-Filipina, Ariella could look like she has Middle-Eastern blood, Shamcey Supsup looks like she has Latina blood. So there is no real one singular look to what a pure Pinay should have to look like. It is as diverse as the 7,107 islands of the country or the 80+ ethno-linguistic groups that populate the archipelago.
Another point that is often neglected in this debate is that the Philippines rarely send unprepared candidates. Thanks largely to national directors, pageant trainors, coaches, managers, etc… Pinay reps are usually fully equipped when they face international competition. Pageant training is rigorous in the country. Pageant girls here are mentally prepared when they compete, not just physical preparedness. They train like they are competing for an Olympic sport.

This is why the argument that Filipinas do well in pageants when we send halfies, and it fact it is moot point. 28 different women represented the country in Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss World since 2010. And each of them represent a different look, a different kind of steel nerves and determination. Yet all these girls have done well in representing the country in international pageants… whether they won or not. 

Pia Wurtzbach on Another Metro Mag Cover


Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is on another magazine cover this month of July. We have the outtakes of her shoot for the magazine…



Check out @silent_totoro’s Instagram video on the BTS of the shoot…

Who will join Their Ranks This Year?


Miss World 2013, Megan Young
Miss International 2013, Bea Rose Santiago
Miss Earth 2014,  Jamie Herrell
Miss Earth 2015,  Angelia Gabrena Ong
Miss Universe 2015,  Pia Wurtzbach
Miss International 2016,  Kylie Verzosa