2010-2017 has been longest streak of the Philippines in terms of placements in Miss Universe.
It started off with 4 successive runner up placements with Venus, Shamcey, Janine and Ariella. Then came the Miss Universe win of Pia and culminated with the top 10 placement of Rachel. This is partly due to the support that the girls have received from the Binibining Pilipinas organization headed by Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta. 8 consecutive years of placements that is only seconded by the 4 successive placements of the Binibining Pilipinas Universe winners of 1972-75. SMA surely stands tall with how her ward has made the country proud.
2010 – Venus Raj, 4th runner up
2011 – Shamcey Supsup, 3rd runner up
2012 – Janine Tugonon, 1st runner up
2013 – Ariella Arida, 3rd runner up
2014 – Mary Jean Lastimosa, Top 10
2015 – Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe
2016 – Maxine Medina, Top 6
2017 – Rachel Peters, Top 10
Since covering the Miss Universe pageant in Doral, Miami, I have been conscientiously amassing electronic autographs of the winners on my tablet. I decided that instead of having actual photographs signed, I prefer the electronic ones having learned a lesson back in 1994 when I lost an autographed photo of Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen. That was a painful rookie mistake in my youth that I do not plan to repeat.
So far, I haven’t missed acquiring any of the MU winners’ signatures for my collection since I started covering the MU pageant.
Here are some interesting tidbits on these autographs: Pia’s signature was acquired almost after her reign, Paulina was the easiest to get an autograph from as I was able to get it during the press junket (together with that of MJ Lastimosa’s) and Demi was the most difficult to take due to the insane security at the Miss Universe in Planet Hollywood.
Hopefully I would get the next Miss Universe winner’s autograph without much difficulty…
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?
There is are two emerging trends in Miss Universe nowadays: 1st is that the past 4 winners are from four different continents, and 2nd is the long wait of each of the countries in their respective MU victories.
Miss Universe 2014 – Colombia, 56 year gap since its last win, from the Americas
Miss Universe 2015 – Philippines, 42 year gap since its last win, from Asia
Miss Universe 2016 – France, 63 year gap since its last win, from Europe
Miss Universe 2017 – South Africa, 39 year gap since its last win, from Africa
If this is the pattern, would it be safe to say that the next MU winner be coming from the Americas? Or would it skip the Americas and go to the Pacific or even the Caribbean? Could it finally be the time for Jamaica?Perhaps the crown may find itself on a country with a first time winner? We would have to wait with bated breathe until the next MU pageant comes along…
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?
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.
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.