NOY'S WISH FOR BEA ROSE SANTIAGO COMES TRUE

President Aquino does not consider himself the lucky charm of 2013 Miss International Bea Rose Santiago. “Do I consider myself a lucky charm? It would be too presumptuous of me to say I’m a lucky charm to anybody. If some people consider me a lucky charm, thank you,” the President said. Aquino met Santiago during his visit to Japan last week. He wished her luck, and asked the Filipino community in Japan to support her quest for the title in the 2013 Miss International beauty pageant in Tokyo.

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Binibining Pilipinas Bea Rose Santiago was crowned 2013 Miss International in the beauty pageant held in Tokyo Tuesday night. The Masbate-born international model bested 66 other contestants in the competition’s 53rd edition, held at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall in Tokyo. In September, two Filipino beauties won honors for the country: Mutya Datul in the Miss Supranational contest in Belarus and Megan Young in the Miss World pageant in Indonesia. The Philippines has been most successful in the Miss International beauty pageant in the major international competitions, winning five times.
Santiago’s victory came eight years after Precious Lara Quigaman scored the Philippines’ fourth victory in the Miss International pageant. Three other Filipino women had won the crown: Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970) and Melanie Marquez (1979).


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Aquino’s wish for Bea Rose Santiago comes true


WINNING FORM Bb. Pilipinas Bea Rose Santiago appears on stage during the 2013 Miss International pageant in Tokyo on Tuesday. AFP

MANILA, DECEMBER 23, 2013 (INQUIRER) By Michael Lim Ubac -President Aquino does not consider himself the lucky charm of 2013 Miss International Bea Rose Santiago.

“Do I consider myself a lucky charm? It would be too presumptuous of me to say I’m a lucky charm to anybody. If some people consider me a lucky charm, thank you,” the President said.

Aquino met Santiago during his visit to Japan last week. He wished her luck, and asked the Filipino community in Japan to support her quest for the title in the 2013 Miss International beauty pageant in Tokyo.

Selfie with Aquino



Santiago posed for a selfie with the President. The picture went viral online before Tuesday’s pageant.

“[I hope] I will [have] the same experience … I had in Bali, Indonesia,” the President said, recalling that he was in Bali a week after Bb. Pilipinas Megan Young was crowned Miss World there.

“Megan won before I arrived in Bali. I think the contest was over and … people were greeting me, ‘From Philippines, Miss World! Miss World!’ (So I responded), ‘Thank you,’” Aquino said.

In a speech in Malacañang following the grant of an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certification to the Department of Health, Aquino referred to Santiago’s victory and to other good news amid the national concerns that, he noted, came one after another.

News of Santiago’s victory reached Aquino while he was having dinner in Malacañang with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday.

“We’re having dinner with Secretary Kerry when the news reached us,” he said, noting that everyone at the table was happy to hear it.

Heckler

“When I came home—let me just share this with you—someone sent me a text message … (from someone) named ‘Heckler’ something. So, the text goes, ‘There’s a lot of beautiful women in the Philippines,’” Aquino said.

He said he liked the text message, except that it was followed by another text message from the anonymous text sender, which read, “So, P-Noy, you have no more reason (not to have a girlfriend).”

“So in the end, it’s my fault?” Aquino said, drawing laughter from his audience.

Intimidation

Aquino said he didn’t mind being heckled about his being single, as most of the time he was busy with his job.

Santiago is the Philippines’ fifth Miss International. She was crowned in a pageant marred by allegations of intimidation that kept her predecessor away.

Break with pageant custom

In a break with pageant custom, Santiago was crowned by Spain’s 2008 Miss International Alejandra Andreu of Spain and not by 2012 Miss International Ikumi Yoshimatsu of Japan, who stayed away from the glitzy show.

“I really wanted to meet her,” Santiago said. “It was very unfortunate because I really wanted to meet last year’s winner also.”

Yoshimatsu told foreign journalists this week in Tokyo that she had been asked by organizers to stay away from the final.

She said that since winning, she had faced a running battle to maintain her independence from the management agencies that formed the backbone of Japan’s entertainment industry.

Yoshimatsu said a senior executive at one agency had been in touch with her on many occasions. After she had repeatedly rebuffed him, he telephoned the main sponsor of the Miss International competition, she said.

‘Keep quiet’

As a result, the Miss International office in Tokyo began “instructing me, to ‘play sick,’ ‘keep quiet’ and not to attend the world final pageant here in Tokyo … to pass on my crown to my successor,” she said.

The organizer of the beauty pageant, Tokyo-based International Culture Association, did not return calls made by Agence France-Presse.

A local tabloid magazine has reported the executive of the management agency denying he was carrying out any campaign of harassment, saying that he was involved in a separate dispute with Yoshimatsu’s agent over money.—With a report from AFP

Filipino beauty is 2013 Miss International By Armin P. Adina Philippine Daily Inquirer 8:55 pm | Tuesday, December 17th, 2013


Five winners of the Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant visited the INQUIRER.net offices earlier this year. Two of them shown in this video eventually went on to win the international pageants they participated in—Bea Rose Santiago as Miss International and Mutya Johanna Datul as Miss Supranational. Ariella Arida won as 3rd runner up in the Miss Universe pageant. Another Filipina, Megan Young, won the Miss World crown. VIDEO by INQUIRER.net

Binibining Pilipinas Bea Rose Santiago was crowned 2013 Miss International in the beauty pageant held in Tokyo Tuesday night.

The Masbate-born international model bested 66 other contestants in the competition’s 53rd edition, held at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall in Tokyo.

In September, two Filipino beauties won honors for the country: Mutya Datul in the Miss Supranational contest in Belarus and Megan Young in the Miss World pageant in Indonesia.

The Philippines has been most successful in the Miss International beauty pageant in the major international competitions, winning five times.

Santiago’s victory came eight years after Precious Lara Quigaman scored the Philippines’ fourth victory in the Miss International pageant. Three other Filipino women had won the crown: Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970) and Melanie Marquez (1979).

On the eve of the pageant, Santiago posted on her Twitter account (@bearose21): “Lord bless me! Give me confidence and strength for tomorrow. I want to give a Merry Christmas to the Philippines.”

During the final round of the competition, where the five finalists delivered their messages, Santiago said that if she became the next Miss International, she would “uphold international camaraderie and international sympathy. I will continue the message of hope. Whatever calamity may come to us, as long as we have each other, there will be hope.”

In her victory speech, Santiago thanked Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) chair Stella Marquez Araneta, the first Miss International winner, for training her.

Other winners

Nathalie den Dekker of the Netherlands placed second, while Miss Friendship Casey Radley of New Zealand finished third in the Tokyo pageant.

Miss Colombia Lorena Hermida and Miss Hungary Brigitta Otvos were the other two finalists.

Santiago earned the right to represent the country in the global tilt when she won the Bb. Pilipinas-International crown in the 50th edition of the Binibing Pilipinas pageant in April. There, she was also proclaimed Bb. Avon.

Hirofumi Hashimoto, president of the International Cultural Association of Japan, which organizes the Miss International pageant, was one of the judges in the national contest. He also assisted in awarding Santiago her local title.

That competition also produced Datul, 2013 Miss Universe third runner-up Ariella Arida, and 2013 Miss Tourism Queen International semifinalist Cindy Miranda.

Mutya contest

Santiago’s first foray into the local beauty pageant scene was in the 2011 Mutya ng Pilipinas contest, where she represented the Filipino community of Canada. She was proclaimed 2011 Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Communities.|

As an international ramp model, Santiago was a stranger in the pageant circuit. Beauty-queen maker and renowned fashion designer Renee Salud plucked her out of the fashion industry and encouraged her to give beauty tilts a shot.

Salud, who also discovered and mentored Marquez, said Santiago’s modeling background gave her an advantage in the Miss International the pageant.

“She’s already adept on the ramp, just like Melanie. You know what, she’s my second Melanie Marquez,” Salud told the Inquirer in a phone interview.

“I’m very happy because like Mutya Datul, Bea also came from Mutya ng Pilipinas, and the ladies who came from Mutya have been winning international competitions, like Koreen Medina who recently placed fourth in the 2013 Miss Intercontinental competition,” Salud said.

The fashion designer said Santiago tried to please everybody and never intended to cause any ill feelings from others.

“She always exerted effort to meet me, she never forgets,” Salud said.

For typhoon victims

Before she left for the competition, Santiago said she would offer her quest for the title to the survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

She told the Inquirer that when she met some teachers who came from the areas devastated by the typhoon, she felt thrilled to bring them happiness with just her presence.

“They were smiling when they saw us. And a simple hug brought them joy. It just gave more sense to my fight for the Miss International crown. I’m going to get that crown for them, for all Filipinos, to give them a reason to be happy even if the situation they are in right now seems bleak,” she said.

Santiago is expected to return to the Philippines next week, after a series of commitments with the organizers in Japan.


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