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The Philippines Earns Another Crown

posted 19 Dec 2013, 11:03 by Mpelembe   [ updated 19 Dec 2013, 11:04 ]


R Reports - A tearful and surprised Bea Rose Santiago is crowned Miss International - beating 66 other women in what is considered one of the "Big Four" of international beauty pageants.

Santiago, a fashion model from the Philippines, thanked those who came to help her nation after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the region.

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After winning, she dedicated her crown to her country.

Bea Rose Santiago, Miss International,

"This is for the Philippines. I love you Philippines. To my supporters, to my Mom, to Miss Araneta, the first Miss International who trained me, thank you so much. And to Japan. I love Tokyo. Thank you. Arigato-gozamasu ("Thank you" in Japanese)."

Santiago's win is the second Big Four crown for the Philippines this year after Megan Young wonMiss World in August.

She is also the fifth Filipina to win the title.