We were quite lucky in international beauty pageants last 2013. Most, if not all, of our representatives proved to the world that Gandang Pinay is truly world-class!
Who'd forget our joy when Megan Young became the first-ever Filipina to win the Miss World title? Or when Mutya Datul brought home some good news from Belarus when she was hailed as Miss Supranational 2013 last September? Ariella Arida almost came close to also winning the Miss Universe 2013 crown, but her 3rd Runner-up finish was still quite an awesome feat.
Then, just before the year ended, two beauty queens made it to the headlines. We’re talking about newly-minted Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago and Miss Tourism International 2013-2014 Angeli Dione Gomez!
Ms. International 2013 Bea Santiago (left) and Ms. Tourism International Angeli Gomez
These ladies' victories also bestowed upon the Philippines a couple of records: Megan's triumph made the Philippines only the third country and the only Asian nation to have won all Big Four pageants (Ms. Universe, Miss World, Miss International, and Miss Earth), while Bea and Angeli's twin wins earned us the distinction of becoming one of only three countries to win three major beauty pageants in one year. Hakot lang eh!
But since Bea's and Angeli’s respective victories were clouded with the havoc brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda, they didn’t get the same buzz they deserve.
Well, until now! Today, we pay tribute to these women for making the Philippines proud! Learn more about these fine ladies on the next page!