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, Philippines—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.


“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.


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

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  • dontblockme

    kaya dinadatnan ng napakaraming kalamidad ang pilipinas mahilig
    pala sa beauty pageants ang pangulo.. yun na! pak!

    • Kris Martelle

      Ang mga beauty pageants/contests ay may mga noble & worthy purposes and objectives, causes and advocacies/projects na talagang nakakatulong sa sangkatauhan at sa mundo through their beauty queens…


    • Kris Martelle

      Anong kinalaman ni P-Noy at ng mga beauty & brains competitions sa mga kalamidad?

      Calamities/disasters are the works of the mysterious forces of Nature! They are beyond our human control. There are many events, questions in Life that we cannot just fathom and answer. Life can be full of uncertainties (a sudden, unexpected intensity 9 deadly earthquake! powerful tsunamis! a super typhoon causing great flash floods & landslides! etc.).

      LIFE in this world / planet is a MYSTERY to be lived…

  • maninoy

    No way for Pnoy. Her mother is Sen. Santiago…..just kidding.

  • I_kabod


  • Stuubs

    Great ! pinays winning beauty contests because Pnoy was their lucky charm? hehehe! this could be the joke of the day, I thought it was because they got both beauty and brain…not like his sister Kris who’s sl_tty and bane! hehehe!

  • joni_depp

    Nakakasawa na yung mga balita na nagpapakunwaring interesado sa babae si PNoy. Matandang bading naman yang panot na ‘yan.

  • FireEngine

    Finally, we have found something that Boy Sissy can accomplish – making beauty queens win in pageants! Who would have thought that this useless slobbering bald headed POS would be good at anything!

    Well done Boy Sissy, well done indeed!

    Stupid government.

    • Kris Martelle

      Hey, what is POS?

      You guys are presidential critics! If you don’t like him, at least, give him the due RESPECT he deserves as he is the elected (by the MAJORITY which means MOST Filipinos like him that’s why they voted for him) & the proclaimed president of our country!

      • FireEngine

        “Hey, what is POS?”

        Google can answer that for you quite candidly.

        “If you don’t like him, at least, give him the due respect as he is the elected (by the majority) & the proclaimed president of our country!”

        Not a chance! I have ALL the respect for the Office of the President of the Philippines and I have specific expectations of the person occupying it. The President should defend the constitution, must serve ALL its citizens, and AT LEAST carry out the duties of the office to the best of their ability and with the clearest intentions. I have problems with the carrying out of duties. The President for all intents and purposes is the chief PUBLIC SERVANT. He is NOT A KING. Respect? He should respect the office as much as I do, not make a mockery of it by doing whatever it is he is doing. Boy Sissy by being Boy Sissy is doing me, a taxpayer and ALL the other citizens of the Philippines (whom he IRONICALLY calls his BOSS) much DISRESPECT.

      • FireEngine

        @pecky (because your post is passively aggressively difficult to respond to….)

        “FireEngine: You need to see a doctor to control your anger. It appears as if you have been abused terribly by anybody by the way your vent your frustration towards other people except yourself.”

        Why should I want to vent my frustration towards myself? Is this EVEN possible?

        “You are angry and vindictive to people your hardly know.”

        Oh, I KNOW Boy Sissy! IN FACT, I will be thinking about him when I pay my next electric bill!

        “Why don’t you meditate and maybe all the s*it that’s been haunting you from all the bullying and abuses you have encountered will set your free.”

        Now, I have heard that the TRUTH will set you free but poopsies (s*it) is a freedom fighter I have yet to encounter!

        You are like a fire engine that s*it like no end.”

        Difficult to find a clever simile for Fire Engine, no? Thanks for trying though. LOL!

  • kidlot

    Lucky Charm??? WHEEEEEEE

  • akramgolteb

    Tongressman & senatong material na naman itong si Bea. Pwede na rin sa mayor.

  • Pitbulldog

    Lahat na lang ng issue pinapatulan. Bobo……

  • Kris Martelle

    Congratulations to the newly crowned MISS INTERNATIONAL 2013 BEA ROSE SANTIAGO! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Pilipino! Now the Philippines already have complete winners in the Miss Universe, Earth, World, Globe, International contests, etc.

    Now it’s about time for the Philippines to capture too the global / world crowns & titles in the MRS. CATEGORY (the MISS counterparts) namely: MRS. UNIVERSE, MRS. EARTH, MRS. WORLD, MRS. GLOBE, and MRS. INTERNATIONAL competitions.

    It’s also interesting to know these married, mature beauty queens as they are already much accomplished in their lives (in personal, career, family matters, etc.).

    So far, for the record, in 2009, the Philippines had the Mrs. Universe 2nd Runner-up Placer, Camilla Kim-Galvez (highlight, right click & google search her name), and in 2010, the remarkable win of Engr. Muriel Moral-Pandi of the first-ever-awarded ‘Intelligence Title’ in the Universe, the Mrs. Universe-Intelligence (highlight, right click & google search her name).

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