By Alex Y. Vergara
As a dual citizen, the new Miss International Bea Rose Santiago could have chosen to represent Canada in any of the leading global beauty pageants. Instead, the Metro Manila-born, Masbate-raised beauty queen chose to “fight” for the Philippines, in her words, “a country that would support me 1,000 percent.”
She may not have bagged for the Philippines its third Miss Universe crown in Moscow, but Ariella Arida will long be remembered by Filipinos as one of the beauty queens who defined 2013, a banner year for this beauty pageant-crazy country.
By Kristine Angeli Sabillo
On board a rose-themed float, Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago waved and smiled sweetly at supporters during her victory parade in Makati City Friday noon.
By Raoul J. Chee Kee
She was only 10 when Miriam Quiambao won first runner-up in the 1999 Miss Universe pageant, but Ariella Arida remembers the day very distinctly. Until then, her childhood had been quite normal, filled with familial duties and school activities.
By Armin P. Adina
Binibining Pilipinas Bea Rose Santiago was crowned 2013 Miss International in the beauty pageant held in Tokyo Tuesday night.
Bea Rose Santiago, the country’s representative to the 53rd Miss International pageant, made it to the Top 5 finalists in the on-going coronation ceremony being held in Tokyo, Japan Tuesday night.
Bea Rose Santiago, the country’s representative to the 53rdMiss International pageant, made it to the Top 15 finalists in the on-going coronation ceremony being held in Tokyo, Japan Tuesday night.
Gut FeelBy Minyong Ordoñez
My first images of Filipina beauty unfolded from the pages of my mother’s album, with pictures of Manila Carnival queens during the ’20s and ’30s. I was 7 years old, and I lingered on the pages showing the pictures of beauteous Miss Philippines; Miss Maria Katigbak of Batangas was the kayumanggi, Miss Pacita de los Reyes was fair-complexioned and mestisahin. Both were dressed like a queen and wore a bejeweled crown on their heads.
Newly crowned Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, took up her duties in Moscow on Sunday, twirling in a jewel-studded swimming costume valued at $1 million.
By Paul Albert Palmero
On shoot day, Binibining Pilipinas first runner-up Pia Wurtzbach arrived first, wearing a black mini-dress with a sweetheart neckline.
Inside OutBy Cory Quirino
Call it destiny. Or fate. Perhaps the stars were harmoniously aligned to favor a victory. Attribute it to her natural beauty, to a strong will and perfect discipline. But more importantly, look into her heart. This is what truly guided her toward triumph.