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Filipina Beauty Shines Through Pageants


2016 is a great year for the Philippines and its beauty queens. Pia Wurtzbach opened the year being crowned Miss Universe for the year 2015. Recently, two Filipinas brought the crowns from their pageant competitions back with them as well.

Jeslyn Santos was hailed as Miss United Continents 2016 in Guayaquil, Ecuador at Palacio de Cristal. Her impressive Spanish speech really wowed the crowd made the event of receiving the crown on September 24, 2016 even more special. This international pageant has continuously been hosting the competition in Ecuador since 2006 and has been participated by representatives from all over the world.

We can't just owe her win to luck either as Jeslyn has had a bit of history with the pageant scene. A Broadcast Communications graduate from Bulacan, this 23-year old beauty queen has also joined the Binibining Pilipinas pageants in 2014 and 2016.

On October 27, 2016, another Filipina beauty took the crown from a prestigious 56th Miss International pageant held in Tokyo, Japan at Tokyo Dome City Hall. Kylie Verzosa, 24 years old, is a pre-school teacher who graduated with a bachelor's degree of Business Management from Ateneo de Manila University. In her recent interview on CNN, she admitted she had been dealing with depression which helped her decide to become a mental health advocate.

Her natural beauty and sophisticated look wowed not only her followers and the judges but everyone attending the pageant as well. She proves that through hard work and dedication despite adversity, one can really achieve their dreams.


This coming December 18, 2016, another beauty competition will take place. The Philippines' representative Catriona Gray, will compete for Miss World crown in Washington DC. The 22-year old Filipino-Australian beauty loves to cook and sing. She is also designing flower dresses and makes time to visit Tondo, for her advocacy called "Paraiso." Gray has been working with a foundation that gives children living at Smokey Mountain (a large landfill area located within Tondo, Manila) access to education regardless of their family's situation. Paraiso is a fundraising project that aims to raise and collect funds for the procurement and renovation of a building that will serve as a school for children age 3-5 years old, giving them a free learning environment which every Filipino child is entitled to.

Another beauty queen to look forward to is Maxine Medina, a predecessor of Pia Wurtzbach as Miss Philippines. She will compete for the crown this coming January 30, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines. Maxine graduated from the Philippine School of Interior Design and De La Salle - College of St. Benilde. As for filling the shoes of the reigning Miss Universe, she admitted she feels the pressure of winning the title for the country a year after Pia's shining moment.

All in all, Philippines has already had thirteen (13) international pageant winners out of 81 placements. All smart and beautiful women in their own right, pageant enthusiast throughout the country await to see if they have what it takes to earn having the prestigious crowns placed on their heads.


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