Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago with President Noynoy Aquino
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago in Malacanang Palace
Earlier today, Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago went to Malacanang Palace for a courtesy call with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. She was accompanied by Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta.
It will be recalled that this is already the second meeting between the two, with the first encounter happening in Japan when their schedules met during the audience with the Filipino Community of Japan.
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago with Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova/OPMB Worldwide)
Where is it?
People keep on asking why Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago is only wearing a tiara and not the big Mikimoto crown associated with the pageant.
Well, fret not.
The real thing could not be transported to Manila right away as papers needed to be processed properly due to the amount of the crown.
At any rate, it will be on top of her head once the homecoming parade gets underway during the long holiday break.
So now you know that the titleholders do not get the actual head adornment to themselves, but just a cute replica (replete with Mikimoto pearls but a lot fewer in quantity) that will stay with the winner until she decides to have it disassembled to make personal jewelries out of the precious gems (just like what Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez did with hers).
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago during the Presscon organized by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan
I know that most of you have seen the hour-long video below featuring Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago with 1st Runner-Up Nathalie den Dekker and 2nd Runner-Up Casey Radley as they face the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. I am formally featuring the same now just to let others see for themselves what an excellent Top 3 the Japanese organizers have assembled this year. Watch now.
courtesy of FCCJChannel
The then still-untitled Bea Rose Santiago enjoying Manukan Island in Malaysia.
Before Bea Rose Santiago became Bb. Pilipinas International 2013 and Miss International 2013, she was just your much-better-than-normal tall beautiful girl who enjoys taking out-of-town trips with her friends and relatives. In the video below, she was ‘accidentally’ filmed by her companions while in Malaysia’s Manukan Island (as part of their Kota Kinabalu sojourn last 2012) with the following description:
“… we went to manukan island malaysia and accidentally took a video out of all the pictures we took. amazing! were noobs with our new camera.”
courtesy of bearose21
Have you started wrapping your Christmas presents for loved ones?
Thankfully, I’m done with mine.
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago is back in Manila! (Photo credit: Noli Berioso/OPMB Worldwide)
The 1st Miss International Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta (right) and the 53rd Miss International Bea Rose Santiago (Photo credit: Noli Berioso/OPMB Worldwide)
Bea with KF's Rodgil Flores
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago has landed in Manila!
On hand to welcome her are BPCI Officials led by the very first Miss International Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta along with the Kagandahang Flores and media representatives who are just too eager to get a shot of our new queen.
A mini press conference was held as prelude to an even bigger one at Gateway before Christmas Day. Details on her homecoming parade will be announced soon.
Good to see you back, Queen Bea!
Our latest pride will be back home tonight
Home for the Holidays!
After having fulfilled all her initial commitments to the Japanese organizers, Miss International 2013 will be returning to the country tonight. While the arrival time will not allow an instant homecoming parade (which should be scheduled another day), I’m sure she will receive a warm welcome at the airport with media reps, fans and supporters in attendance. She will also be scheduled for a proper courtesy call with President Aquino before Christmas.
Welcome back (in advance), Bea Rose!
If only her coronation as Miss International 2013 took place at least a month earlier, Bea Rose Santiago would have made it to PeopleAsia Magazine’s list of People of the Year and shared the cover photo with Miss World 2013 Megan Young. That would be a sure hit and the December 2013 issue will sell like the proverbial hotcakes.
Alas, the 14th Anniversary Special had to be prepared in advance and any last-minute additions might have already been in place long before December 17.
But surely, the publishers can have Bea Rose on the cover in their next ish. By that time, however, other magazines will have already gained a headstart on them.
Precious on top, Bea Rose below.
For the past number of years, we have always looked up to Aces & Queens as the benchmark training camp for potential beauty queen-wannabes. And why not? Since they have proven themselves worthy of grooming Miss Universe-worthy ladies, it really can’t be helped. At any rate, we should not forget that a 2nd group has been lounging in its shadows all this time.
Records-wise, Kagandahang Flores can lay claim to having produced its first big win back in 2005 when Precious Lara Quigaman was crowned Miss International, compared to the former’s major victory in Miss World via Megan Young this year. And with Bea Rose Santiago capturing the country’s 5th Miss International title earlier this week, it only proves that we should also give the spotlight to Rodgil Flores and his team of experts.
While some of us may tag them as Miss International-dedicated, it is one association that was never aspired for. It’s something Bb. Pilipinas ‘conveniently placed’ on their laps, in the same way that Aces & Queens ‘gets assigned’ to Miss Universe year after year.
But hopefully, we will see a more level playing field in the eyes of Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta come 2014. And hopefully as well, I won’t need to automatically assume that the top title will always go to A&Q and the second-highest honor to KF based on past trends.
Kagandahang Flores (with Rodgil Flores 2nd from right) being interviewed on GMA-7's 'Unang Hirit'
I love both camps. At the end of the day, though, Bb. Pilipinas is and should ideally be fair game for all fielders.
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago of the Philippines
When it comes to beauty pageants, the real measure of success is in the number of crowns won. True, placements count. But since a runner-up or semifinal position is quickly forgotten, the only vivid memory left is the candidate who actually wears the sparkling head gear symbolic of a first-place finish.
In Miss International history, five years were dominated by the Philippines, only one less than the strong Venezuelans. And it is for this reason that Bea Rose Santiago’s victory last Tuesday night is not just a mere addition to the collection, but an indelible seal of approval in the continued success of Filipinas in the international pageant arena. She is the latest inductee to the illustrious group of Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979) and Precious Lara Quigaman (2005) and will go down memory lane as the lady who made the Christmas of 2013 merrier for the Philippines.
Truth be asked, what more can we ask for? This year has been a most spectacular period for all our beauty queens. We are basking in the glowing reputation of being not only an Asian powerhouse but a World force to reckon with in beauty competitions. Should we start upping the ante of expectations? Or is it better to get back to the drawing boards to see how longer we can sustain the momentum? Or before doing that, do we need to look first at how we can re-educate some Filipinos who bash their own representatives while competing instead of giving even some semblance of constructive support?
I say, let’s do it all. Now is not the time to rest on our laurels. Just like the five ladies above who defied odds to bring honor to the country, let us undertake to bring down all the barriers that could possibly spoil the missions of our 2014 representatives. That way, the Philippines will not only be tagged a land of beautiful people, but also a place where the pageant fans and supporters are united behind each of their own.
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago of the Philippines
It’s always a feel-good thing to watch and re-watch how our victorious beauty representative performed in her pageant assignment. The video below is a collection of Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago’s various turns during the finals that led to her win.
Set the video on HD for full viewing pleasure.
courtesy of Jo D’Mango