Miss International Queen 2013 Marcelo Ohio after being crowned by last year's winner Kevin Balot (R) of the Philippines.
Images from Marcelo's victory
Marcelo Ohio (L) of Brazil reacts after being announced winner. 1st Runner-Up Shantell D'Marco of the USA stands to her right.
South America takes the Miss International Queen crown for 2013.
Last night in Pattaya, Marcelo Ohio of Brazil ousted 24 other competitors to win Miss International Queen 2013 and take over the title from 2012′s Kevin Balot. The very poised and elegant Ohio was so gracious when she was announced winner after being one of two left standing with USA’s Shantell D’Marco (who placed 1st Runner-Up). Thailand placed 3rd.
The Philippines' Kristina Cassandra Ybarra made it to the Top 10.
Kristina Cassandra Ybarra was the only candidate from the Philippines who made it to the Top 10.
Images courtesy of Poi Subijano.
When Kevin Balot won Miss International Queen 2012, the Filipino gay community was not the only group that celebrated the victory. The whole country heralded the achievement.
This year, will a back-to-back crown be achieved with the possible participation of Marianne Arguelles in Miss International Queen 2013? Not a far-fetched possibility. While the Thais may not give their whole-hearted support to another Philippine win so soon, you can never tell how the competition will unfold for the contenders. And I believe we will have strong delegates again this year.