Back in 2001, the Philippines won (the Istanbul-based) Miss Globe International courtesy of Maricar Balagtas. It was our first title bearing that full name, and not to be confused with the Miss Globe 2015 victory of Ann Colis this week in Toronto. The latter has headquarters in Tirana, Albania.
While both pageants have been founded by Charlie See, they are being organized by two different (and continuously-existing) groups – RCA Global Entertainment Co. for Miss Globe International and Deliart Association for the younger Pageant, The Miss Globe.
Back to Maricar, the Miss Globe International title she won (and for which she was sent to after placing 2nd Runner-Up during Bb. Pilipinas 2001) served as the preparation of sorts for her eventual participation in Miss Universe 2004 held in Quito, Ecuador which came as a result of being crowned Bb. Pilipinas Universe that same year.
Watch the video clip of her interview on TV (with then younger host Gretchen Barretto) shortly after coming home a winner from Istanbul, Turkey.
courtesy of sushmiorka