The Philippines is ranked 4th in terms of number of wins in Miss Universe with four (4), 2nd only in Miss International even with six (6) and a tie for 18th-37th places with so many other countries in Miss World with one (1) each. Outside the homegrown Miss Earth where Filipinas are comfortably leading the way with four (4) victories, it is in the Malaysia-based Miss Tourism International competition where we are lording it over with five (5) titleholders since it started only during the mid-1990s. The reigning titleholder herself is Mutya Pilipinas 2019 Cyrille Payumo who saved the country from a complete shutout in international wins from recognized pageants last year.
To the eyes of some, MTI may only be a second-tier international beauty event. But with its relative consistency of mounting the finals year after year, good Tourism thrust and a reputable organization headed by Tan Sri Datu Danny Ooi, it deserves due respect from the global pageant community.
I wanted so much to share videos of all five ladies, but I could no longer find one with Maria Esperanza Manzano from 2000. Below are the late Rizzini Alexis Gomez, Angeli Dione Gomez, Jannie Alipo-on and Cyrille Payumo.
Happy Easter, dear readers!