Miss International 2013 1st runner up is The Netherland’s Nathalie den Dekker, 2nd runner up is New Zealand’s Casey Radley. Rounding out the Top 5 were Colombia’s Cindy Aguilar and Hungary’s Brigitta Otvos.
Special awards were: Miss Aruba (Miss National Costume), Miss New Zealand (Miss Friendship), Miss Macau (Miss Internet) and Miss Lithuania (Miss Photogenic).
The Philippines now have five Miss International winners, in 1964, 1970 (Gemma Cruz-Araneta), 1979 (Melanie Marquez), 2005 (Lara Quigaman), and this year (2013).
The Philippines is on a winning streak this year. It has placed in all the Top 5 beauty pageants in the world. It won it’s first ever Miss World (Megan Young), first Miss Supranational (Mutya Datul), 3rd runner-up in Miss Universe 2013 (Ariella Arida), and Top 8 (Angelee Delos Reyes) in Miss Earth.
I just hope we also excel in world-class sports (Tennis, Golf, Olympics), infrastructures and the ECONOMY (poverty-alleviation).
On another note, not to rain on her parade, Bea Rose Santiago’s win is being associated by others with the owner of Miss International Org. serving as a judge in the Bb. Pilipinas pageant and who reportedly picked Bea Rose Santiago to win Bb. Pilipinas-International 2013.