Tokyo, Japan – First, the good news: Bea Rose Santiago has won yet another beauty pageant crown for the Philippines. She bagged the 2013 Miss International Pageant title last night in Tokyo. The bad news: the ban on the Philippines from participating in international beauty pageants for the next two years has been re-imposed!
Earlier, The Adobo Chronicles reported that the Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH) had disqualified the Philippines from international beauty pageants because of the extraordinary performance of its candidates this year: winning the crowns for Miss World and Miss Supranational, 3rd runner-up in Miss Universe, and consistent top 5 finish in most other beauty contests. Then, it reversed the ban after a disappointing finish for the Philippines’ bet in the Miss Earth pageant.
With Santiago’s victory, the Philippines has set another record of winning not one or two, but three major beauty titles in one year. Only two other countries have won the crown for all the major international beauty pageants – Brazil and Venezuela.
In re-imposing the ban, the ABPFH admitted that it spoke too soon when it lifted the Philippines’ earlier disqualification. “We should have waited for the results of Miss International 2013,” the association said.