MARIVELES, Bataan: Relatives and townmates in Mariveles, Bataan, of Riza Santos on Wednesday expressed elation over the Canadian-born Filipina winning the Miss Universe title in Canada.
“We are elated and really proud of Riza,” said first cousin Ruth Buenaventura, 48, of Barangay Malaya, an upland village in Mariveles, Bataan. She said she learned of her cousin’s feat through a post of Riza’s younger brother on Facebook.
The beauty queen is one of the three children of Ruel Santos of Bulacan and the former Isabelita Dinah Buenaventura of Mariveles, who migrated to Calgary, Canada.
Ruth was personal assistant of Riza during the latter’s stint in the television show Pinoy Big Brother.
She said her cousin used to tell her of her dream of being Miss Universe someday. ERNIE B. ESCONDE