• Miss International title ‘humbling’ for Bea Rose

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    Newly-crowned Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago meets with fans and media in Cubao, Quezon City during a press conference. Santiago won the pageant last Dec. 17 at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo Japan. PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

    Newly-crowned Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago meets with fans and media in Cubao, Quezon City during a press conference. Santiago won the pageant last Dec. 17 at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo Japan. PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

    Miss International 2013 winner Bea Rose Santiago is “humbled and happy” that her wish to win a prestigious beauty pageant has been fulfilled.

    At her first major press conference since returning home from Tokyo, Santiago was greeted by other Filipino pageant contenders like Ariella Arida, who was third runner-up in this year’s Miss Universe competition, and Santiago’s mentor, Precious Lara Quigaman, who was Miss International in 2005.

    Santiago joined the “golden batch” of beauty queens as the Binibining Pilipinas pageant celebrated its 50th year.

    “It was hard for me to compete in the international pageant because all of them are so nice and sweet. I did not know how I was going to be competitive when the girls I was competing with were all so nice to me,” she said.

    This Christmas, the 5-foot-9 Santiago sees herself “without make up and eating lechon.” “I also plan to go to Mass this Christmas, even if it’s late, I will still try to go.”

    The 23-year-old also looks forward to experiencing firecrackers on New Year’s Eve. Pyrotechnics are banned in Canada.

    Santiago is from Masbate but her family migrated to Toronto, Canada when she was 16. She studied Communications, majored in Public Relations at York University.

    She became a model, the only Filipino to be signed by Elite Management in Canada.

    Quigaman, Arida and her other beauty contenders expected that she was going to win the international beauty title.

    “I’m really happy that Bea Rose won. I was telling her, when I met her I said she was going to win. She was so down-to-earth and humble, she even asked my blessing before she went to compete in Japan,” Quigaman said.

    “You have a strong positive energy. I told you so,” said Arida.

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    1. The Province of Masbate is blessed by the newly crowned International Beauty Pageant winner, even though she now lives in Canada with her parents. She made her old Province Masbate, in particular but the whole country in general known by winning the well contested pageant. Notice what she said; ” it is hard for me to compete with the other girls, because they were so nice to me.” beyond this thought reveals the sincerest love for others before self, with humility, and asking Quigaman for blessing before departing for Japan shows where her mind is, with God. I hope and pray that all Filipinos, accept these gifts with humility and credit to God for all of these, as we celebrate our Lord’s Birthday. Merry Christmas to all.