Is President Benigno Aquino 3rd a lucky charm for Philippine contestants in beauty pageants?
On Tuesday night, Bea Rose Santiago won the Miss International pageant in Japan, a week after the President wished her good luck as he met with the Filipino community in Tokyo.
Last September, Megan Young won the Miss World title in Bali, Indonesia, where Aquino attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit last month.
On Wednesday, the President said he would be presumptuous to consider himself a lucky charm.
“Megan won before I arrived in Bali. I think the contest had finished already and people were greeting me na, ‘From Philippines, Ms. World, Ms. World,'” he said.
“Do I consider myself a lucky charm? Kapal naman ng mukha ko [kung]sasabihin ko I’m a lucky charm to anybody,” Aquino said.
2013 has turned out to be a banner for the Philippines in international beauty pageants.
Santiago’s Bb. Pilipinas 2013 batchmate Ariella Arida placed 3rdrunner up at the Miss Universe, and Johana Mutya Datul who won Miss Supranational.
Santiago’s win granted her wish to give Filipinos a Merry Christmas as she posted in her Twitter account before the pageant: “Lord bless me! Give me confidence and strength for tomorrow. I want to give a Merry Christmas to the Philippines.”
Filipinos took to Twitter to express delight and gratitude in her timely win.
Vice President Jejomar Binay was one of them. He said, “Bea’s victory gives us another reason to cheer and remain hopeful that better times lie ahead.”
Host and TV personality Biance Gonzalez said, “Oh wow!!!! Congratulations Bea Rose Santiago! Miss Philippines is #MissInternational2013.”
Her friend Arida also proudly shared, “Congrats to our #MissInternational2013 @Bearose21!! Proud of you”
Past beauty queens posted their congratulations. Miss International 2005 winner Lara Quigama-Alcaraz posted, “Thank you Bea! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! To God be the glory!”
From Janine Mari Tugonon, Miss Universe 2012 first runner up: “Congrats @bearose21!!! You just brought joy, honor and pride to the Filipinos. God bless your reign!!”
Santiago, 23, was born in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, and grew up in Cataingan, Masbate.
She moved to Toronto, Canada, with her family when she was 16.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE and EUDEN VALDEZ