Filipina winners at Miss International

13 Jun 2023 | Priya Bhardwaj

The representatives of the Philippines have graced the stage at Miss International with utmost determination and confidence and have managed to impress the judges along with the audience present.  With their incredible performance and confidence, the representatives have won six crowns since the pageant began in 1960. Let’s look at the winners of Miss International crown from the Philippines - 

Gemma Cruz Miss International 1964

Gemma Cruz represented the Philippines at Miss International 1964 and became the first Filipino and Asian to win the title. Gemma is a Filipino politician, writer, director who donated the US$10,000 prize money she won at the competition to Manila Boys Town and Girls Home; a home for indigent and out of school youth in Marikina City. She also received an Outstanding Manileña" and a "Golden Heart" Presidential decoration from President Diosdado Macapagal.

Aurora Pijuan Miss International 1970

Aurora Pijuan represented the Philippines at Miss International 1970 and her win at the competition paved the Philippines to become the first country to win consecutively twice. The diva is currently an active member of the Gawad Kalinga movement in the rural areas of the Philippines. She was highly appreciated for her performance at Miss International 1970 stage. On being a beauty queen, Aurora said in a video interview during the Golden Anniversary of Binibining Pilipinas, “Leave a legacy in people’s hearts and be authentic and be real. You can’t be the same as the next beauty queen.”

Mimilanie Marquez Miss International 1979

Mimilanie Marquez represented the Philippines at Miss International 1979 and her win was a historic one because she was the youngest winner of Miss International in history as she was 15-years-old when she competed in the Miss International 1979 beauty pageant. After winning the crown, she evolved as a successful fashion and commercial model and was featured in the local and international magazine covers. She has played parts in action and dramatic films, including the title role in her own bio-picture. Later, she has become a TV host, film producer, and celebrity endorser. Mimilanie is a modelling and image-enhancement coach and has trained Miss World 1993 second runner-up Ruffa Gutierrez, Miss Universe Philippines 1994 Charlene Gonzales (Top 6); and Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up Miriam Quiambao. She has been a judge, coach, commentator, or host in beauty pageants, modelling contests, and talent-search competitions. Recently, she opened a modelling school for training models, beauty pageant contestants, and actors.


Filipina winners at the Miss International


Lara Quigaman Miss International 2005

Lara Quigaman represented the Philippines at Miss International 2005 and was the fourth representative from the Philippines to win the crown. She had participated at Binibining Pilipinas twice; in 2001 and 2005, where the latter eventually earned her the title of Miss International Philippines 2005. She is an actress and a writer who has a blog page where she shares everything about her life and god.

Bea Rose Santiago Miss International 2013

Bea Rose Santiago represented the Philippines at Miss International 2013 and is a Filipino-Canadian actress, model and a beauty queen who win the crown for the Philippines. Prior to winning the title of Miss International Philippines 2013, she was a Mutya ng Pilipinas 2011 titleholder who represented the Filipino Community in Canada. The diva dedicated her crown to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. During her reign as Miss International 2013, Bea travelled to Japan and Myanmar for charity work with the International Cultural Association. In August 2018, Santiago revealed she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease after experiencing "several migraines" and later she stated that she experienced kidney failure and began dialysis in Canada.

Kylie Verzosa Miss International 2016

Kyile Verzosa represented The Philippines at Miss International 2016 and became the sixth Filipino to win the crown for the country. She is a Filipino actress, model, along with being an advocate of mental health, depression, and suicide awareness. The diva volunteered for the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, which aims to educate people about depression and suicide. She later created Mental Health Matters, an online support group which aims to give emotional support to people who are experiencing depression, anxiety disorder, and other forms of mental illnesses. She was also a member of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines. She mentioned, “Three things come to mind when I think of Miss International: culture, education, and international understanding. If I become Miss International 2016, I will devote myself to cultural understanding and international understanding because I believe that it is by developing in each of us sensitivity to other cultures that we expand our horizons, tolerate difference, and appreciate diversity.” Kylie Verzosa co-manages the Philippine operations of the Japanese-funded real estate start-up Property Access.

Runners-up at Miss International from Philippines - 

1971 – Evelyn Camus, 2nd runner up

1972 – Yolanda ‘Yogie’ Dominguez, 2nd runner up

1973 – Elena Ojeda, 4th runner up

2018 – Ahtisa Manalo, 1st runner up


Evelyn Camus


Semi-finalists at Miss International from Philippines - 

1960 – Edita Vital

1963 – Monina Yllana

1968 – Nenita “Nini” Ramos

1969 – Margaret Rose “Binky” Montinola

1975 – Jaye Murphy

1976 – Dolores Ascalon

1980 – Diana Chiong

1981 – Alice Sacasas

1986 – Jessie Alice Dixson

1991 – Patricia Betita

1994 – Alma Concepcion


Bea Patricia Magtanong


1995 – Gladys Andre Dueñas

1996 – Yedda Marie Mendoza Kittilstvedt

1997 – Susan Jane Ritter

1998 – Colette Centeno Glazer

2004 – Margaret Ann Bayot

2008 – Patricia Fernandez

2009 – Melody Gersbach

2010 – Krista Kleiner

2011 – Dianne Necio

2012 – Nicole Schmitz

2015 – Janicel Lubina

2019 – Bea Patricia Magtanong