Filipina winners at the Miss International

03 Jan 2021 | Ana Walia

The representatives of the Philippines have graced the stage at the 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 for the country. 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.