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By Bernie Cortes-Kimmerle and Jack Campano

Spring is in the air…freshness and beauty abound.  So much so that there are several events coming up such as the long-awaited yearly Queen Lola Beauty Pageant sponsored by Fil-Am Insider and Binibining Pilipinas USA.  Since Ms. Pilar Pilapil, former beauty queen is hosting Queen Lola coming this June 2013, PinoyWatchdog thus decided to do a series of beauty queens from our motherland.  ENJOY!


This is a list of Philippines’ representatives and their placements at the Big Four international beauty pageants, considered the most important in the world. The country has won three of the four pageants, two Miss Universe crowns, four Miss International crowns and one Miss Earth crown.



Best result

Miss Universe


Winner (1969, 1973)

Miss World


1st Runner-up (1973, 2011)

Miss International


Winner (1964, 1970, 1979, 2005)

Miss Earth


Winner (2008)


Miss Universe – 17th placements

pinoywatchdog-janine-tugonon1. Janine Mari Reymundo Tugonan – 1st Runner Up – 2012 (born 19 October 1989 in Balanga, Bataan) is a Filipina beauty queen who holds the title Miss Universe-Philippines 2012 and placed first runner-up in the Miss Universe 2012 pageant.  She is also a Ballet Protégé from the Ballet School of Manila.






2. Shamcey Gurrea Supsup – 3rd Runner Up – 2011 (born on May 16, 1986) is a Filipina beauty queen who holds the title Miss Universe-Philippines 2011 and represented the Philippines in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant, in which she was declared third runner-up.

Supsup topped the Philippines’ national licensure examination for architects in June 2011.  Not only did she obtain her Architecture degree from the University of the Philippines, but she also graduated with Latin honors (Magna Cum Laude).

pinoywatchdog-venus-raj3. Maria Venus Bayonito Raj – 4th Runner Up – 2010 (born July 7, 1988) is a Filipina beauty queen. She was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2010 (Miss Universe-Philippines) on March 6, 2010 during the pageant’s Grand Coronation Night at the Araneta Coliseum. She represented the Philippines in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, and placed fourth runner-up to Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.

There was a controversy regarding her birth certificate and Raj was dethroned by Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. Raj was briefly replaced by second runner-up Helen Nicolette Henson since first runner-up Diane Elaine S. Necio, also from Bicol was only 17 years old and did not meet the age requirement policies of Miss Universe.On April 10, 2010, the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. allowed Raj to reclaim her title due to humanitarian reasons.

pinoywatchdog-miriam-quiambao4. Miriam Redito Qiuambao – 1st Runner Up – 1999 Born in Quezon City to Magdalena Redito of Oas, Albay and Medgardo Quiambao of Bacacay, Albay on May 20, 1975 She is also a licensed Physical Therapist for the state of Indiana in the United States. During the preliminary round of the evening gown competition, Quiambao slipped and fell on stage. As she walked, the heel of one of her shoes got caught in the trail of her evening gown and she slipped on the floor. Despite this incident she collected herself, regained composure, walked graciously, finished her walk, and drew applause from the audience. At the finals, Quiambao referred to the incident during an interview portion. She said “she felt she represented those women who have fallen both on and off the stage” and hopes to be “an example to the rest of the women in the world”.  Quiambao placed as 1st Runner-Up, with Kwelagobe winning the Miss Universe title.

pinoywatchdog-charlene-gonzales5. Charlene Mae Gonzales Bonnin-Mulach  Top 6 – 1994She is a television and film personality and former beauty queen from the Philippines. Gonzalez won the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1994 title and represented her country at the Miss Universe 1994 pageant held in Manila, where she won the Best National Costume award and was one of the top 6 finalists. She was born to actor Bernard Bonnin and model Elvira Gonzales, on 1 May 1974.



6. Geraldine Asis – Top 10 – 1987 Geraldine Edith “Pebbles” Villarruz Asis (born c. 1965) is a former Filipina actress and beauty queen popularly known as the BB Pilipinas Universe 1987 winner and Miss Universe semi-finalist in 1987.  Before the local pageant, Asis was screened by Stella Márquez and the BB Pilipinas Charities, Inc. at the historic Manila Hotel where she passed and became the official candidate. She won the special titles of Best in Evening Gown and Miss Sunsilk and was crowned BB Pilipinas Universe 1987.



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