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[dropcap letter="A"] Pinay has been crowned as Miss International 2013! The 5'9" towering stunner Bea Rose Santiago represented the Philippines in the 53rd Miss International beauty pageant held in Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall, Tokyo, Japan.

Contestants are expected to serve as "Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty", demonstrating tenderness, benevolence, friendship, beauty, intelligence, ability to take action, and, most importantly, a great international sensibility. The ultimate goal of the Miss International beauty pageant is to promote world peace, goodwill, and understanding.

She is the sixth Filipina to make waves in the international pageant scene this year as her triumph follows:

- Ariella Arida as third runner-up in Miss Universe 2013
- Mutya Johanna Datul won Miss Supranational 2013 (first win for the Philippines)
- Megan Young won Miss World 2013 (first win for the Philippines)
- Andrea Koreen Garcia Medina as third runner-up in Miss Intercontinental 2013
- Amber delos Reyes won Teen Expoworld Universe 2013

Here are 8 things you ought to know about Bea Rose.

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She became the Philippines' representative to Miss International after she was named Binibining Pilipinas-International 2013 during the Binibining Pilipinas coronation night earlier this year.





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Bea Rose Santiago was born in Cataingan, Masbate in Bicol. She's the eldest of three children.





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At 15, she and her family moved to Canada where she found work as a fashion model under Elite Management.





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She's a pro at pageants. Santiago joined the 2011 Mutya ng Pilipinas where she bagged the Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities.





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In 2012, she represented the Philippines in and bagged the Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2012.





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When she won Binibining Pilipinas-International, in the same competition, she won Binibing Avon. That year, she was crowned along with Miss Universe Philippines Ariella Arida; Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism Joanna Cindy Miranda; and Miss Supranational Philippines Mutya Johanna Datul.





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She won the Miss International title beating 66 other candidates. She is the fifth Filipina to win the Miss International crown after Gemma Cruz-Araneta in 1964, Aurora Pijuan in 1970, Melanie Marquez in 1979 and Precious Lara Quigaman in 2005.





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During the pageant's question-and-answer portion the top five finalists were asked what they would if they win the Miss International pageant. She said:

“The whole world saw how my country suffered [after Yolanda]. One by one, other countries helped. You have opened my heart and eyes on what we can do to help each other. I will work to sustain the spirit of sympathy and spirit of hope. As long as we work together, there is hope.”

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Robin Reyes

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