The beauty, inteligence and grace of 24-year-old Kylie Verzosa from the Philippines led her to win the much-coveted Miss International 2016 title. The pageant was held on Thursday, October 27th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Verzosa bested 69 other candidates including first runner up Australia; 2nd runner up Indonesia; 3rd runner up Nicaragua and 4th runner up USA.
Verzosa holds a Business Management degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and worked as a pre-school teached and a model. She wowed the audience and judges not just with her poise but also with her eloquent speech. When asked what she would do if she were crowned Miss International, Verzosa underscored the importance of fostering international understanding by promoting culture.
She said culture, education and international understanding the three words that come to mind when one mentions Miss International. Verzosa then built her case on why she should be given he crown. She stressed that it is hrough sensitivity to other cultures that people learn “to expand horizons, tolerate differences and appreciate diversity”. Verzosa then said that she is more than ready to fulfill these roles and responsibilities as Miss International 2016.
Miss Philippines received thunderous applause from the crowd when she was announced the winner. She’s no stranger to volunteer and charity work having been part an International organization that works with distressed women as well as suicide prevention. Kylie Verzosa is the 6th Filipina to win the Miss International title.
Gemma Cruz first won the pageant in 1964. She was followed by Aurora Pijuan in 1970; International model Melanie Marquez in 1979. The long lull was broken in 2005 when Precious Lara Quiagaman won the title. The most recent queen was Bea Rose Santiago, who won in 2013.
Filipinos are considered celebrities in the pageant world. Among them are reigning Miss Universe, Pia Alonzo- Wurtzbach and 2013 Miss World Meagan Young.