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Miss International 2013 winner is Philippines, Bea Rose Santiago

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Miss International 2013 in Tokyo: Philippines crowned winnerMiss International 2013 Tokyo, JAPAN: Philippines‘ Bea Rose Santiago was crowned Miss International 2013 on Tuesday.

Contestants from 67 countries and regions from all over the world took part in the pageant of the 53rd Miss International held at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

The second runner-up is Miss Netherland’s Nathalie den Dekker, followed by New Zealand’s Casey Radley. Completing the Top 5 were Colombia’s Cindy Aguilar and Hungary’s Brigitta Otvos.

“This is my dream. Thank you Japan for giving it to me,” an ecstatic Bea Rose Santiago said at the event, held late Tuesday in Tokyo.

“I’m going to use my crown and my title to help the victims” of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which raked the Philippines last month, leaving nearly 8,000 people dead or missing.

“So this is actually for my province, and this is for the Philippines.” Ms Santiago was selected from among 67 candidates representing countries and regions of the world.

Philippines is well represented this year in International beauty pageants after Megan Young was crowned Miss World 2013 and Ariella Arida finished third runner-up in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant, while Mutya Datul was crowned Miss Supranational. / Photo: Miss International

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