Miss International 2013 is Ms. Bea Rose Santiago from the Philippines !

Shinagawa Prince Hotel – Tokyo, Japan

L-R first runner-up Nathalie den Dekker (Netherlands) , Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago ( Philippines )  and 2nd runner-up Casey Radley (New Zealand) photo from Reuters

Ms. Bea Rose Santiago from Masbate , Philippines captured the fifth Miss International crown tonight at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall in Tokyo- Japan. -Top 5 included  Colombia and Hungary.

 Top 15 were Gibraltar, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Hungary, Netherlands, United States, Philippines, New Zealand, Lithuania, Iceland, Colombia, Russia, Thailand, and Spain.

Early favorites Miss Venezuela , Miss Mexico , Miss Korea , Miss Poland and host country Miss Japan failed to make it in the semi-finals.

Ms. Bea Santiago during the swimsuit competition

She bested 66 other contestants .

Special Awards:

Miss National Costume: Miss Aruba Erialda Croes

Miss Friendship: Miss New Zealand Casey Radley

Miss Internet: Miss Macau Adela Ka-Wai Sou

Miss Photogenic: Miss Lithuania Elma Segzdaviciute

  Miss International 2008 Alejandra Andreu of Spain crowned Miss  Philippines Bea Rose Santiago


  The winner of Miss International 2012  Ikumi Yoshimatsu of Japan was barred from attending the event due to her involvement in a scandal where a media executive Genichi Taniguchi allegedly harassed and intimidated Ms. Yoshimatsu for not signing on to a talent agency with ties to the Japanese Yakuza or underworld. This was revealed during a press conference held a few days before the pageant.


Mr. Oscar Meinhardt ( the man who developed the Miss Universe idea) established the International Beauty Congress ( IBC) in 1959 . The first Miss International pageant was held in Long Beach, California , USA in 1960. After  the departure of the Miss Universe pageant in Miami Beach , Florida .  Ms. Stella Marquez from Colombia is the first winner of the pageant .

Miss Stella Z. Marquez and her court – Miss International 1960

The pageant was hosted  in Long Beach until 1967, And the pageant moved to Japan from 1968–1970, being hosted each year in the same city as the Expo 1970.  For 1971 and 1972, it was held in Long Beach again, but since that time it has been held annually in Japan.  Some countries have co-hosted the pageant like Macau, China.

Philippines Participation:

Philippines is one of the few countries which send representatives annually in Miss International since its inception in 1960. Ms. Gemma Guerrero Cruz was the first Asian and Filipina to capture the crown in 1964.

Ms. Gemma Guerrero Cruz- Miss International 1964

Ms. Aurora Pijuan- Miss International 1970

Mimilanie Laurel Marquez – Miss International 1979

Miss International winner Precious Lara Quigaman from the Philippines (C), first runner-up Miss Dominican Republic Yadira Geara (L) and second runner-up Miss Finland Susanna Laine

The country ‘s almost perfect attendance was marred with a personal withdrawal  in 1977 of Ms. Maria Cristina ” Pinky” Alberto who alleged of favoritism and sexual harassment by judges.

Special Awards:

The country’s representative took home several special awards

1972- Best in National Costume

1976- Best in National Costume

1979-Best in National Costume

1989- Miss Friendship

1994- Miss Friendship

2010- Most Expressive and Miss Talent

2011- Miss Internet Popularity

Miss Philippines- International Trivia

Ms.  Edita Resurreccion VitalMiss Press Photography of the Philippines when she joined the search for Miss Philippines 1960 that would represent the Philippines in the very first Miss International Beauty Contest in Long Beach, California on August 12, 1960. She made it to the semi-finals that year. She made 2 films after the contest and earned a best actress nomination from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences in 1961 for her role as Maria Clara in Jose Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere”

Ms. Gemma Guerrero  Cruz  paternal great-grandmother was Doña Maria Mercado, the sister of the Philippine’s national heroof Jose Rizal, she donated $10,000 of her price to Manila- Boys Town and  Girl’s Home she received an “Outstanding Manileña” and a “Golden Heart” Presidential decoration by President Diosado Macapagal. She was greeted with over 200,000 people when she arrived at the airport.

Ms.Aurora Pijuan was an early favorite to win at the Miss International 1970.

Ms. Mimilanie Laurel -Marquez is the youngest Miss International title holder- she was just 15 years-old, when she won.  She also won Best in National Costume designed by Renee Salud and with a price tag of Php 10,000

Ms. Maria Cristina ” Pinky” Alberto– was the first Filipina to withdrew from the pageant in 1977.

Ms. Lilia Andanar– She won Miss Friendship at the 1989 Miss International pageant.

Ms. Precious Lara Quigaman – She is the shortest Miss International winner at 5’6 .

Note: The pageant is about 4 hours long . Congratulations !


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Pineapple fashion

Pineapple (Ananas comosus) is the common name for an edible tropical plant and also its fruit. It is native to Paraguay and the southern part of  Brazil . Pineapple is eaten fresh or canned and is available as a juice or in juice combinations. It is used in dessert, salads, as a complement to meat dishes and in fruit cocktail. While sweet, it is known for its high acid content (perhaps malic and/or citric). Pineapples are the only  bromeliad fruit in widespread cultivation. It is one of the most commercially important plants that carry out  CMA photosynthesis.

When European explorers discovered this tropical fruit, they called them pineapples (term first recorded in that sense in 1664) because of their resemblance to what is now known as the pine cone. The term pine cone was first recorded in 1694 and was used to replace the original meaning of pineapple.

ornamental pineapple

In the scientific binomial Ananas comosus, ananas, the original name of the fruit, comes from the Tupi (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) word for pine nanas, as recorded by André Thevenet in 1555 and comosus means “tufted” and refers to the stem of the fruit. Many languages use the Tupian term ananas. In Spanish, pineapples are called piña “pine cone” in Spain and most Hispanic American countries, or ananá (ananás in Argentina )  They have varying names in anarosh (Bengali), and in Malayalam, kaitha chakka. In Malay, pineapples are known as “nanas” or “nenas”. In the Maldivian language of  Dhivehi , pineapples are known as alanaasi.

The Spaniards had introduced this fruit at an early date in the Philippines in the early 1570’s during the Manila -Acapulco galleon trade. The fruits were brought during the galleon trade as a sourced for food and to some extent Vitamin C  . The top portion of the fruit were the source of the planting materials .

According to some historical books, some pineapples were found growing in semi-naturalized areas in Palawan and in many parts of the country by 1640’s.

Local people who already knew how to extract natural fibers from local plants had a new sourced of fiber derived from the leaves of the pineapple.

Manila Cathedral with pineapple design

So important that the pineapple in local culture that pineapple design and motif was included in architecture like the pineapple design on the facade of  Manila Cathedral, the pulpit of San Agustin Church, candle holder, fruit trays, stamps  and the most important use of the pineapple fabric is  in the Philippine national costume.

These pineapple fabric and embroidery were very important that  the most important pieces are given to royalties like Queen Isabel 2 of Spain, Queen Victoria of England , foreign dignitaries, the pope among others.

Piña a Spanish word which means pineapple, are growing anywhere in the country like Tagaytay in Cavite, Calauan , Quezon and in Daet , Camarines Norte  although Southern Philippines produces the most.  One of the largest Pineapple plantation and producers in the world, DOLE, owns roughly half the overall pineapple farm proving the climate makes the best type of fruit. Pineapple textiles are most commonly called Piña in the Philippines.

ladies fashion made from knitted pineapple fabrics

Piña textiles are from the pineapple leaves and fibers, often mixed with silk to produce a great couture clothing with nice and elegant touch.

Aklan is the main and the oldest manufacturer/weaver of Piña cloth in the  Philippines which are being exported to various parts of the world most particularly North America, and Europe.  While Lumban in the province of Laguna, Taal in Batangas are center for embroidery of pineapple fabrics.  Piña weaving is an age-old tradition .

Piña and Jusi are the traditional fabrics used by the bordadoras. Piña is a soft, fine, flexible, and durable off-white fabric about two to four inches in length. It is derived from the finest mature leaves of the red Spanish variety of pineapple. During the Spanish period, piña was the most expensive and highly sought fabric worn for barong Tagalog by the illustrados on very rare special occasions It is a very delicate material, too difficult and expensive to embroider. Jusi (the Chinese term for raw silk), on the other hand, is a lightweight, flimsy, and ecru colored fabric regarded by the bordadoras as the best material for embroidery

Pineapple silk is considered the queen of Philippine fabrics and is considered the fabric of choice of the Philippine elite. During the 1996 edition of APEC in the Philippines, world leaders donned a pineapple silk Barong Tagalog  the traditional group photo.

Miss Precious Lara Quigaman in a pineapple inspired national costume

Photo courtesy : http://www.missosology.org

a local Filipino company Nooks company , Ltd. had made new innovations from the pineapple fabrics into everyday casual wear from jackets , knitted  hats among others. The company is now exporting these fashion items from all over the world .

Nooks Co. Ltd exhibit booth during the 50th Manila F.A.M.E.

Nooks Co. Ltd. is a manufacturer of sweaters/knitwear. It is a collaboration between Ms. Emeretha Daniel, Elizabeth Lee, Martyn Standen and people whose talents in this industry remain unmatched. The company also hosted a fashion show last October 21,2009 in SMX center where new product line were introduced to the local and international market.

The company’s social responsibility helps  farming communities from Zambales and Aklan by purchasing their pineapple fabrics and properly cultivation of pineapples.

For more information:

Unit H, 5th Flr., Westgate Tower,
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila,  Philippines
Contact No:
842 5877
Fax No:
842 5877

Contact Person :

Mr. Francisco Tacio

Sales & Marketing- Dept. Head
Unit H, 5th Floor, Westgate Tower,

Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park,

Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City, 1780, Philippines

Tel./Fax No. 00 63 2 842-5877 /  00 63 2 807-0557

Mobile No. 09084995989

Planting tips:

Pineapples are very easy to grow from their tops. Since you are going to plant it, you bought it based upon the condition of the leaves. Just cut the top off about two inches down from the top of the pineapple. Let it sit on it’s side for about two  or three days to allow the cut to skin over. Then dust the cut area lightly with rooting hormone and pot it up with the dirt up to the base of the leaves. Go easy on the sun and the water for about one month or so until it establishes it’s roots. The plant will benefit from a daily misting of water on its’ leaves during and after this period. Then it can stand all of the heat and sun you can give it. Be sure not to over water it though.

Most of the pineapple fields were at the 1000-2000 ft. elevation where it is slightly cooler than at sea level. Pineapple may bloom after about 2 years after planting.

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