Miss Philippines Bea Rose Santiago was declared the winner of the 53rd Miss International beauty pageant, held in at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday, December 17.
Miss Netherlands Nathalie den Dekker was named first runner-up while Miss New Zealand Lorena Hermida was named second runner-up.
Rounding out the top five are Miss Hungary Brigitta Ã–tvÅ‘s and Miss Colombia Lorena Hermida.
During the contest’s question and answer portion, which asked the top five finalists what they would if they win the Miss International pageant, Soriano said:
“The whole world saw how my country suffered. One by one, other countries helped. You have opened my heart and eyes on what we can do to help each other.”
She added, “I will work to sustain the spirit of sympathy and spirit of hope. As long as we work together, there is hope.”
Miss International is the last of the major beauty pageants to be held this year, and beauty pageant enthusiasts had high hopes for Soriano after Megan Young’s win in the Miss World 2013 pageant.