VIDEO: PH bet Kylie Verzosa wins Miss International 2016

    MANILA, Philippines - Philippine bet Kylie Verzosa won the prestigious 56th Miss International 2016 pageant held in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday, October 27.

    Congratulations Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa, the new Ms. International title-holder!
    Congratulations Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa, the new Ms. International title-holder!
    Verzosa, 24, bested 69 other candidates from different counties. She was crowned by Edymar Martinez of Venezuela.

    Kylie Miss International 2016

    She has delivered an impressive one-minute speech before the audience, judges and representatives.

    "Three things come to mind when I think of Miss International – Culture, education and international understanding. These three works together to make the brand of the Miss International beauty pageant relevant to the global community and to our time.

    If I become Miss International 2016, I will devote myself to cultural understanding and international understanding because I believe that it is with developing in each of us sensitivity to other cultures that we expand our horizons, tolerate difference, and appreciate diversity.

    All these enable us to achieve international understanding. And I believe I'm prepared to take on this responsibility.

    Domo arigatou gozaimasu. [Thank you.]"

    Miss Australia, Indonesia, Nicaragua and USA ranked first to fourth runners-up, respectively.

    Other contestants also received special awards:
    • Miss International ASIA - Hong Kong
    • Miss International EUROPE - Netherlands
    • Miss International AMERICA - Ecuador
    • Miss International AFRICA - Sierra Leone
    • Miss International OCEANIA - Hawaii

    WATCH: Miss International 2016 - Final Result and Crowning Moment (video courtesy of Miss International on Youtube)

    Miss Nicaragua also won for national costume, while Miss Indonesia got the Miss Best Dresser award. Miss Moldova received the Miss Perfect Body award.

    Included in the Top 15 finalists were: Mexico, Finland, Japan, El Salvador, Canada, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Russia, Thailand and Poland.

    Verzosa is the sixth Filipina to bring home the Miss International crown for the country. Previous winners from the Philippines include Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979), Precious Lara Quigaman (2005) and Bea Rose Santiago (2013).

    Verzosa graduated at the Ateneo De Manila University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management.
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