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    Karen Gallman makes history, wins first Miss Intercontinental title for the Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines – Karen Gallman on Saturday made history as the first-ever Filipina to win the Miss Intercontinental title.

    Karen Gallman makes history, wins first Miss Intercontinental title for Philippines
    Karen Gallman becomes the first Filipina to win the Miss Intercontinental crown | Photo Credit: Twitter/ SM Mall of Asia Arena

    The 26-year-old Filipino-Australian was crowned by Mexico's Veronica Salas Vallejo at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Karen Gallman makes history, wins first Miss Intercontinental title for Philippines
    The crowning moment | Photo Credit: Facebook Miss Intercontinental

    Gallman bested tough contenders in the 47th edition of the pageant — Costa Rica's Adriana Alvarado and Slovak Republic's Laura Longauerova. Candidates from Colombia, Vietnam and Ethiopia rounded up the top six of the competition.

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    Karen Gallman makes history, wins first Miss Intercontinental title for Philippines
    Miss Philippines Karen Gallman and Costa Rica's Adriana Alvarado during the announcement of title winner | Photo Credit: Facebook Miss Intercontinental

    During the final Q&A round, candidates were asked: "How do you define success?"

    Gallman wowed the audience with her answer: "For me, success is not just about winning in life. "It is about setting goals, achieving your dreams, working hard for everything you want, and always looking up to God and be thankful for everything. For me, that is success."


    Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI) Chair Stella M. Araneta, who handles the local pageant to select representative for Miss Intercontinental, congratulated Gallman on her historic win.

    "Karen brings home the crown as a true honor to the country, a testament of her being a true Binibini, and the epitome of an inspiring Filipina everyone around the globe can look up to. We are proudly behind you in your continuing journey," Araneta shared.

    This is the first time the Miss Intercontinental pageant was held in Manila though the host country is Japan. Preparation for Olympic Games 2020 is underway that forced the pageant's organization to look for another venue.

    Telecast of the pageant is at 9:45 am today on ABS-CBN.

    — The Summit Express

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