Philippines’ Kylie Versoza wins Miss International 2016

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Kylie Versoza of the Philippines was crowned Miss International 2016

Kylie Versoza, a 24 year-old model and preschool teacher from the Philippines, was crowned Miss International for 2016. Miss Australia Alexandra Britton won first runner-up while Miss Indonesia Felicia Hwang was second-runner-up. Brianny Chamorro of Nicaragua and Kaityrana Leinbach of the United States also made it to the top five. The competition featured ladies from 69 countries.

In her remarks shortly after the victory, an ecstatic Versoza dedicated her victory to her family as well as for everyone in the Philippines. “I didn’t go to this journey alone,” she said. She also thanked host country Japan for accomodating her and her fellow participants. “Arigatou gozaimasu, Japan for having me and the girls. Thank you so much, Japan,” she said.

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Kylie Versoza of the Philippines was crowned Miss International 2016

During the question-and-answer portion, the finalists were asked what it means for them to win the Miss International 2016 crown. Here’s her answer:

“Three things comes to mind when I think of Miss International: Culture, education, and international understanding. These three work together to make the brand of Miss International pageant relevant to the global community and to our time.

If I would become Miss International 2016, I will devote myself to cultural understanding and international understanding because I believe that it is developing in each of us sensitivity to other cultures, that we expand our horizons, tolerate difference, and appreciate diversity. All of these enables us to achieve international understanding, and I believe I am prepared to take on this responsibility. Domo arigato!”

Versoza is the sixth Filipina to be crowned Miss International. Past winners from the Philippines were Gemma Teresa Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979), Precious Lara Quigaman (2005), and Bea Santiago (2013).

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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