MANILA — Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa was crowned 2016 Miss International during the pageant held in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.
Verzosa, 24, a kindergarten teacher and model, is the sixth Filipina to win the crown. She succeeded 2015 winner Edymar Martinez of Venezuela.
Rounding up the top winners include Miss Australia (1st runner up), Indonesia (2nd runner up) and Nicaragua (3rd runner up).
Beauty queens from the Philippines have been winning international pageants this year. On Wednesday, Nicole Cordoves placed first runner up in the Miss Grand International held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Prior to the pageant day, Verzosa had the chance to meet President Rodrigo Duterte during his state visit to Japan. She has been a crowd favorite in the pageant.
The Philippines last won the Miss International crown in 2013 by Bea Rose Santiago. Other Filipinas who won the prestigious pageant include Gemma Cruz Araneta, Aurora Pijuan, Melanie Marquez and Precious Lara Quigaman. Janice Cave/PNA-northboundasia.com