Another Filipina shines in int’l beauty pageant

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The Philippines continued its winning streak in competitions abroad after Miss Philippines Koreen Medina won third runner-up at the 42nd Miss Intercontinental beauty contest held in Madgeburg, Germany, last Saturday night, the highest Filipino candidate to place in this pageant since 1994.


Medina, 18, of Quezon City, also won the Miss Intercontinental-Continental Queen of Asia and Oceania in one of Europe’s most popular beauty pageants.

This is the third straight time this year that the Philippines won third-runner up in international pageants. Ariella Arida was third runner-up at the Miss Universe pageant held in Moscow, Russia, last Nov. 9. Ali Forbes won the same honor at the Miss Grand International contest in Bangkok, Thailand, last Nov. 19.

The last time the Philippines made a splash in the beauty pageant was in 1994 when Maria Soveitskaya Bacud also won third runner-up.

Miss Russia Ekaterina Plekhova won the 2013 Miss Intercontinental crown. First runner-up honors went to Miss Puerto Rico Aleyda Ortiz. Miss Colombia Margarita Peralta won second runner-up while Miss South Africa Kayla Nel was fourth runner-up.

Others who made it to the Top 15 semifinals were representatives from Argentina, Costa Rica, Cucaraco, England, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, Panama, Poland and Thailand.

Medina is a mass communications freshman at St. Paul University. She enjoys singing, dancing, acting and modelling. Given the chance, she wants to pursue a career in show business. At the 2013 Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant, Medina received five special awards namely Mutya ng Sheridan, Best in Talent, Mutya ng Zen Institute, Mutya ng Careline and Mutya ng Lancaster Hotel Manila.

The Miss Intercontinental crown valued at US$361,446 (roughly P16,265,070) holds the record for the most expensive pageant crowns. Designed by FUQI China, the crown has 720 diamonds. Manila Bulletin

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