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Although she’s not the first one from the Philippines, I’d like to say that Kris Tiffany Janson has marked an epoch by being the first Filipina to be sent to Miss Intercontinental by the country’s most prestigious beauty pageant, because for several years until 2013, our country’s representatives came through Mutya Ng Pilipinas. Before a frenzied crowd cheering her on, Kris was crowned as Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 during the annual Binibining Pilipinas Pageant on March 30 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

These photos were taken at our victory party in Quezon City, which was prepared by Rodgil Flores, Kagandahang Flores head honcho and Kris’s mentor in Manila, and attended by her Cebu-based discoverer Dexter Alazas of Admodels Stylefirm, avid supporters Jonas Borces and many others. Together with her fellow winners—Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa, Binibining Pilipinas International 2014 Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Marie Santiago, and Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah—our Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson was whisked into the official victory party at the Big Dome right after the proclamation of winners onstage. So she arrived at our celebration at already past three in the morning, only a few minutes apart from the arrival of her Kagandahang Flores colleagues MJ Lastimosa and Parul Shah.

I am personally happy with her title, inasmuch as my ultimate favorite beauty queen, Lara Dutta of India, had won the Miss Intercontinental 1997 crown in Germany before clinching the most coveted crown of Miss Universe 2000 in Cyprus. My favorite Binibining Pilipinas runner-up, Maria Sovietskaya Bacud, holds the highest placement for the Philippines, so far, by bringing home the second runner-up sash from Germany in 1995. Koreen Medina, Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2013, was awarded as Miss Intercontinental 2013 third runner-up, also in Germany.

The Miss Intercontinental Pageant is run by Panama-based World Beauty Organization. Venezuela and USA have won five crowns, respectively, since the pageant was founded in 1973. So let’s hope and pray that our lovely Cebuana Kris Tiffany Janson will mark an epoch, again, by winning the Miss Intercontinental 2014, the first, and definitely not the last, for the Philippines.