MANILA, Philippines – The Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) masterfully performed one-two in the international beauty pageant arena, effectively affirming the country’s dominance in global pageants, when Maureen Montagne took the Miss Globe crown exactly one week later Cinderella Faye Obeñita took the second win of Miss Intercontinental of the Philippines.
The consecutive triumphs of the Bb.Pilipinas queens of 2021 also came just weeks after their partner, Alexandra Faith Garcia, became the first Filipino woman to win the Miss Aura International title. A separate group named her the Philippines’ first contender to the global tilt of 16 years after losing the semi-finals of the national competition in July.
Montagne beaten 49 other aspirants in ceremonies held in Tirana, Albania on November 5 (November 6 in Manila) to become the second Filipino woman to win the Miss Globe title under the current international organizers, the Deliart Association. Ann Lorraine Colis won in 2015, sparking an impressive campaign for the Philippines that year, highlighted by Bb.Pilipinas Pia Wurtzbach’s Miss Universe victory.
Colis has also started a winning streak for Bb beauties. Pilipinas in the Miss Globe contest, with all subsequent reps making it into the Top 5, with the exception of volleyball player Michele Gumabao who only made it into the Top 15 in 2018.
Competition observers had already advertised Montagne as the favorite ahead of the finals. She finished second in the preliminary competitions – Miss Bikini, People’s Choice and Head-to-Head Challenge – and was among the first to qualify for the talent award.
During the last round of questions, Montagne was asked if beauty is a merit, and how to enrich it with other values.
She replied: “[T]the rue beauty comes from within. To be a Miss Globe is to be a beauty that inspires. What makes us beautiful are our smiles, it’s what we do for our community, it’s the way we give back to others and it’s the way we carry on in life. “
Montagne added: “I believe that everyone has beauty within them, and I believe it is our duty to share it with the world and truly give back and inspire others.”
On social media, BPCI congratulated Montagne and stated that president Stella Marquez Araneta and the organization “are thrilled with your latest contest result. We have never doubted that you will represent our country so well internationally. “
The Miss Globe crown represents the glorious culmination of Montagne’s long and colorful journey in beauty pageants that began in 2013 when she was proclaimed first place winner in the Mutya ng Pilipinas competition, where she joined as a delegate of the Filipino community in Arizona.
She returned to the United States and won the 2015 Miss Arizona USA pageant, which qualified her for the Miss USA pageant where she ranked in the Top 15. In 2017, she ranked second in the Miss World America pageant.
In 2018, Montagne returned to her mother Batangueña’s hometown to establish a modeling career and scored a profitable campaign after winning the women’s division of the Century Superbods competition.
She also joined the Miss World Philippines 2018 pageant, where she won the Miss Eco Philippines crown. She flew to Egypt for the 2019 Miss Eco International contest and finished runner-up.
Miss Eco International organizers offered Montagne the crown after dethroning Peruvian winner Suheyn Cipriani.
But Montagne refused the title because at that time she had already entered the BB competition. Pilipinas. The national contest was later distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic and would be postponed for over a year.
When the Bb.Pilipinas competition resumed in January 2021, Montagne was in crisis. Registration as a 26-year-old competitor in 2020 qualified her for all four titles up for grabs. But the prolonged suspension of the competition, and with the coronation date expected to be one day after his 28th birthday, would mean his options have been reduced to just two crowns – Bb. Pilipinas International and Sib. Pilipinas Globe.
Australian-Filipino forensic scientist Hannah Arnold took home the Bb crown. Pilipinas International, with Montagne winning the Bb title. Pilipinas Globe, along with the Miss Cream Silk and Miss Ever Bilena awards.
Arnold will look to become the seventh Filipino woman to take home the Miss International crown in next year’s 60th edition of global tilt. International organizers have already postponed the competition for two years now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Philippines earned its first Miss Globe crown in 2001, when it was still headed by its founder, the late Charlie See. Port Pilipinas sent runner-up Maricar Balagtas, who became the first Asian to win the crown.
She joined the Bb contest again. Pilipinas in 2004 and earned her ticket to the Miss Universe pageant.
Earlier this year, another Bb beauty. Pilipinas caused a sensation in the world competition arena. Perennial runner-up Samantha Bernardo brought the country’s colors to the 2020 edition of the Miss Grand International contest held in Thailand in March. She came in second.
Succeeding her is Samantha Panlilio, who will try to take home the first Miss Grand International title of the Philippines in the 2021 edition of the global tilt scheduled in Thailand in December.