Aside from Binibining Pilinas-Universe 2013 Ariella Arida, two more beauty titlist with Filipino blood will compete in Miss Universe 2013 this December. They’re the representatives from Canada and Gabon.
Riza Santos, a former Pinoy Big Brother housemate, won Miss Universe Canada 2013. During the coronation night last Saturday (May 25), the organizers crowned the wrong winner, Denise Garrido from Ontario. The following day, the event organizers discovered that the real winner was Santos while Garrido was actually the third runner-up.
“Beauties of Canada congratulates Riza Santos as the winner of Miss Universe Canada 2013 competition, and looks forward to working with her as she prepares to represent our country at Miss Universe 2013.”
Santos’ parents are both Filipino. Ruel Santos from Bulacan and Dina Buenaventua from Bataan. She was raised in Calgary and became a naturalized Canadian citizen. She also represented Canada in Miss Earth 2006 and Miss World 2011.
Meanwhile, Miss Gabon 2013 Ruth Jennifer Ondo Mouchita from the western African state of Gabon is half-Filipina. Her mother is a pure Filipina, while her father is a Gabonese.