Cindy Miranda is the Philippines' candidate to the 2013 Miss Tourism Queen International pageant. Photo from the pageant's official Facebook page
Miss Latvia crowned winner
MANILA (UPDATED) -- The representative of Latvia to the 8th Miss Tourism Queen International (TQI) pageant was crowned the winner on Thursday night in Xianning, China, with the Philippines' Cindy Miranda finishing in the Top 10.
Latvia's Alisa Miskovska bested 43 other international candidates to be named Miss TQI 2013, according to the pageant's official Facebook page.
The announcement, which was mentioned by Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI), said the representative of South Africa was 1st runner-up; China, 2nd runner-up; Korea, 3rd runner-up; and Portugal, 4th runner-up.
Miskovska, who finished in the top 20 of the 2011 Miss World pageant, was a former national figure skater. Due to an injury, however, she has not been able to compete in the sport. Instead, as she shared in her Miss World profile reel, she became a figure skating coach.
2 more pageants
In a statement given to ABS-CBNnews.com early Friday, BPCI announced the Top 10 finish of Miranda, after initial difficulties in confirming the results of the pageant.
It earlier posted on its Facebook page that Miranda herself confirmed the news, as there was no online broadcast of the coronation night from its venue in China.
Noting the back-to-back victories of Filipinas in pageants this year, BPCI said it "proudly congratulates Bb. Pilipinas Tourism Miss Cindy Miranda for reaping yet another pageant honor for the Philippines by placing among the top ten finalists of the just-concluded Miss Tourism Queen International 2013," it said.
Mutya Datul won Miss Supranational last September 7, while Megan Young bagged the first-ever Miss World title for the Philippines last Saturday.
Before leaving for China, Miranda said she was aiming to bring home the Philippines' third crown from an international pageant in 2013.
"I'm not just gunning for the crown," she said. "I want to bring home the title to give pride to the country, especially with all the calamities and problems the country is facing now."
The Philippines will be sending candidates to at least two more international pageants this year. Binibining Pilipinas 2013 winner Ariella Arida will be competing in Miss Universe in November, while Bea Rose Santiago is one of the candidates in Miss International in December.
BPCI, in its statement, also said it "enjoins Filipinos around the world to continue supporting" Arida and Santiago in their respective beauty contest bids.