Pinay crowned Miss World Canada

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 27 2011 04:18 PM | Updated as of May 28 2011 07:40 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A former housemate of ABS-CBN's "Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2" was crowned as Miss World Canada 2011 in a pageant held in Richmond, British Columbia last May 19.

Filipino-Canadian Riza Santos, a 24-year-old engineering student, will represent Canada in this year's Miss World pageant to be held in London in November.

In 2006, Santos competed as Miss Canada in the Miss Earth pageant which was held here in the Philippines. She bagged the Miss Photogenic and Miss Fontana Awards.

A year later, she joined "Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2" and was proclaimed as the second placer of the show.

Santos plans to become a commissioned officer, having completed her Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) and Soldier Qualification (SQ) with the Canadian Forces Army Reserve, according to the Miss World Canada website.

BMQ and SQ are training courses that put recruits through great physical and mental strain. -- With a report from ANC. Photo from www.missworldcanada.org