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This is a list of the Philippines' representatives and their placements at the Big Four international beauty pageants.[1] The Philippines, widely considered a beauty pageant powerhouse,[2][3] has won in all four pageants with a total of ninety-five placements and fifteen victories:

Hundreds of beauty pageants are conducted yearly, but the Big Four are considered the most prestigious,[4] widely covered and broadcast by media.[5] The Wall Street Journal,[6] BBC News,[7] CNN,[8] Xinhua News Agency,[9] and global news agencies such as Reuters[10] and Agence France-Presse[11][12] collectively refer to the four major pageants as "Big Four" namely: Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth.[13][14][15]

National franchises and organizations

The Philippine franchise holders of the four major beauty pageants are:

The criteria for the Big Four inclusion are based on specific standards such as the pageant's international prominence and prestige accepted by mainstream media; the quality and quantity of crowned delegates recognized by international franchisees; the winner's post pageant activities; the pageant's longevity, consistency, and history; the execution of the pageant's specific cause, platform, and advocacy; the overall pre-pageant activities, production quality and global telecast; the enormity of internet traffic; and the extent of popularity across the globe.[23]


The Philippines inherited the practice and promotion of beauty pageants from the Kingdom of Spain and United States which colonized the country and reflected their keen interest in pageantry through the Santero culture.[24]

The first officially recorded beauty pageant competition in the Philippines was held in 1908 during the Manila Carnival,[25][26] which organized both American and Philippine diplomatic relations,[25] with the aim to exhibit achievements in commerce and agriculture.[26] The winner of the competition was crowned, and came to be known, as the “Carnival Queen.”[27] The competitions were held annually from 1908 to 1938.[26]

In 1926, the Manila Carnival conceptualized and held the first national beauty pageant using the title Miss Philippines to represent the Philippine islands; contestants came from all over the country with the following regional titles: Miss Luzon, Miss Visayas, and Miss Mindanao. This new competition gained greater popularity, resulting in the phasing out of the “Carnival Queen” title in 1938.[28]

National pageants

The following are national pageants which serves as qualifiers for the Big Four pageants.

Miss Universe Philippines

The Philippine representatives to the Miss Universe pageant from 1964 to 2019 were chosen by Binibining Pilipinas. Starting 2020, a separate organization has been choosing the Philippine representatives to the Miss Universe competition: the new Miss Universe Philippines Organization, with Shamcey Supsup as national director.[29]

Binibining Pilipinas

In 1964, Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated, (BPCI) headed by Stella Araneta became the official national franchise holder of the Miss Universe Organization in the Philippines, and had sent representatives to the Miss Universe pageant from 1964 to 2019. Its predecessor, the “Miss Philippines”, had been the official franchise holder from 1952 to 1963.[30][31][32]

In 1968, the same organization acquired the Philippine franchise of Miss International, and conducted a separate pageant called "Miss Philippines" to select a representative for the Miss International competition. In 1969, BPCI started to combine the Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Philippines competitions and awarded the title "Binibining Pilipinas" to the country's representative to the Miss Universe competition, while granting the "Miss Philippines" title to the representative for the Miss International competition. For the first time in 1972, both titles "Binibining Pilipinas Universe" and "Binibining Pilipinas International" were awarded to the winners in a single competition.

Miss World Philippines

The Philippine representatives to the Miss World pageant from 1966 to 1968 were chosen by various pageant organizers.[33] From 1969 to 1976, the title was awarded through the Miss Republic of the Philippines, then by Mutya ng Pilipinas, Inc. through Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant from 1977 to 1991, and Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc., through the Binibining Pilipinas pageant from 1992 to 2010.[34] In 2011, the Miss World Philippines organization was held by Cory Quirino's CQ Global Quest until 2016.[35][36][37] From 2017 onwards, the Miss World Philippines is under the management of Arnold Vegafria's ALV Talent Circuit.[38][39]

Miss Philippines Earth

The Miss Philippines Earth was founded in 2001 by Carousel Productions headed by its President Ramon Monzon[40] who is also the President, CEO, & Director of the Philippine Stock Exchange and Chairman of the PSE Foundation, Inc.[41][42] and spearheaded by Ramon's wife Lorraine Schuck as Executive Vice President and Peachy Veneracion as the Vice President and Project Director.[43][44][45]

Carousel Productions established Miss Philippines Earth as a beauty pageant competition with the aim of actively promoting the protection and preservation of the environment. Consequently, Miss Philippines (currently called Miss Philippines Earth; not related to the defunct “Miss Philippines” of 1926) was created.[46][47][48]

Participation in international pageant competitions

Since Venus Raj's 4th runner-up finish at Miss Universe 2010 (marking the Philippines' first semifinal placement at the pageant since Miriam Quiambao placed second to Botswana at Miss Universe 1999), the country has consistently placed in the Miss Universe semifinals each year, having made the first cut since 2019, scoring two Top 10 placements in 2014 and 2017, a Top 5/6 placement in 2016, four consecutive runner-up finishes in the Top 5 from 2010 to 2013,[49] and two crowns in 2015 and 2018. This made the Philippines only the second country in the Eastern Hemisphere (after India) and the fifth country in the world (after Germany, U.S.A., Venezuela and India) to place in the Miss Universe semifinals for at least 10 consecutive years (and the first country to do so beginning in any year of the 21st century).[50]

The Philippines also held two Big 4 pageant crowns simultaneously twice - in 2013 with Bea Santiago (Miss International) and Megan Young (Miss World), and in 2015 with Angelia Ong (Miss Earth) and Pia Wurtzbach (Miss Universe). The country also owns the longest winning streak of Big 4 beauty pageants from 2013 to 2018. The Philippines is currently tied with U.S.A. as the second most successful pageant powerhouse nation in the world, only trailing Venezuela with 15 crowns versus the latter's 23 crowns.[51]

From 2010 to 2019 alone, the Philippines has only unplaced twice in each of the Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth competitions, making it the country with the single most successful decade in terms of Big 4 beauty pageant results in the world. Since 2010, the Philippines has gained worldwide attention for its pageant training mechanisms.[50]


The following table details the placing of the Philippines' representatives in the Big Four pageants.

Color Key
  •   Winner
  •   Runner-up
  •   Finalist, semifinalist, or quarter finalist
Year Miss Universe Miss World Miss International Miss Earth
2022 TBA TBA Hannah Arnold
2021 Beatrice Gomez
Tracy Perez
No pageant held Naelah Alshorbaji
2020 Rabiya Mateo
Top 21
No pageant held Roxanne Baeyens
2nd Runner-Up
2019 Gazini Ganados
Top 20
Michelle Dee
Top 12
Bea Magtanong
Top 8
Janelle Tee
Top 20
2018 Catriona Gray
Katarina Rodriguez Ahtisa Manalo
1st Runner-Up
Celeste Cortesi
Top 8
2017 Rachel Peters
Top 10
Laura Lehmann
Top 40
Mariel de Leon Karen Ibasco
2016 Maxine Medina
Top 6
Catriona Gray
Top 5
Kylie Verzosa
Imelda Schweighart
2015 Pia Wurtzbach
Hillarie Parungao
Top 10
Janicel Lubina
Top 10
Angelia Ong
2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa
Top 10
Valerie Weigmann
Top 25
Bianca Guidotti Jamie Herrell
2013 Ariella Arida
3rd Runner-Up
Megan Young
Bea Santiago
Angelee delos Reyes
Top 8
2012 Janine Tugonon
1st Runner-Up
Queenierich Rehman
Top 15
Nicole Schmitz
Top 15
Stephany Stefanowitz
1st Runner-Up
2011 Shamcey Supsup
3rd Runner-Up
Gwendoline Ruais
1st Runner-Up
Dianne Necio
Top 15
Athena Imperial
2nd Runner-Up
2010 Venus Raj
4th Runner-Up
Czarina Gatbonton Krista Kleiner
Top 15
Psyche Resus
2009 Bianca Manalo Marie-Ann Umali Melody Gersbach
Top 15
Sandra Seifert
1st Runner-Up
2008 Jennifer Barrientos Danielle Castaño Patricia Fernandez
Top 12
Karla Henry
2007 Theresa Licaros Maggie Wilson Nadia Shami Jeanne Harn
2006 Lia Ramos Anna Maris Igpit Denille Lou Valmonte Cathy Untalan
2nd Runner-Up
2005 Gionna Cabrera Carlene Aguilar
Top 15
Lara Quigaman
Genebelle Raagas
Top 16
2004 Maricar Balagtas Karla Bautista
Top 5
Margaret Bayot
Top 15
Tamera Szijarto
Top 8
2003 Carla Balingit Mafae Yunon
Top 5
Jhezarie Javier Laura Dunlap
Top 10
2002 Karen Agustin Katherine Manalo
Top 10
Kristine Alzar April Perez
Top 10
2001 Zorayda Andam Gilrhea Quinzon Maricarl Tolosa Carlene Aguilar
Top 10
2000 Nina Alagao Katherine de Guzman Joanna Peñaloza Pageant not yet established
1999 Miriam Quiambao
1st Runner-Up
Lalaine Edson Georgina Sandico
1998 Jewel Lobaton Rachel Soriano Colette Glazer
Top 15
1997 Abbygale Arenas Kristine Florendo Susan Ritter
Top 15
1996 Aileen Damiles Daisy Reyes Yedda Kittilstvedt
Top 15
1995 Joanne Santos Reham Tago Gladys Dueñas
Top 15
1994 Charlene Gonzales
Top 6
Caroline Subijano
Top 10
Alma Concepcion
Top 15
1993 Dindi Gallardo Ruffa Gutierrez
2nd Runner-Up
Sheela Santarin
1992 Elizabeth Berroya Marina Benipayo Jo-Anne Alivio
1991 Lourdes Gonzalez Gemith Gemparo Patricia Betita
Top 15
1990 Germelina Padilla Antonette Ballesteros Jennifer Pingree
1989 Sara Paez Estrella Querubin Lilia Andanar
1988 Perfida Limpin Dana Narvadez Anthea Robles
1987 Geraldine Asis
Top 10
Lourdes Apostol Lourdes Enriquez
1986 Violeta Naluz Sherry Byrne
Top 15
Alice Dixson
Top 15
1985 Joyce Burton Elizabeth Cuenco Sabrina Artadi
1984 Desiree Verdadero
3rd Runner-Up
Aurora Sevilla Bella Nachor
1983 Rosita Capuyon Marilou Sadiua Flor Pastrana
1982 Maria Isabel Lopez Sarah Areza
Top 15
Lisa Manibog
1981 Maricar Mendoza Suzette Nicolas Alice Sacasas
Top 15
1980 Rosario Silayan
3rd Runner-Up
Milagros Nabor Diana Chiong
Top 12
1979 Criselda Cecilio Josefina Francisco Melanie Marquez
1978 Jennifer Cortez Louvette Hammond Luz Policarpio
1977 Anna Kier Melissa Veneracion
Cristina Alberto
1976 Elizabeth de Padua Josephine Conde
Dolores Ascalon
Top 15
1975 Rose Marie Brosas
4th Runner-Up
Suzanne Gonzales Jaye Murphy
Top 15
1974 Guadalupe Sanchez
Top 12
Agnes Rustia Erlynne Bernardez
1973 Margie Moran
Evangeline Pascual
1st Runner-Up
Elena Ojeda
4th Runner-Up
1972 Barbara Crespo
Top 12
Evangeline Reyes
Top 15
Yolanda Dominguez
2nd Runner-Up
1971 Vida Doria Onelia Jose Evelyn Camus
2nd Runner-Up
1970 Simonette delos Reyes Minerva Cagatao
Top 15
Aurora Pijuan
1969 Gloria Diaz
Feliza Miro Margaret Montinola
Top 15
1968 Rosario Zaragoza Cecilia Amabuyok
Top 15
Nenita Ramos
Top 15
1967 Pilar Pilapil Maita Gomez Margarita Romualdez
1966 Clarinda Soriano
Top 15
Vivien Austria No pageant held
1965 Louise Vail
Top 15
Did not enter Isabelle Santos
1964 Myrna Panlilio Gemma Cruz
1963 Lalaine Bennett
3rd Runner-Up
Monina Yllana
Top 15
1962 Josephine Brown Cynthia Ugalde
1961 Did not enter Pilar Arciaga
1960 Edita Vital
Top 15
1959 Pageant not yet established
1957 Carmen Corrales
1956 Isabel Rodriguez
1955 Yvonne delos Reyes
1954 Blesilda Ocampo
Top 16
1953 Cristina Pacheco
1952 Teresita Sanchez
1951 Pageant not yet established


Pageant Placements Best result
Miss Universe 25 Winner (1969 • 1973 • 2015 • 2018)
Miss World 20 Winner (2013)
Miss International 33 Winner (1964 • 1970 • 1979 • 2005 • 2013 • 2016)
Miss Earth 17 Winner (2008 • 2014 • 2015 • 2017)
Total 95 15 titles


The Philippines first hosted its major international pageant in 1974 for Miss Universe. It has also hosted Miss Earth several times, as the pageant originated in the country.[24][49]

Year/s of hosting Pageant
1974, 1994, 2016 Miss Universe
20012009, 20112014, 20162019 Miss Earth

List of crossovers

Crossover winners of a national pageant wins in another major national pageant and then participate in the line of international beauty pageants.[52]

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