Reported by Celso De Guzman Caparas
The term of the late 15th Philippine President Benigno Simeon 'Noynoy' Cojuangco Aquino III a.k.a. PNoy, from June 30, 2010 to June 30, 2016, could also be remembered as the period when our homegrown beauties won several major global crowns and titles, not to mention numerous runner-up placements.
Five of them have the privilege and honor to pay a courtesy call to PNoy during their respective homecoming, as follows:
• 2010 Miss Universe fourth runner-up Maria Venus Raj paid a courtesy call at Malacañang Palace on Aug. 31.
Raj competed along with 82 other delegates at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. on Aug. 23. Mexico's Jimena Navarette was crowned as 2010 Miss Universe.
• 2011 Miss Universe third runner-up Shamcey Supsup paid a courtesy call at the Presidential Lounge of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal II on Sep.18.
PNoy was scheduled to take a commercial PAL flight a couple hours later for a U.S. official visit.
Leila Lopes of Angola won as 2011 Miss Universe beating 88 other delegates during the finals held at Credicard Hall in Sào Paulo, Brazil on Sep. 12.
After Shamcey won as 2011 Miss Universe Philippines, she paid a courtesy call to PNoy at East Asia Royale Hotel in General Santos City during his visit to Region XII on Apr. 14, 2011.
• 2013 Miss World Megan Lynne Young paid a courtesy call at Malacañang Palace on Oct. 14.
She made history as the first Filipina Miss World winner, and the only one as to date. Megan won over 126 other hopefuls at Bali Nusa Dua International Convention Center in Indonesia on Sep. 28. She was also named Continental Queen of Asia and winner of Top Model Fast Track Challenge.
• 2013 Miss International Bea Rose Santiago paid a courtesy call at Malacañang Palace on Dec. 23.
The two first met on Dec. 13 in Tokyo when they were invited by a Filipino Community, at that time PNoy attended the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit.
Santiago bested 66 other contestants during the coronation night held at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall on Dec. 17.
She was the fifh Filipina Miss International winner after Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979) and Precious Lara Quigaman (2005).
• 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach paid a courtesy call at Malacañang Palace on Jan. 26, 2016, thirty-seven days after she won.
She became the country's third Miss Universe winner after Gloria Diaz (1969) and Margie Moran (1973) after besting 79 other delegates at The Axis in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. on Dec. 20, 2015.
Other Pinay winners and runners-up in major international pageants during PNoy's term:
• 2011 Miss World First Princess Gwendoline Ruais, held at Earls Court Exhibition Center, London, United Kingdom on Nov 6, with 113 candidates.
• 2011 Miss Earth Water (second runner-up) Athena Imperial, held at U.P. Theater, Diliman, QC on Dec. 3, with 84 candidates.
• 2012 Miss Universe first runner-up Janine Mari Tugonon, held at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. on Dec. 19, with 89 delegates.
• 2012 Miss Earth Air (first runner-up) Stefany Stefanowitz, held at Versailles Palace, Alabang, Muntinlupa on Nov. 24, with 80 candidates.
• 2012 Miss Supranational third runner-up Elaine Kay Moll, held at Studio TV, Hala Mera in Warsaw, Poland on Sep. 14, with 53 candidates.
• 2013 Miss Supranational winner Mutya Johanna Datul, held at Minsk Sports Palace, Belarus on Aug. 28 with 81 contestants, the first Filipina and Asian winner. She was also named Miss Personality.
• 2013 Miss Universe third runner-up Ariella Arida, held at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia on Nov. 9, with 86 delegates.
• 2013 Miss Intercontinental third runner-up Koreen Medina, held at Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany on Dec.14, with 59 candidates.
• 2013 Miss Grand International third runner-up Ali Forbes, held at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand on Nov. 19 with 71 candidates.
• 2014 Miss Earth winner Jamie Herrell, held at U.P. Theater, Diliman, Quezon City on Nov. 29, with 85 candidates.
• 2014 Miss Intercontinental second runner-up Kris Tiffany Janson, held at Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany on Dec. 4, with 68 candidates. She was also named Miss Intercontinental Asia & Oceania and Miss Photogenic.
• 2015 Miss Earth winner Angelia Ong, held at Marx Halle, Vienna, Austria on Dec. 20 with 86 candidates.
• 2015 Miss Globe winner Ann Lorraine Colis, held at Rose Theater in Brampton, Toronto, Canada on Oct. 8, with 55 candidates.
• 2015 Miss Intercontinental first runner-up Christi Lynn McGarry. Also named Miss Intercontinental Asia & Oceania. Held at Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany on Dec. 18, with 66 candidates.
• 2015 Miss Grand International third runner-up Parul Shah, held at Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok, Thailand on Oct. 28, with 78 candidates. She was also adjudged as Best in National Costume.
Photos 1, 3, 4 and 5 courtesy of Malacañang Photo Bureau
Photo 2 courtesy of Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc.