The rise of the Philippines


In a span of three years, the Philippines managed to win all the crowns of Big5 Pageants – so far the only country to have it all. Starting in 2013 when Mutya Johana Datul was crowned Miss Supranational (the pageant was not yet considered by Missosology as a major international pageant due to several issues), the Philippines was on fire! Following Mutya’s victory in Minsk was a victory that was thought improbable. Megan Young won the country’s first ever Miss World crown in Bali! Then to close the 2013 pageant year, Bea Rose Santiago took the country’s 5th Miss International crown.

The current generation of Filipinos are perhaps the luckiest as they saw a series of major victories in their lifetime. Filipinos never had this good. By 2015, they already had a back-to-back win at Miss Earth as Jamie Herrell passed her crown to Angelia Ong. And the best and the most anticipated among the titles – a Miss Universe crown thanks to the superb performance of Pia Wurtzbach.

Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johana Datul, Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago
Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johana Datul, Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago

So why is the Philippines keep on winning? Some said a few years back that the reason why Philippines continues to land at Top 5 of Miss Universe was because the then owner Donald Trump was building a tower in Manila. But then if that was the case, why did the Philippines win the crown after Donald Trump sold the pageant to another owner?

Some credited the fans as they are the noisiest online and can be relied upon in case of any online or app-based votings. Well, that might be true but there are other countries with equally passionate fans in many countries such as Thailand, Colombia, Mexico and India.

Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell, Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach
Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell, Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach

So what is the secret of the Philippines?

Well it is the same secret that gave India and Venezuela their golden years – hard work. Like the beauty bootcamps of Femina Miss India during the lates 1990s and like the endless pasarella sessions of Osmel Sousa, the Philippines had developed training camps that hone aspiring beauties. Two training camps – Aces and Queens and Kagandahang Flores – have produced results that brought these prestigious titles and crowns to the Philippines.

People can formulate their own conspiracy theories and accuse the pageants as rigged but they are missing the real point. To be victorious in major international pageants nowadays requires a well-trained delegate. The Philippines was struggling before to shine internationally and finally, these start-up trainers were able to step up their game and formally formed camps that eventually produced international winners.

The golden years that the Philippines is enjoying right now is not just pure luck. Rather, it is a combination of pure love, dedication and hard work.


  1. I wish the economy of the Philippines rises as fast as the chances of winning a beauty pageant. Pinoys should work harder to build a strong economy and not just focus their energy on beauty contests or boxing.

    • I cant help but say “ANG TANGA” mo (You FOOL or STUPID) …our economy is booming now…..wait a little more years you’ll see that the PHILIPPINES will become great again ONCE MORE! And were are proud of that so very proud…

    • well, we’re not..we are dumber than the mule…face it fipinos are nothing but asian garbage. good for nothing and just a hole for the US navy to fuck!..we are sure useless ppl in asia..

      • now I can understand where you’re coming from….From the LAND OF ANGHIT (Foul Odor) INDIA….! I understand also where the jealousy and envy is coming from….CLAP CLAP CLAP….of course you’re a BILLIONS Idiot in terms of Population now wonder you act like a rat…rotten rat…

    • I hope so. Crossing my fingers. But honestly, I think it will be tough for Philippines to win it again. I think MU learned their lesson when Venezuela won in back to back a few years back and the organisation took a beating from the pageant community. However, I am looking forward to Pia’s role (maybe as a co-host) in MU 2016.

    • They are talking about winning beauty pageants not economy you idiot. Philippines bagged five crowns this year, including several top finalists. I don’t know what dumpster country you came from, but I don’t think you trolling comments convince readers you are just some annoying hater looking for attention. Do us a favor and read the article, first.

    • Hi Lara – I understand your sense of humour here. Very funny……… Hehehehhehe………….. Not only is Philippines winning international beauty pageants recently (especially in the last 3 years), its economy is also doing very well. I think it’s the second fastest economy in the world in terms of GDP rate of return. Furthermore, over 1M Filippinos working overseas send money back to the Philippines, on a regular basis, which further stimulates its economy.

  2. Wouldn’t be cool for Philippines to win MU, ME, MW and MI all in the one year? I don’t think this has ever happened before, not even Venezuela has done this. Maybe in 2016. It’s possible that it can win MU again but I don’t see Philippines winning ME three times in a row. What do you think people??