Pinay wins Miss Universe Canada 2013

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Filipina Riza Santos will represent Canada in Miss Universe 2013

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MANILA, Philippines – Filipina Riza Santos will be representing Canada in the 2013 Miss Universe beauty pageant, after a correction significantly altered the pageant’s results, according to Beauties of Canada (BoC) Production

Denise Garrido of Bradford, Ontario was originally crowned Miss Universe Canada 2013 in the pageant held May 25, but results were deemed invalid the following day due to a typo seen during the validation of the computerized scoring.

“This is an unfortunate circumstance where a human error was made, and in such a situation, as difficult as it is, it is only right to correct the error… We would like to offer our sincere apology to Denise Garrido for this human error discovered while validating the results.” read a statement by BoC.

Garrido was then given the 3rd runner-up title, while Santos from Calgary was awarded the crown.

The final list of winners is as follows:

Miss Universe Canada 2013 ­ Riza Santos (Calgary, AB)
1st runner-up ­ Siera Bearchell (Moose Jaw, SK)
2nd runner-up ­ Diana Martin (Mississauga, ON)
3rd runner-up ­ Denise Garrido (Bradford, ON)
4th runner-up ­ Michelle McKay (Sarnia, ON)

Santos relayed her excitement through a statement in Facebook.

“I would like to say thank you to God, my family, friends, and all of my supporters during this humbling yet rewarding journey to become Miss Universe Canada. I can’t begin to express my gratitude and excitement to represent Canada on the international stage. It’s an honour to represent our country and I ask you for your continued support and prayers,” she said.

The 26-year old Filipina was born and raised in Alberta, Canada, but has established an acting career in the Philippines, where she played roles in 2008 film “Dobol Trobol,” for which she was nominated best actress in the Luna Awards. She was also a runner-up in reality show “Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2” in 2009.

According to Santos’ BoC profile page, she is an advocate of environmental awareness, which she promotes through her partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency and the Philippine Tourism Authority. 

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