MAP: PH and the world in Big 4 beauty pageants

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – On Tuesday, December 17, Miss Philippines Bea Rose Santiago won the Miss International crown, besting 66 beautiful ladies from around the world.

This is the 52nd time the Philippines has sent a delegate to the Miss International pageant, with the first during its inaugural in 1960. Santiago is the 5th Filipina Miss International titleholder.

Miss International is considered among the "Big 4" beauty pageants, along with Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Earth.

The Philippines has participated in a total of 169 "Big 4" pageants since 1952. A total of 32 Filipina beauties have made it to the final round, with 9 winning the crown.

Besides Santiago, our most recent beauty pageant winners were Precious Lara Quigaman (Miss International 2005), Karla Paula Henry (Miss Earth 2008) and Megan Young (Miss World 2013). With Young's win, we join Brazil and Venezuela as the only countries to have titleholders in all 4 pageants.

How does The Philippines fare compared to other countries that have joined "Big 4" beauty pageants?

In the map above, click on a country to view its performance. Details including a country's wins and inclusion in the finals will appear in the window found to the right of the map. Switch views between the countries' participation and their wins in "Big 4" pageants by clicking on the radio buttons above the map.

The United States has competed in 189 "Big 4" pageants, the most by any country. France, Germany, Japan and Venezuela round up the top 5 countries.

As seen in the map, countries in North America, South America, Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden) and western Europe are the most participative.

Joining these countries which have been in more than 100 pageants are:

On the other hand, most countries in the Middle East and northern Africa, together with the likes of Brunei, East Timor, Laos, and North Korea have not yet participated in any "Big 4" pageant.

Out of 216 current and former countries, only 57 have won a "Big 4" beauty pageant crown. Venezuela has won the most crowns with 21, followed by the United States with 14. The Philippines is in third place, with 9 wins. –

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Michael Bueza

Michael is a data curator under Rappler's Tech Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.