Miss International 2006

Precious Lara Quigaman

Miss International (officially titled The International Beauty Pageant) is the fourth largest beauty pageant in the world. It was created in Long Beach, California, USA in 1960 after the departure of the Miss Universe pageant to Miami Beach. Hosted in Long Beach until 1967, the pageant moved to Japan from 1968–1970, being hosted each year in the same city as the Japan Expo. For 1971 and 1972, it was held in Long Beach again, but since that time it has been held annually in Japan.

Until Miss Earth began, Miss International was the third largest pageant in the world.

Also called a “Festival of Beauty” and even the “Olympics of Beauty”, this pageant is not based on looks alone. Contestants are expected to serve as “Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty”, showing tenderness, benevolence, friendship, beauty, intelligence, ability to take action, and, most importantly, a great international sensibility.

The ultimate goal of the Miss International beauty pageant is to promote world peace, goodwill, and understanding.

Miss International 2006 is the 46th Miss International pageant to be held in Tokyo, Japan and Beijing, China. The delegates are currently in Tokyo for the paageant. The delegates have started arriving in Tokyo, Japan on October 12, 2006. From Japan, the delegates will all fly to Beijing, China for the finals/coronation night on November 11, 2006. Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) International 2005, also Miss International 2005, Precious Lara Quigaman will crown her successor at the end of the show.

In late 2005, the purported content of Quigaman’s Miss International speech was posted and spread as a miniature Internet phenomenon. The speaker was asked “what do you say to the people of the world who have typecasted Filipinos as nannies?” and upheld the reputation as nannies as being consistent with the loving and caring culture of the Philippines. This has been roundly denied by Precious, who, though admiring the speech, noted that it could not have fit within the time constraints imposed by the contest. Her own speech, in response to the question, “What will you do if you become Miss International 2005?” concerned child education, deviating from her original intention of speaking on terrorism and poverty.

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