During Armi Kuusela's first visit tot he Philippines in 1953 to crown the new Miss Philippines of that same year, she had the privilege to meet our leaders the likes of President Quirino and Eulogio Rodriguez. Then she left for Tokyo Japan unknown to her, Virgilio Hilario, a prominent Filipino Businessman followed her to Tokyo and the rest is history.
Evangeline Pascual could have been the first Asian to won Miss World in 1979 had she not refused to accept the crown. But as it turned out, Evangeline had all the right reasons for letting it go. Held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the 1973 Miss World pageant ended up in a tie between Evangeline and Miss USA Marjorie Wallace. The latter eventually won but dethroned months later for failing to fulfill her responsibilities.
Losing in a contest is one thing but failing to win a crown then falling from the stage afterwards is something else. That’s called double whammy. Sadly, this is the fate that Criselda Cecilio met during the 1979 Miss Universe. Shortly after Maritza Sayalero of Venezuela was crowned, dozens of other contestants as well as members of the press rushed towards the stage to congratulate her. Due to overloading, a part of the catwalk collapsed.
Elvira Gonzales. Long before Janine Tugonon lost and eventually won the Miss Universe-Philippines crown, Elvira Gonzales already started the trend. She was the first Binibining Pilipinas candidate who joined the contest twice: in 1964 and 1965. But unlike Janine Tugonon, Elvira only ended up a runner-up in both attempts. Luckily, her daughter Charlene Gonzales continued her dream and eventually seized the much-coveted crown in 1994.