In case you missed the news: Our own Kylie Verzosa was crowned as Miss International 2016. It’s been a few hours since her win and we’re bringing you more details leading up to Kylie’s coronation.
During their stay in Tokyo, Kylie and the other Miss International contestants toured the country—eating sushi, wearing a kimono, hanging out with local school children, and even meeting President Rodrigo Duterte during his recent visit.
This has to be my favorite part of the trip so far! This was my highschool class, a few of them showed me around, a welcome tea ceremony, Japanese temple, and how to play the Koto (Japanese Harp). Almost teared when we had to leave. 👫 #Saimatahighschool #visitjapan #japaneseculture #missinternational2016
Now, let’s talk about the gowns. Kylie wore a custom Francis Libiran evening gown with his signature intricate bead work. Francis also made her avant-garde terno which, he notes, is inspired by the architecture of the San Agustin Church.
Here's the sketch of the avant-garde Philippine Terno designed by Francis Libiran for Miss International Philippines 2016, Kylie Verzosa. Inspired by the intricate carvings of San Agustin Church, the oldest church in the Philippines, this wearable Francis Libiran art piece is Kylie's national costume for #MissInternational2016. 🇵🇭👑🇵🇭 #FrancisLibiran #KylieVerzosa #Philippines #ForThePhilippines
Not to mention that Kylie impressed everyone at the Tokyo Dome Hall and those who were watching the livestream yesterday during the top 15 speech round. “If I become Miss International 2016, I will devote myself to cultural understanding and international understanding because I believe that it is in developing in each of us sensitivity to other cultures that we expand our horizons, tolerate difference and appreciate diversity,” she answered. You can watch her full speech in the video below.
Even though Kylie didn’t win any special awards last night, she still looked graceful up to the moment she was crowned by last year’s winner Edymar Martinez from Venezuela. Meanwhile, Kylie expressed her gratitude to all her supporters in the Philippines, as well as Edymar for being an inspiration to her.
I cannot believe it. I cannot express how i feel right now, but I am ecstatic. Its been only a dream. Thank you to my family, mentors, designers, my Angels. Your prayers have worked, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much! We have worked very hard to get this. To the girls in the competition, it was tough, but im glad i had you to go through with it. I love you all dearly, you are all beautiful. To the organization, thank you so much for having me. I cannot wait to start my new year with you! I have big plans. Thank you so much for having me. To Edymar, you've been such an inspiration; your beauty is beyond compare, I cannot believe still i am following your footsteps. I can only wish to do as good as you. I am so grateful. Dōmo arigatōgozaimasu Japan, I'm so happy. Philippines, this is for you. 🇵🇭🇯🇵
For winning the crown, Kylie will be working on projects which promotes international understanding worldwide.
Again, congratulations, Kylie!