Aquino refuses to say he's lucky charm of Filipina beauties

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

(Updated) PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said Wednesday that he did not consider himself as a lucky charm to Filipina beauties who recently won in different beauty contests.

The Chief Executive made the statement after Bea Rose Santiago won Tuesday night in the Miss International pageant held in Tokyo, Japan, and Megan Young who was crowned recently as Miss World in the contest held in Bali, Indonesia.

Aquino was in Tokyo last week where he attended the Asean-Japan (Association of Southeast Asian Nations - Japan) Commemorative Summit and in his meeting with the Filipino community during that trip, Santiago was present and he wished her good luck in the competition.

In the case of Young, the President also went to Indonesia shortly after the actress turned beauty queen won the Miss World title.

"Megan won before I arrived in Bali. I think the contest had finished already and people were greeting me na, 'From Philippines, Ms. World, Ms. World," Aquino said.

"Do I consider myself a lucky charm? Kapal naman ng mukha ko (kung) sasabihin ko I’m a lucky charm to anybody," he said.

But the President said that if some people consider him a lucky charm, "thank you. But, I don't think I can pronounce myself such."

Meanwhile, Vice President Jejomar Binay congratulated Santiago for winning the country's fifth Miss International title.

"Bea’s victory is yet another feather in our cap of victories in international beauty pageants this year. For a nation recently beset by tragedies, her victory gives us another reason to cheer and remain hopeful that better times lie ahead," he said.

Binay also hoped that Santiago will showcase the "beauty and resiliency of the Filipino spirit" during her reign.

Santiago's title-clinching answer on Tuesday focused on giving sympathy and hope to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which has killed over 6,000 people since it barreled through Visayas on November 8.

The beauty queen hails from Masbate, one of the provinces affected by the world's strongest storm to hit land this year. (Virgil Lopez/SDR/Sunnex)

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