Anna was visiting Australia at the time and agreed to represent the Philippines but was not able to compete, due to some misunderstanding with the Australian pageant organizers. It was not known what could have been the misunderstanding but this was a sad news for some of the followers of the pageant since they were denied of the chance of having the daughter of Finland's most successful Miss Universe.
Indeed, it was a big loss not only to the Queen of the Pacific Quest but all over the international beauty arena.
Interestingly, this is the only pageant where we see Indonesia as one of the powerhouses. This third most populous country won the pageant twice making second in overall ranking next to then beauty powerhouse, the Philippines.
We have to remember that this was the era the Philippines was one of the most successful countries in beauty pageants. If Venezuela, Puerto Rico and India are so successful today, that status was once held by the Philippines together with Australia, USA, Brazil and Israel during the sixties and seventies. This was the era we practically saw a Miss Philippines in the finals of most of the pageants around the world.
Going back to the pageant, the first winner was Betty Lim Saw Yim of Malaysia. The Philippines won it thrice. They had also numerous runner up winners including Miss Crowning Glory, Miss Photogenic and Miss Friendship awards.
Sadly, the show was last seen in 1983 where we first saw the James Bond actress, Michelle Yeoh, competing for Malaysia. Michelle eventually joined Miss World.
The second winner of Queen of Pacific Quest, Philippines Maria Rita Lacson Santiago. She was also that year's Miss Crowning Glory.
A gallery of the contestants of 1975 Queen of Pacific Quest. It was printed by Melbourne's Herald on Saturday, 01 March 1975. Pictures of Misses Papua-New Guinea and Thailand were not received in time for publication
The winners of the pageant in 1975. At the center is Miss Indonesia, Francisca Warastoeti. Her runners up were Hong Kong's Bonnie Gokson Kwok Chi Yee and Malaysia's Pamela Oo Ai See.
Then outgoing Queen of Pacific Quest winner during the 1972 pageant. She is Nelia de los Reyes Sancho of the Philippines.