14 October 2008

Miss International 2008

Miss International 2008 will be held in Macau, a Special Administrative Region of China, on November 8th according to the official website of the pageant. The venue is the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel. The official press conference was held on March 12th at Venetian Macau to announce the venue and date of the pageant.

Miss International 2007, Priscila Perales Elizondo of Mexico, Miss Photogenic 2007, Hisako Shirata of Japan, and Miss Friendship, Kwan Hing Wong attended the press conference as guests and gave speech to media and journalists. 

The last Miss Macau winner, Agnes Lo, also attended the event to announce the revival of Miss Macau that was last held in 1997. As of this writing, the winner should have been selected since Miss Macau 2008 has been scheduled last September 6th.

Perales Elizondo won the crown in Tokyo last year and her courts include Despoina Vlepaki of Greece and Yuliya Sindzeyeva of Belarus as first and second runners up respectively. Elizondo also represented Mexico in the 2007 Miss Universe that was held in her country and she made it to finals.

Miss International started in 1960 in Long Beach, California, USA. The first winner is Stella Marquez of Colombia who is now based in the Philippines. Stella married a Filipino businessman and she now heads the Binibining Pilipinas or Miss Philippines in English.