23 July 2009
Miss Philippines Lopena Maria Elena Salas Wins Miss Talent at Miss International Beauty
Miss Philippines - Manila Lopena Maria Elena Salas was proclaimed the winner of Miss Talent at the ongoing Miss International Beauty 2009 in China. The contest was held on July 21st in Mudanjiang City in China.
First Runner-up was Miss Puerto Rico - Ponce Pacheco Montanez Darli Arni. Second Runner-up was Miss China - Beijing Ye Ze Jin.
If you have visited the official website of the pageant, you will notice that some countries have two representatives. This is because two pageants were merged into one. Here is an explanation from Critical Beauty.
"A new pageant called "Miss International Beauty" is supposed to be taking place from July 5 to 28 in Urumqui, the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China's most western province. Urumqui witnessed deadly protests last weekend caused by ethnic tensions between the Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members of China's Han majority. On July 10th, the coordinator of the pageant, Alex Liu of ERM World, sent a note to all national directors informing them that the Miss International Beauty 2009 Contest will be moved to Daqing city in northern China. Another pageant, Miss Global Beauty Queen 2009 (also produced by ERM World), will be held from July 16 to August 2nd also in Daqing city. Liu informed the national directors that both pageants will be reorganized as one: "Two winners (Miss International Beauty 2009 and Miss Global Beauty Queen 2009) will be selected on the 1st August 2009 and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Runners ups will be the runner-ups of both contests."