Sunday, December 15, 2013

Miss Russia is Miss Intercontinental 2013; Miss Philippines is 3rd runner-up

Miss Russia Ekaterina Plekhova was crowned as  Miss Intercontinental 2013 besting 58 other contestants last December 14, 2013 (Saturday evening; early Sunday morning in the Philippines) at the Maritim Hall, Maritim Hotel Madgeburg in Magdeburg, Germany.

Miss Philippines Koreen Medina won as 3rd runner-up.

This is the 42nd edition of Miss Intercontinental pageant, founded in Aruba in 1973. The organization is based in Panama City, Panama.

It is Russia's second win. Philippines has not won the title yet. Both Venezuela (1974, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2012) and USA (1973, 1979, 1982, 1994, 2011) got the highest number of Miss Intercontinental crowns won with 5 each. Aside from Russia, the countries that won the title twice are Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India and Lebanon.

Photo courtesy of Koreen Medina's Facebook Page
Top 5 Winners:
Miss Intercontinental 2013 - Miss Russia Ekaterina Plekhova
1st runner-up - Miss Puerto Rico Aleyda E. Ortiz Rodriguez
2nd runner-up - Miss Colombia Margarita Maria Peralta Tovar
3rd runner-up - Miss Philippines Koreen Medina
4th runner-up - Miss South Africa Kayla Nel 

Miss Intercontinental 2013 - Top 5 Q & A

The other 10 finalists in the Top 15:
Elena Schmidt (Germany)
Sara Bello (Panama)
Branda Munoz (Costa Rica)
Natalia Pigula (Poland)
Yolanda Smallegange (Curacao)
Brigitta Timar (Hungary)
Hannah Langley Carson (New Zealand)
Keeratiga Sawangjang (Thailand)
Josefina Jimenez (Argentina)
Alexandra Devine (England)

Special Awards:

Miss Photogenic:
Berth Elouga (Portugal)
Alexandria Eissinger (Denmark) – 1st runner up
Danielle Lynch (Scotland) – 2nd runner up

Miss Press:
Fulya Kilic (Turkey)
Elena Schmidt (Germany) – 1st runner up
Chloe Beth Morgan (Wales) – 2nd runner up

Miss Congeniality:
Elena Schmidt (Germany)
Shontonia Hall (Barbados) – 1st runner up
Odilia Garcia Pineda (Peru) – 2nd runner up

Best in Evening Gown:
Josefina Jimenez (Argentina)*
Yolanda Smallegange (Curacao) – 1st runner up
Ekaterina Plekhova (Russia) – 2nd runner up
*Argentina received the Gown from the contestant of Colombia (Margarita Peralta Tovar), the prize money was shared 50/50  

Best in Swimwear:
Aleyda Ortiz (Puerto Rico)
Yolanda Smallegange (Curacao) – 1st runner up
Lucia Kakurova (Slovak Republik) – 2nd runner up

Best in Smile:
Aleyda Ortiz (Puerto Rico)
Vanessa Muff (Canada) – 1st runner up
Alexandra Devine (England) – 2nd runner up

Best in National Costume:
Sara Bello (Panama)
Ekaterina Plekhova (Russia) – 1st runner up
Henriette Mbou Wbouono (Gabon) - 2nd runner up

Miss Philippines Koreen Medina in her talent showcase

Medina represented the country after winning Mutya ng Pilipinas - Asia Pacific International 2013. She was a Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2 contestant, the Grand Prize winner in the Coca-Cola Music Talent Search Finals in 2011, and the Grand Winner of My Girl, a beauty pageant search of ABS-CBN's lunch time variety show.

 Miss Intercontinental 2013: The Crowning Moment

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