Newly-crowned Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago was scheduled to arrive in the country on Wednesday but was moved to a later date, the Manila International Airport Authority Media Affairs Division (MIAA-MAD) said.
In an earlier advisory, the MIAA-MAD said Santiago was set to arrive on Wednesday via Philippine Airlines flight PR 431 with estimated time of arrival of 1:30 pm.
But the MIAA-MAD, in a news bulletin an hour before the supposed arrival, said there was a change of flight schedule for Santiago and her new arrival date will be on December 24. The MIAA-MAD, however, said they have yet to receive the flight details.
Santiago, 23, is the fifth Filipina to capture the Miss International title earlier won by Gemma Teresa Cruz-Araneta in 1964, Aurora Pijuan in 1970, Melanie Marquez in 1979, and Precious Lara Quigaman in 2005. Philippine News Agency (PNA)
Note: We can only assume that the change of schedule was due to her victory in the Miss International 2013 pageant, and she has to fulfill commitments / personal appearances in Japan after her win.
UPDATE: Malacanang has congratulated Bea Rose for her achievement. In a statement, the Aquino administration praised Santiago for her intelligence as well as her compassion for her countrymen.
"She is a fine exemplar of the best of Filipino womanhood: intelligent, talented and imbued with compassion for our countrymen. As he did when they met at the gathering of the Filipino community last week, the President (Aquino) once again extends to our new Miss International our people's highest compliments and best wishes," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.
Image Source: Bea Rose Santiago / Instagram