Denise Garrido is Miss Universe Canada 2013 winner; Riza Santos is 1st Runner Up

Denise Garrido was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2013 on Saturday, May
25 (Sunday, May 26, MLA Time), and will be Canada's official representative to Miss Universe 2013 pageant happening this December.

A major favorite for the Miss Universe Canada 2013 crown, 26-year-old Denise Garrido won out of 57 candidates, including another big favorite
Filipino-Canadian Riza Santos, who finished as the 1st Runner Up.

Denise Garrido's profile at Miss Universe Canada's official web site says she was a Cum Laude graduate of Biomedical Sciences at the Laurentian University in Canada, and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Named 2nd Runner Up was Siera Bearchell, while Michelle McKay was the 3rd Runner Up and Diana Martin, also Miss Photogenic was the 4th Runner Up.


Probably one of toughest in Miss Universe Canada history, this year's edition had two candidates who already gained vast experience in representing Canada at major international pageants.

Denise Garrido competed at Miss Earth 2008, placed 3rd Runner Up at Miss Latin America 2009, was a Top 25 semi-finalist in the Miss World 2010 pageant and a Top 15 (7th) semi-finalist at Top Model of the World 2011.

Riza Raquel Santos meanwhile has already worn the Miss Canada sash at Miss Earth 2006, where she won Miss Photogenic, and at Miss World
2011, where she was among the Top 31 quarter-finalists.

Both big favorites and very deserving, Denise Garrido and Riza Santos were in fierce battle for the Miss Universe Canada 2013 crown. In the
end, Denise Garrido was crowned the winner with Riza Santos being named as 1st Runner Up, perhaps for the reason that Denise had bigger achievements than Riza in international pageantry.

Here in the Philippines, Riza was once a popular celebrity after placing 2nd in Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 and eventually became an
actress, and starred in the comedy box-office hit 'Dobol Trobol: Let's Get Redi 2 Rambol'.

Photos credit to Beauties Of Canada

About M.I.

Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.

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