Miss Tourism International 2012 (Philippines)
Philippines wins Miss Tourism International 2012
Newly crowned Miss Tourism International 2012 World Final Rizzini Alexis Gomez, center, of Philippines poses for a photo with first runner-up Monika Radulovic, second from left, of Australia, second runner-up Marielis Alejandra Castellanos Perez, second from right, of Venezuela, third runner-up Lourdes Maria Del Carmen Motta Rolon, left, of Paraguay, and fourth runner-up Jun Yong Wan Jun of Malaysia after the beauty pageant held during the New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Sunway Resort in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.
The 22-year-old Cebuana bested 55 other delegates from around the world vying for the crown. Gomez is the second Filipina to win the crown after Miss Tourism International 2000 Maria Esperanza. The pageant began in 1994.
Completing the Top 10 semi-finalists were the contestants from China, India, New Zealand, Russia and Thailand. Only 10 beauties made the final cut this year.
Mongolia was awarded Best National Costume, and Malaysia won Best in Talent. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)