Stephen Diaz (right) with 2016 Miss International Kylie Verzosa/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY STEPHEN DIAZ

Stephen Diaz (proper) with 2016 Pass over Global Kylie Verzosa/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY STEPHEN DIAZ

MANILA, Philippines — Stephen Diaz has been promoted as the top director of the Global Cultural Affiliation (ICA), the nongovernment group that mounts the yearly Pass over Global attractiveness festival, one of the prestigious competitions on the earth.

“With this place, I’m accepting the problem of constructing Pass over Global probably the most thrilling annual festival of all,” the Tokyo-based Filipino stated on his Twitter account on April 5. He has been functioning because the affiliation’s advertising supervisor, and was once promoted to his new put up on April 3 as the primary Filipino to suppose it.

“I didn’t be expecting they’d give this place to a non-Eastern,” Diaz advised the Inquirer in an unique interview performed on-line. He has been with ICA in an reputable capability for simply over 4 years, however stated he has been serving to the group “again in 2013 to 2017 as a Missosology correspondent.”

Missosology is a world festival web page turning in information and updates about attractiveness contests to audiences international. “I used to be overlaying the [Miss International] festival and serving to as a volunteer personnel, till Akemi (Shimomura, ICA chair) headhunted me throughout [2017 winner] Kevin Liliana’s 12 months,” Diaz shared.

With Diaz’s contemporary promotion, he has moved up the hierarchy and can now without delay report back to Shimomura about issues in terms of the Pass over Global and Pass over Global Japan pageants. The affiliation mounts each the worldwide and nationwide annual competitions.

“It manner I’m taking price of what’s going to occur at Pass over Global ahead of, throughout, and after the festival. I approve who will probably be our license holders,” he shared, whilst additionally clarifying that his promotion nonetheless does now not make him that omnipotent “in the entire Pass over Paris Staff as a conglomerate.”

Diaz has been overlaying the Pass over Global festival in Japan for greater than a decade ahead of he formally joined ICA, and has witnessed how Valuable Lara Quigaman broke 1 / 4 of a century name drought for the Philippines when she captured the crown in 2005, 26 years since Melanie Marquez captured the name in 1979.

Stephen Diaz (right) with 2005 Miss International Precious Lara Quigaman/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY STEPHEN DIAZ

Stephen Diaz (proper) with 2005 Pass over Global Valuable Lara Quigaman/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY STEPHEN DIAZ

Out of all of the maximum prestigious overseas pageants on the earth, the Philippines has discovered maximum good fortune within the Pass over Global festival with a complete of six winners. Excluding Quigaman and Marquez, the opposite Filipino queens are Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Bea Rose Santiago (2013), and Kylie Verzosa (2016).

The 2023 Pass over Global festival, the 61st version of the worldwide tilt, will probably be held on the Yoyogi Fitness center No. 2 in Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan, on Oct. 26. Binibining Pilipinas Nicole Borromeo will constitute the Philippines within the festival. EDV

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