Miss World Canada 2011 Riza Raquel Santos Posted by Carrie B. Yan on 06/30/2011 03:01 PM
Filipina-Canadian Riza Raquel Santos is making another appearance in the pageant circuit after she was crowned Miss World Canada 2011 at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond, British Colombia last May 19. After winning over 21 other contestants, she will represent Canada at the Miss World 2011 beauty pageant to be held in London on November 8.
Succeeding Denise Garrido, who was in among the Top 25 semi-finalists in the Miss World 2010 pageant, the 5'7" beauty is the first Filipino to win the title.
This is not the first time Riza is representing Canada. In 2006, she competed in the Miss Earth pageant held in the Philippines, where she earned the Miss Photogenic and Miss Fontana awards. She also gained popularity in the country, becoming a showbiz personality.
Following this, Riza joined Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2, playing for ABS-CBN Foundation's Bantay Bata. She finished as the 2nd Big Placer. She then got a role opposite Vic Sotto in the blockbuster movie "Dobol Trobol: Let's Get Redi 2 Rambol!" and appeared in the films "When Love Begins" and "Ikaw Parin." She also made television appearances on ASAP, Love Spell, Palos, Lovebooks Presents, and I Love Betty La Fea. She was one of the hosts in the Miss Earth 2008 pageant and also hosted the 2008 and 2009 Asian Poker Tour.
Born on August 31, 1986, Riza is of Filipino, Spanish and Chinese ancestry. An engineering major at the University of Calgary, she also completed training courses with the Canadian forces.