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Arene Cecilia Anas Amabuyok: First Filipina Miss World placer

Arene Cecilia Anas Amabuyok became the first Filipina to acquire a placement in Miss World. She also holds the record for being the first ever Filipina to land in the top 5 finalists of Miss World. She finished as the fourth runner-up to Miss World 1968 Penelope Plummer of Australia. She was in fact the first Roman Catholic nun to be in a beauty pageant. Her Mother Superior was enraged after she clandestinely entered and won the Miss Republic of the Philippines beauty contest. Cecilia managed to persuade the convent sisters that she would bring them pride - “Now everyone will know that nuns can be beautiful and nice, too” - and she was ultimately bequested four weeks’ leave of absence.

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