Miss Philippines-World Gwendoline Ruais is back in Manila after a fruitful stint at the Miss World pageant in London recently.
During a reception and press conference at Midas Hotel on the boulevard, the half-French Filipina beauty who came home with the First Princess title, thanked her countrymen who showed their support all throughout the competition. She said she was happy having represented the Philippines and that she did her best in the contest to make her country proud.
SMDC, a key partner of Miss World Philippines presented Ruais with a fully-furnished condominium unit as part of her prizes in winning the Miss World Philippines 2011 title.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Senate adopted Resolution No. 646 commending Ruais for giving honor to the country by placing first runner-up, and for showcasing stunning beauty, commendable personality and exceptional intelligence. She received the copy of the resolution from Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, author of the S.R. 646.
The 21-year old Ruais the daughter of a former Air France executive and a former model. She is a business and management graduate of the Southville Foreign University in Muntinlupa City.
The Philippines came closest to the Miss World title in 1973 when Evangeline Pascual placed first runner-up and then again in the early ’90s when Ruffa Gutierrez finished 3rd runner-up with the title 2nd Princess. Cecilia Amabuyok was fourth runner-up in 1968. Other placement of Philippine bets was the Top 5 finish of Maria Rafaela Yunon in 2003 and Karla Bautista in 2004.