Published: Wednesday 15 November, 2017

WATCH Kylie Verzosa’s Farewell Speech as Miss International 2016

On Tuesday, Kylie Verzosa of the Philippines passed her Miss International crown to the new winner, Kevin Lilliana of Indonesia. It had been as fruitful year for Kylie as Miss International 2016.

Kylie Verzosa

Kylie Verzosa delivering her farewell speech as Miss International 2016. (Twitter image)

In her farewell speech, Kylie Verzosa expressed her gratitude to the people who made the last twelve months a life-changing experience for her – friends, family, supporters from all over the globe, and the Miss International organization.

The full transcript of Kylie Verzosa’s speech follows:

A year ago, I earned the title of Miss International 2016, with three things firmly planted in my mind — culture, education and international understanding. Since winning the title on October 2016, I have been given the privilege of visiting over 15 countries in Asia, Europe, North and South America.

Visiting these countries has made me embark on a cultural journey where diversity and difference are not to be regarded as barriers but as resources and opportunities for international understanding

I firmly believe that my yearlong experience has strengthened my resolve that an openness to others and international understanding will expand one’s horizons. As Miss International I have been and will continue to be the symbol of that ideal.

I then wish to thank the Miss International organization for giving me and my sisters a platform to pursue our dreams.

I wish to thank my friends and my family back in the Philippines, my supporters from all around the world, for keeping me grounded and for your undying love and support.

To the next Miss International may you prove to be the best version of yourself during your reign, may your reign be a shining symbol of everything good that Miss International stands for. Thank you.