A 20-year-old girl from the Pacific island of Guam won the 1971 Miss Asia title in Manila on Saturday night.
A 20-year-old girl from the Pacific island of Guam won the 1971 Miss Asia title in Manila on Saturday night. Her name is Flora Baza, a student who in her spare time helps straighten out the lives of juvenile delinquents.
Fourteen beautiful girls from all over Asia and the Pacific paraded before the judges - first in formal evening wear and later in swimsuits.
Early favourites were entrants from India, Australia, Thailand and Ceylon. But there was no much beauty and talent that it was a tough job to choose who should get the first prize of 20,000 pesos (about US$3,200), a trophy and a tour of Asian countries.
In addition, there were secondary prizes. Miss Thailand won the 'Most Friendly' title, while Miss Malaysia took the 'Most Photogenic' crown.
At the end of the evening, all eyes were on the six finalists. The judges pronounced in favour of Miss Guam, followed by entrants from the Philippines, South Korea and Australia.
The dark-haired winner who was the smallest of the girls said she was 'so happy for the people of Guam.' She succeeds Zeenat Aman of India who was the 1970 Miss Asia.