The Philippine bet Kylie Verzosa on Thursday bagged the Miss International 2016 title in a coronation ceremony held at Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan. Contestants from Australia, Indonesia, Nicaragua and USA were the first, second, third and fourth runner ups respectively.

Kylie Verzosa Miss International 2016 | AP Image For InUth.com

Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa, center, waves with first runner-up Miss Australia Alexandra Britton, left, and second runner-up Miss Indonesia Felicia Hwang after being crowned 2016 Miss Internationalduring the final of the beauty pageant in Tokyo, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. AP/PTI

Earlier, Verzosa had said that she would be focusing on “cultural and international understanding” if she wins. After winning, she acknowledged everyone who helped her succeed. She said, “I cannot believe this moment right now, and I am ecstatic and happy. Thank you so much to my family, to the Philippines, to everyone who supported me. I did not go through this journey alone, but I had a lot of help from the people who love me. I deeply appreciate this. This moment has only happened in my dreams. Thank you so much, Japan. Thank you, Miss International.”