Riza Santos (born August 31, 1987) is a Canadian television personality and beauty queen.


 [hide*1 Personal life

Personal life[edit]Edit

Santos was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. Her parents immigrated to Canada in the 1970s. Santos is of mixed heritage: FilipinoSpanish, and Chinese.[2] Her grandparents influenced her in pursuing a career in the military in which she completed her basic military qualification and soldier qualification with the Canadian Armed Forces.[1]

As an advocate for environmental protection, Santos worked with the Canadian International Development Agency upon graduating high school. She also attended Rocky Mountain Bible and the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering. [1]

Television experience and honour(s)[edit]Edit

During her participation with Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2, she played for Bantay Bata, ABS-CBN Foundation's charitable institution. On Day 84, she was proclaimed the second place winner of the show.[3] In 2008 and 2009, she hosted the Asian Poker Tour.[4] She has made several other television and film appearances.

She also landed at #18 in the "FHM's 100 Sexiest Women" in the Philippines in 2008.[5]

Miss Universe Canada 2013[edit]Edit

Santos competed at the 2013 edition of Miss Universe Canada held in Toronto where she was hailed 1st Runner up to Denise Garrido. 24 hours later, it was later revealed that she originally won due to a typo error in the ratings of the Top 5 entries, which afterwards, significantly impacted the final results of the competition. A week later, she was officially crowned as the new Miss Universe Canada 2013 in her hometown, CalgaryAlberta. This is the first instance of this type of error in the 11 years that Beauties of Canada (BOC) has produced the Miss Universe Canada pageant. Garrido has actually ranked as third runner-up.

Previous pageant experience[edit]Edit

She is a Triple National Pageant winner, having gone on to compete in three of the Big Four international beauty pageants. She competed and won Miss Earth Canada 2006Miss World Canada 2011 and most recently Miss Universe Canada 2013.[6][7] She competed in the Miss Earth 2006 pageant, in which she was given the Miss Earth Photogenic 2006, Miss Earth Talent 2006 Finalist, 5 Special Awards. [8] She also competed in Miss World 2011 contest, where she placed 30th out of 120 contestants and she also placed 4th in the Sport Talent competition. .[9][10][11] She later represented Canada at the Miss Universe 2013 competition in MoscowRussia.



Year Title Role
2009 Road Raiders[9] Erin
2008 Dobol Trobol[9][12] Bonifacia/Bonnie
2008 Ikaw Pa Rin[9] Miss Canada
2008 When Love Begins[9] Catherine


Year Title Role
2013 Miss Universe 2013 Herself as Canada's representative
2009 Asian Poker Tour[9] Official Television Host
2008 Asian Poker Tour[9] Official Television Host
2008 I Love Betty La Fea[13][14] Amanda (model)
2008 Miss Earth[15][16] Television Host
2008 Lovebooks Presents[9] Giselle
2008 Palos[9][17] Lady Simona
2008 Wheel of Fortune[9] Guest
2008 Love Spell[9] Living Doll
2008 ASAP Herself (singer/dancer)
2007 Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2[3] Celebrity Housemate
2006 Deal or No Deal[9] Guest
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