Beauty Queen to Auction Off Mikimoto Crown and Donate Proceeds to Fishermen Rammed by Chinese Vessel

A beauty queen with a heart — Miss International 1970 Aurora Pijuan has announced that she will be auctioning off her Mikimoto crown and is donating all proceeds to the 22 Filipino fishermen whose boat was rammed by a Chinese vessel at the West Philippine Sea last month.

Mikimoto Crown for Auction

Source: Leon Exchange

Aurora told ABS-CBN News, “I’m going to give the proceeds to them in the hopes that this gift to me, really, a gift to our nation when I won the title in 1970, will have real value and significance today.”

The gold and pearl-encrusted tiara will be up for auction from July 20 to 21 at the Leòn Exchange Online Auction Edition 12 by Leòn Gallery, organized for the benefit of the fishermen. It’s going at a starting bid of PHP 60,000, but Aurora said she hopes it would reach around PHP 500,000 to match the donation made by former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario.

Aurora is the second Filipina to win Miss International. The tiara, which she has kept since in her attic, is actually a smaller version of the crown she won during the 1970 pageant which took place in Osaka, Japan.

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