Riza Santos

Riza Santos
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Riza Raquel Santos[fn 1]
(1986-08-31) August 31, 1986
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 116 lb (53 kg)
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Earth Canada 2006
Miss World Canada 2011
Miss Universe Canada 2013
Miss Earth Canada 2006
Miss Earth 2006
(Unplaced; 80th place; Miss Photogenic)
Miss World Canada 2011
Miss World 2011
(Top 31; 28th place)
Miss Universe Canada 2013
Miss Universe 2013

Riza Raquel Santos[fn 1] (born August 31, 1986) is a Canadian actress, TV Host and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Earth Canada 2006, Miss World Canada 2011 and Miss Universe Canada 2013.

Personal life

Santos was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Her parents immigrated to Canada in the 1970s. Santos is of mixed heritage: Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese.[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.[2]

Television experience and honour(s)

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

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, Calgary, Alberta. 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

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 2006, Miss 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 Moscow, Russia but failed to place.



Year Title Role
2015 Painkillers Madelline
2014 Water Wars Eryn
2008 Dobol Trobol: Lets Get Redi 2 Rambol! Boni
2008 Ikaw Pa Rin: Bongga ka boy! Miss Canada
2008 When Love Begins Christine


Year Title Role
2015 The King of Fighters 2000: 10 YEARS AFTER Bonne Jenet (voice only)
2013 Miss Universe 2013 Herself as Canada's representative; 20th place
2009 Asian Poker Tour[9] Official Television Host
2008 Asian Poker Tour[9] Official Television Host
2008 I Love Betty La Fea[12][13] Amanda (model)
2008 Miss Earth[14][15] Television Host
2008 Philippines Scariest Challenge Herself/Contestant
2008 Lovebooks Presents[9] Giselle
2008 Palos[9][16] 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; Runner-up
2006 Deal or No Deal[9] Guest


  1. 1 2 Riza Santos was born in Canada. Thus, she does not possess her mother's maiden name which is Buenaventura.


  1. http://rizasantos.ca/about-riza.php
  2. Archived May 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. 1 2 Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (5 January 2008). "Ruben Gonzaga wins "Pinoy Big Brother" Celebrity Edition 2". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  4. Train, F. (29 January 2009). "Day 1a Draws to a Close". Poker News. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  5. Buan-Deveza, Reyma (23 July 2008). "PBB ex-housemate Riza Santos denies snubbing Katrina Halili". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  6. Yan, Carrie B. (30 June 2011). "Miss World Canada 2011 Riza Raquel Santos". Global Pinoy. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  7. Miss Universe Canada (May 2013). "Miss Universe Canada 2013 Final Results".
  8. "Site Suspended - This site has stepped out for a bit". Rosotro.com. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Requintina, Robert R. (27 May 2011). "Canada's Miss World is Filipina". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  10. "Miss World Canada 2012 | Winner 2011". Missworldcanada.com. 2011-11-06. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  11. Avante, Wells (27 November 2006). "Miss Chile crowned Miss Earth 2006". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  12. Godinez, Bong (8 September 2008). "Ruffa Gutierrez criticizes Riza Santos for tardiness in "Betty La Fea" taping". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  13. Santiago, Erwin (13 September 2008). "Riza Santos apologizes to Ruffa Gutierrez, but insists on her innocence". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  14. Mata, Paul (10 November 2008). "Miss Philippines Karla Henry wins Ms Earth pageant". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  15. "Miss Earth Post Coronation, November 9, 2008, Philippines". Jamaican.com. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  16. Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (5 March 2008). "Jake Cuenca and Riza Santos get intimate in "Palos"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Katherine McClure
Miss Earth Canada
Succeeded by
Jessica Trisko
Preceded by
Denise Garrido
Miss World Canada
Succeeded by
Tara Teng
Preceded by
Sahar Biniaz
Miss Universe Canada
Succeeded by
Chanel Beckenlehner
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