Riza Santos

Riza Raquel Santos[fn 1] (born August 31, 1989)[1] is a currently the Vice President of Argyle Fox Inc., a technology firm headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.[2] and a former Canadian actress, TV Host and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Earth Canada 2006, Miss World Canada 2011 and Miss Universe Canada 2013.

Riza Santos
Riza Raquel Santos at 2019 Daytime Emmys.jpg
Riza Raquel Santos at the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Riza Raquel Santos[fn 1]

(1989-08-31) August 31, 1989 (age 30)[1]
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown

Personal lifeEdit

Santos was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Santos is of mixed heritage: Spanish and Chinese and Filipino.[3]

As an advocate for environmental protection, Santos worked with the Canadian International Development Agency upon graduating high school. She also served with the Canadian Forces Army Reserve. Riza attended Rocky Mountain Bible and the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering.[4]

Corporate and Technology experienceEdit

Riza Raquel Santos is currently a technology executive, working as the Vice President of Argyle Fox Inc. She is instrumental in both software project and sales cycles, and is a corporate and market strategist, helping companies achieve their mandates by identifying opportunities to streamline operations and grow market share. She also helps to build strategic partnerships with firms and individuals. As an executive in the technology sector, she believes in empowering young women for success in careers in tech.[5]

Television experienceEdit

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.[6] In 2008 and 2009, she hosted the Asian Poker Tour.[7] She has made several other television and film appearances.

Miss Universe Canada 2013Edit

Santos competed at the 2013 edition of Miss Universe Canada held in Toronto where she was hailed 1st Runner up to Denise Garrido. However, 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 experienceEdit

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.[8][9] 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.[10] 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. .[11][12][13] She later represented Canada at the Miss Universe 2013 competition in Moscow, Russia.

She represented the Philippines for Miss Global 2019 at Mexico and was placed 3rd Runner Up.



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[11] Official Television Host
2008 Asian Poker Tour[11] Official Television Host
2008 I Love Betty La Fea[14][15] Amanda (model)
2008 Miss Earth[16][17] Television Host
2008 Philippines Scariest Challenge Herself/Contestant
2008 Lovebooks Presents[11] Giselle
2008 Palos[11][18] Lady Simona
2008 Wheel of Fortune[11] Guest
2008 Love Spell[11] Living Doll
2008 ASAP Herself (singer/dancer)
2007 Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2[6] Celebrity Housemate; Runner-up
2006 Deal or No Deal[11] Guest


  1. ^ a b Riza Santos was born in Canada.


  1. ^ a b https://g.co/kgs/m9fk14
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1aiFEYIbm0
  3. ^ http://rizasantos.ca/about-riza.php
  4. ^ [1] Archived May 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ https://rizaraquel.com
  6. ^ a b Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (January 5, 2008). "Ruben Gonzaga wins "Pinoy Big Brother" Celebrity Edition 2". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  7. ^ Train, F. (January 29, 2009). "Day 1a Draws to a Close". Poker News. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  8. ^ Yan, Carrie B. (June 30, 2011). "Miss World Canada 2011 Riza Raquel Santos". Global Pinoy. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  9. ^ Miss Universe Canada (May 2013). "Miss Universe Canada 2013 Final Results". Archived from the original on December 16, 2013.
  10. ^ "Site Suspended - This site has stepped out for a bit". Rosotro.com. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h Requintina, Robert R. (May 27, 2011). "Canada's Miss World is Filipina". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  12. ^ "Miss World Canada 2012 | Winner 2011". Missworldcanada.com. November 6, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  13. ^ Avante, Wells (November 27, 2006). "Miss Chile crowned Miss Earth 2006". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  14. ^ Godinez, Bong (September 8, 2008). "Ruffa Gutierrez criticizes Riza Santos for tardiness in "Betty La Fea" taping". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  15. ^ Santiago, Erwin (September 13, 2008). "Riza Santos apologizes to Ruffa Gutierrez, but insists on her innocence". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  16. ^ Mata, Paul (November 10, 2008). "Miss Philippines Karla Henry wins Ms Earth pageant". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  17. ^ "Miss Earth Post Coronation, November 9, 2008, Philippines". Jamaican.com. November 19, 2008. Archived from the original on September 23, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  18. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (March 5, 2008). "Jake Cuenca and Riza Santos get intimate in "Palos"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved April 7, 2012.

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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