THROWBACK: First Miss Universe winner Armi Helena Kuusela at The Manila Hotel


The (according to the website Resort shared a unprecedented picture of the 1st Omit Universe titleholder Armi Helena Kuusela of Finland taking part in her keep on the premiere resort.

Within the picture, Armi is noticed having a full of life chat with the (according to the website Resort’s then Common Supervisor Mr. Hollman.
It was once within the Philippines the place Armi met her long run husband hotelier Virgilio Hilario.

How their love tale advanced: After she was once topped Omit Universe in Lengthy Seashore, California on June 28, 1952, the Finnish govt requested her to wait the Olympics in Helsinki. There she met the Philippines business delegation and invited her to wait the 1st Business World Exposition in (according to the website

Armi went to the Philippines together with her sister as chaperone.

At a dance in Baguio Town, the place Armi met Virgilio. This ended in a whirlwind courtship.

Armi didn’t end her reign, as she determined to marry Virgilio in Tokyo, Japan on Would possibly 4, 1953. They toured Hawaii, US, and Europe throughout their honeymoon prior to they determined to settle in (according to the website They have got 5 youngsters.

The couple have been a hit of their actual property trade. On Sept. 7, 1975, Hilario died of a center assault.

Armi remarried to American diplomat Albert N. Williams. They lived in Barcelona, Spain.

Right here’s an enchanting put up from the (according to the website Resort:

“From our archives, the arena’s first-ever Omit Universe titleholder, Armi Helena Kuusela, noticed right here having a full of life chat with The (according to the website Resort’s then Common Supervisor Mr. Hollman.

“Now 86, the Finnish-American charity employee and type was once topped at age 17. Since then, many attractiveness queens and illustrious personalities have graced the halls and loved the hospitality of The Grand Dame.

“The Omit Universe festival is the arena’s most well liked, and particularly with regards to the hearts of the Filipinos. The newest Omit Universe process on the resort was once the first-ever Press Presentation of the Omit Universe Philippines franchise on February 14, 2019.”