Filipinos are justly proud that the Philippines ranks third, after Venezuela and the United States, among top-performing countries in major beauty pageants. Fans viscerally link these global competitions with physical beauty, at times ignoring the equal weight placed by judges on talent and diverse skills, personal achievements, and poise amid pressure. Fiesta In America’s Grand Pilipinas Fiesta Pageant recognizes the value of striking a balance. The Grand Pilipinas Fiesta Princess and Grand Pilipinas Fiesta Queen competitions place accomplishments in school and the workplace, affinity with Filipino heritage, as well as community involvement, on roughly equal footing with outward appeal. In fact, candidates are asked to assist in raising funds for worthwhile causes.