A Miss World crown at last!
That’s what Filipinos all over the world exclaimed when Megan Young was crowned Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia Saturday night.
The 23-year-old beauty from Olongapo City bested delegates from other 126 countries in a pageant broadcast live via satellite starting at 7 p.m. Most beauty pageant aficionados watched the show via live streaming thru the Internet or thru postings on Facebook. The delayed broadcast was aired on GMA 7 three-and-a-half hours later.
The actress-VJ was among the Top 20 preliminary candidates until it was whittled down to 10. She was running 6th overall, but when scores in the challenges were summed up, she emerged 1st, being the Top Model winner, and 4th or 5th in the other categories. Her answer to the common question why she’s worthy of the title sealed her quest for the elusive Miss World crown.
This is the first time a Filipina won in the 63-year-old beauty pageant organized by the Morleys in Great Britain. Gwendolyn Ruais was first runner-up to Miss Venezuela in 2011. In 1993, actress Ruffa Gutierrez was second runner-up. In 1973, Evangeline Pascual was first runner-up, who was supposed to take the crown and title when Marjorie Wallace was dethroned, but was not able to travel back to England due to hectic schedule.
The Philippines has two Miss Universe titleholders–Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973. Four Filipinas have won the Miss International title–Gemma Cruz, Aurora Pijuan, Melanie Marquez and Princess Lara Quigaman. Just recently, Mutya Johanna Datul was proclaimed Miss Supranational in the Europe-based beauty pageant. She bested more than 80 candidates coming from all over the globe that competed in Minsk, Belarus.
In her native tongue, Megan Young thanked the whole nation, particularly those who supported her in her bid for the Miss World crown.
Mabuhay ka, Megan Young! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!