Newly proclaimed Miss World 2013 Megan Young left for London September 30 to attend a big charity gala night and start her duties as this year’s winner. She will be back in Manila October 10 and will stay for all the time that Filipinos want her in their presence, according to Miss World franchise holder Cory Quirino.
A grand welcome and motorcade around Makati on October 11 is being prepared for the queen.
Fellow blogger Joyce Ann Burton Titular posted on Facebook, “LET US ALL GIVE OUR VERY FIRST MISS WORLD MEGAN YOUNG A GRAND HOMECOMING. MEETING PLACE AYALA AVENUE COR BUENDIA , 2pm Friday Oct 11. Wear blue the color of the Miss World Crown. All offices along Ayala are requested to shower Megan with blue confetti.”
Olongapo City (where Megan hails) mayor Rolen Paulino also said they are preparing for a feast for their most popular resident’s homecoming. Olongapo City was the hardest hit area by Typhoon Odette more than a couple of weeks ago.
“We will give you all the time you want with Megan. She is yours,’” Miss World organizer Julia Morley reportedly told Ms. Quirino.
In her post-pageant interview and also in the Miss World Philippines Facebook account, the country’s first ever Miss World titlist said that she hopes her win serves as an inspiration to her countrymen.
“Maraming salamat sa mga Pilipino na sumuporta. Mahal na mahal ko kayo. Sana maging inspirasyon ako sa inyo. Samahan niyo ako sa aking lakbay bilang Miss World 2013. This isn’t the end of the journey. It is only the beginning,” she said.
While other girls enter showbiz after becoming a beauty queen, Megan took the opposite route. She is an alumna of GMA 7’s talent show StarStruck and appeared in several TV shows both as actress and as VJ (video jock). She transferred to ABS-CBN and a contract artist in the Lopez-owned media giant at the time of her win as Miss World Philippines.
Mark Herras, Ultimate Winner in the first season of StarStruck said that they knew from the very start that Megan wanted to be a beauty queen.
“Alam naming lahat na yun ang gusto ni Megan, ang maging beauty queen. And we’re happy for her win,” he said.
Just before the announcement of the winners, host Kamal Inbrahim asked Megan’s mother, Vicky, what advice she gave her daughter. It’s to be always kind, the proud mom said. “You can never go wrong with kindness,” she added, to the applause of Filipinos in the audience.
Meanwhile, a girl named Megan Young, posted on Facebook, “You Asians, stop following me. I’m not the Megan Young who won Miss World…” to which some replied, “Taray! Pwede naman niyang sabihin na magkapangalan lang sila, at sinabi talaga, you asians.”
The new Miss World was interviewed on BBC News (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=399110896878054&set=vb.162115923981400&type=2&theater) and confirmed her winning as being not just the most beautiful girl in the world now but also very smart, eloquent, sincere and really has heart for the less-privileged.
Megan will do the ceremonial toss in the NBA Global Games between Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday.
The float that she’s going to ride on is shaped like the Miss World crown, which, according to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, is just fitting for the honor the 23-year-old beauty has given the country.
Ms Quirino gave this update: “Let’s show our love for Megan our very first Miss World! JOIN THE VICTORY PARADE FOR MISS WORLD 2013 MEGAN YOUNG, Friday, Oct 11. ASSEMBLY POINT: PETRON MKTI AV COR BUENDIA , 1PM. PARADE starts 130pm. Route: Buendía-Ayala–Edsa–MOA. Live coverage by GMA7 and ABS CBN.
“Wear blue, bring blue ribbons, blue balloons – the color of the Miss World Crown. All office buildings are requested to SHOWER MEGAN WITH BLUE , WHITE AND AQUA CONFETTI! The Parade is one kilometer long!
“Parade Organizer MMDA CHAIR FRANCIS TOLENTINO. Thank you MMDA! Thank you Philippines for supporting our Megan.”
Details also available at http://adventuresofabeautyqueen.com.
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