Despite the heavy downpour last Friday, thousands of people lined up the streets and workers went out of their offices to get a glimpse of Miss World 2013 Megan Young during her victory parade.
Starting at the corner of Gil Puyat and Makati Avenues around 3 p.m., the motorcade turned to Ayala, the financial district of Makati City. Confetti also rained on Megan, the Philippines’ first Miss World in the contest’s 63-year history.
Wearing a red modern terno, the 23-year-old actress and TV personality was all smiles throughout the parade fit for a queen. She returned the waves and flying kisses of those that took time to see her amid the typhoon that was battering the metro.
Riding the float with her were Miss World Organization Chair Julia Morley who arrived with Megan from London and Philippine franchise holder and columnist Cory Quirino.
The motorcade was supposed to end at the Mall of Asia but the organizers decided to cut it short upon reaching EDSA. Megan and her entourage then transferred to cars and were driven to the meet-and-greet venue.
“The roof (of the float) might cave in,” Ms. Quirino told the media.
Unmindful of the downpour, people said they were at the parade because it’s their way of not only showing support for Megan, but most importantly thanking her for bringing honor to the country after successive setbacks brought about by natural disasters and scandals in government.
“I’ve been waiting to see that crown on a Filipina’s head for almost 50 years,” one elderly spectator said. “I’m so happy that finally we have a winner in Megan Young.” The Philippines did not immediately join the contest when it started in 1951.
“I’m really overwhelmed,” the new Miss World said of the throngs of people that showed up. She actually shed a tear for the same reason when she arrived the day before at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport via Cathay Pacific.
In her press conference Thursday at Solaire Resorts and Casino, where the Miss World Philippines Pageant was held and where she won the right to represent the country in Indonesia, she was asked about Devina Dediva, the Singapore resident who bashed her and the entire Filipino race on Facebook.
“I wish her well,” she muttered, and added that she does not pay attention to things like that because it doesn’t merit attention anyway.
Dediva, who was said to have been fired from her job as her supervisors were actually Filipinos, issued an apology thru Twitter.
“I am so sorry @meganbata and to all Filipinos out there. Sorry. I don’t have a Twitter account so I made one just to show my apology…”
Some Filipinos accepted the apology, but there are those who said it’s not enough because Dediva’s tirades were actually insults to humanity.
Megan is scheduled to be in her hometown Saturday to a grand welcome prepared by the city government. Olongapo was the worst-hit area by typhoon Odette while she was competing in Indonesia. She will then be back in Manila and do charity work for a number of institutions.
On her coronation in Bali, Megan said she promised to be the best Miss World ever. She’s excited of the prospect of visiting more than 30 countries during her reign, not only to attend socials and raise funds for the underprivileged, but also to do charity work first-hand which is what the Miss World Organization is all about–that is Beauty With A Purpose.
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