Pageant aficionados, forecasters right in predicting Colombia’s Miss Universe 2014 win

This could be the year that beauty pageant experts, forecasters, bettors, oddmakers and predictors came solidly for naming the winner of the Miss Universe Pageant even before coronation night on January 25 (January 26 morning in Manila and other Asian key cities) at Florida International University in Doral, Florida, USA.

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Some may have missed in their Top 5 placements, but 99% pointed to Miss Colombia Paulina Vega as the 63rd Miss Universe. She handily won and how!

She was the first to be called for the Top 15, followed by Italy, India, France, USA, Indonesia, Venezuela, Spain, Philippines, Argentina, Jamaica, Ukraine, Brazil, Netherlands, Australia.

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After the Swimsuit Competition, first to be called for the Top 10 was Jamaica, followed by Colombia, Ukraine, Argentina, Philippines then Spain, Netherlands, Venezuela, Australia, USA.

Special Awards were then given out. Miss Congeniality was Nigeria; Miss Photogenic was Puerto Rico and Best in National Costume (voted by viewers via Twitter) was Indonesia.

USA was the first to be called for the Top 5 after the Evening Gown Competition, followed by Netherlands, Ukraine, Jamaica and Colombia.

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After the Q & A, the judges declared Miss Colombia as the new Miss Universe succeeding Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, Miss USA Nia Sanchez as 1st Runner-Up, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha as 2nd Runner-Up, Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen as 3rd Runner-Up and Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell as 4th Runner-Up.

This is the first time in five years that Philippines did not enter Top 5.

In 2010, Venus Raj was 4th Runner-Up. Shamcey Supsup was 3rd Runner-Up in 2011. Janine Tugonon almost got the crown by placing 1st Runner-Up in 2012. And in 2013, Ariella Arida was 3rd Runner-Up.

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Looking at the predictions, Miss Netherlands was considered the dark horse as she was never among the Top 15 or even Top 20 picks.

Global Beauties (https://www.facebook.com/globalbeauties) came out with their final leaderboard after the preliminary competition on January 22 and put Miss Colombia as the frontrunner with a perfect 5.00 from their own set of judges.

Miss Spain, who was leading before the preliminaries, ranked 2nd; Miss Ukraine jumped to 3rd place from #15; Miss Jamaica was 4th and Miss India squeezed to #5.

The rest of Global Beauties Top 10 were Mexico, Argentina, USA, Australia and Venezuela. Miss Netherlands was at #23 and Miss Philippines was at #24.

Missosology’s (https://www.facebook.com/missosology.info) Final Hotpicks placed Colombia as winner, followed by Philippines, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Ukraine making up the Top 5.

The rest of their Top 15 were USA, Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, India, Czech Republic, Spain, Indonesia, Venezuela and Brazil.

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Online betting company NicerOdds (http://www.nicerodds.co.uk/) was right on target in their 1-2 predictions: Miss Colombia at #1 and Miss USA at #2.

The rest of their Top 10 were Venezuela, India, Spain, Philippines, France, Costa Rica, Mexico and Russia. Placing 11th to 20th were delegates from Brazil, St. Lucia, Angola, Australia, Indonesia, Guyana, Ukraine, Haiti, Kosovo and Puerto Rico.

Colombia got its first Miss Universe crown in 1958 with Luz Marina Zuluaga. For three consecutive years (1992-1994), its delegate almost got the crown with 1st Runner-Up placements. A Miss Colombia was again 1st Runner-Up in the 2008 Miss Universe.

The Philippines has two Miss Universe titleholders – Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margarita Moran in 1973. The other 1st Runner-Up was Miriam Quiambao in 1999.

Interestingly, the Philippines never got 2nd Runner-Up placement but has four 3rd Runner-Ups (Rosario Silayan in 1980, Desiree Verdadero in 1984, Shamcey in 2011 and Ariella in 2013). Rose Marie Brosas was 4th Runner-Up in 1975 and Venus in 2010.

See related story in this blog: Philippines’ MJ Lastimosa in Top 6 bettors pick to win 63rd Miss Universe crown; Colombia, USA, Venezuela, India, Spain lead poll https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/philippines-mj-lastimosa-in-top-6-bettors-pick-to-win-63rd-miss-universe-crown-colombia-usa-venezuela-india-spain-lead-poll/

Photos from Official Miss Universe Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MissUniverse

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Philippines’ MJ Lastimosa in Top 6 bettors pick to win 63rd Miss Universe crown; Colombia, USA, Venezuela, India, Spain lead poll

Before midnight on Sunday, January 25, 2015 (Monday morning in Manila) the new Miss Universe replacing Gabriela Isler of Venezuela would have been named.

The Miss Universe Pageant is always a big event for bettors, gamblers and oddmakers.

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In this 63rd edition of the most prestigious beauty contest, Miss Colombia, Miss USA, Miss Venezuela, Miss India, Miss Spain and Miss Philippines are consistently the top picks to win the coveted Nexus crown among the 88 contestants.

NicerOdds (http://www.nicerodds.co.uk/miss-universe), which claims to have the best offer to placing bets in the current Miss Universe contest held in Doral, Florida as they cover the top betting sites online to guide gamblers, have come up with the top picks with corresponding Highest Odds and Lowest Odds numbers.

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Miss Colombia leads, followed by Miss USA, then Miss Venezuela, Miss India, Miss Spain and Miss Philippines.

Miss France, Miss Costa Rica, Miss Mexico and Miss Russia make up the rest of the Top 10. MU 2014 Miss USAMiss USA Nia Sanchez

Placing 11th to 20th are delegates from Brazil, St. Lucia, Angola, Australia, Indonesia, Guyana, Ukraine, Haiti, Kosovo and Puerto Rico.

MU 2014 Miss SpainMiss Spain Desiree Cordero Ferrer

After the preliminaries on January 22nd though, where the candidates paraded in their National Costume, Swimsuit and Long Gown, MsUniversePageant Hotspot (http://www.msuniversepageant.org/miss-universe-2014-preliminary-competition-top-15-performers/) came up with the Top 15 performers and ranked #1 is Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa.

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“Her performance in the preliminary competition was sublime. It goes to show that she really is more than prepared for the deathmatch. We’re not digging the style of her gown as it didn’t accentuate her figure, but sure did in the swimsuit round! She’s our top bet in swimsuit. Whew! Her body figure is what we are envious of,” says the blurb why the Filipina beauty tops  them all.

MU 2014 Miss ArgentinaMiss Argentina Valentina Ferrer

Ranked #2 is Miss Argentina Valentina Ferrer.

Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell is ranked #3, followed by Miss Mexico Josselyn Garciglia at #4 and Miss Colombia Paulina Vega at #5.

MU 2014 Miss VenezuelaMiss Venezuela Migbelis Castellanos

Sixth is Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha, Miss USA Nia Sanchez at #7, Miss Costa Rica Karina Ramos at #8, and Miss Guyana Niketa Barker and Miss Russia Yulia Alipova at #9 and #10 respectively.

The rest of the Top 15 are Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Castillo, Miss Ecuador Alejandra Argudo, Miss Spain Desiree Cordero Ferrer, Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira and Miss Kenya Gaylyne Ayugi.

Choosing Miss Universe 2014 are judges Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao, musician Emilio Estefan, model-actor William Levy, NFL great DeSean Jackson, skateboarder and reality TV star Rob Dyrdek, baseball pitcher Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton, fashion journalist Louise Roe, British author and movie and TV personality Lisa Vanderpump, fashion designer-actress Kristin Cavallari and Marie-Claire creative director Nina Garcia.

MU 2014 Miss MexicoMiss Mexico Josselyn Garciglia

Meanwhile, Miss Universe Philippines 2013 and 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida serves as the correspondent for On The Scene, a web series on the Miss Universe YouTube channel, taking fans to behind-the-scenes as the 88 contestants prepare for exclusive events leading up to the big night including Preliminary Competition, National Costume Show and Contestant Rehearsals on the official Miss Universe channel www.youtube.com/missuniverse.

Last year, it was Miss Universe Philippines 2012 and 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon who did the task. The previous year it was Miss Universe Philippines 2011 and 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup.

This is also the fifth time that a Filipino, in the person of Manny Pacquiao, sits as judge in the Miss Universe.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Carlos P. Romulo was the first Filipino to sit as judge in the prestigious contest when it was held in Manila in 1974 won by Miss Spain Amparo Munoz.

In 1989, fashion designer Josie Cruz Natori was one of the judges who chose Angela Visser of Holland as Miss Universe in Cancun, Mexico.

Then in 1991, singer Kuh Ledesma sat in the panel in Las Vegas, Nevada that chose Miss Mexico Lupita Jones as the new Miss Universe.

Manny-PacquiaoManny Pacquiao: 5th Filipino Miss Universe judge

In 2011, Broadway star Lea Salonga flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil to judge the contestants with Miss Angola Leila Lopes winning the crown. Lea later said in an interview that she had Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup ranked #2 in her sheet. Shamcey placed 3rd Runner-Up.

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Miss International 2013: Bea Santiago vies for Philippines’ 5th win, asks supporters not to bash other candidates

The Miss International 2013 Pageant in Tokyo, Japan is the last major beauty contest for this year. The successor to current titleholder Ikumi Yoshimatsu will be known on December 17.

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Miss Philippines Bea Rose Santiago 

Consistently the top picks among the 72 candidates are those from Netherlands, Philippines, Venezuela, Mexico, Iceland, Sweden, Spain, India, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Lithuania.

Other favorites are Misses Haiti, Gabon, Poland, Finland, Indonesia, Australia, Korea, Honduras, Japan and Gibraltar.

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Bea with Miss Venezuela Nicelin Elian Herrera Vasquez

Beauty pageant aficionados are focusing on the Philippines and Venezuela, as both countries have two crowns each—Miss World and Miss Supranational for the Philippines and Miss Universe and Miss Earth for Venezuela. Puerto Rico is the first-ever Miss Grand International winner.

While Venezuela did not place in the other pageants, the Philippines strongly finished in the contests it did not win—3rd runner-up in Miss Universe, 3rd runner-up in Miss Grand International and Top 8 in Miss Earth.

As the torchbearer for the Philippines’ final hurray, Bea Rose Santiago said in her interview before she flew to Japan that she’s not pressured at all to win the crown. Confidently prepared, she said that she will bring storm to the Land of the Rising Sun, referring to the strongest storm ever to make landfall in history last month which devastated Tacloban City and many other areas in Central Visayas.

Barely a week into the finals, Bea asked her supporters not to be antagonistic in commenting on social media. As the world knows, beauty contests are taken seriously in this country and fans and supporters fight tooth and nail for their candidates.

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An aficionado commented: Miss USA Andrea Neu surely likes to be with one who speaks English fluently

She posted on Facebook via mobile her sentiments of the brickbats online.

“To all my supporters, please be mindful of your comments about my fellow Miss International candidates. It’s me who’s having a hard time as we hurt other people with the comments even if they’re done in jest. I’m so thankful that I have lots of supporters but I hope for proper demeanor in making critical comments. They are all nice. Let’s just leave the competition on stage and through voting,” she said in Filipino.

Bea enjoins her supporters to vote for her at http://beautycity.jp/miss2013/prof_philippines.asp.

The 22-year-old pretty lass from Masbate spent half of her teen years in Canada but said she’s staying put in the country and vowed never to leave again, happy and contented with her life among friends and relatives.

The Philippines has produced four Miss International winners: Gemma Cruz in 1964, Aurora Pijuan in 1970, Melanie Marquez in 1979 and Precious Lara Quigaman in 2005.

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The Miss International 2013 delegates

Unlike Miss Universe and Miss World, missinternational.org explains that this pageant is not based on looks alone.

“The contestants are expected to serve as ‘ambassadors of peace and beauty,’ showing tenderness, benevolence, friendship, beauty, intelligence, ability to take action, and most importantly a great international sensibility. The ultimate goal of the Miss International beauty pageant is to promote world peace, goodwill, and understanding,” the web site says.

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Miss Photogenic is Miss Lithuania Elma Segzdaviciute

Miss International (organized in 1960) is part of the Big Four international beauty pageants. The other three are Miss World (1951), Miss Universe (1952) and Miss Earth (2001).

Though Miss World and Miss Universe are more popular, all four are considered the most coveted titles in international pageantry.

Miss International’s slogan is Love, Peace and Excitement to the World.

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Online poll

A parallel Miss Internet 2013 is also being conducted and votes can be cast at http://www.miss-international.org until December 16.

Missosology, an organization dedicated to beauty pageants, has its own online poll at http://359906.tbits.me.

Leading the pack is Miss Myanmar Gonyi Aye Kyaw with7000+ votes, followed by Miss Philippines with 5000+ and Miss Haiti Clara Luce Lafond at 1000.

Catching up are Miss Tahiti Ohana Huber, Miss Gibraltar Jamielee Randall, Miss India Gurleen Grewal, Miss Mexico Lucero Miroslava Montemayor Gracia, Miss USA Andrea Neu, Miss Nepal Shritima Shah and Miss Poland Katarzyna Oracka.

Miss Earth 2013 favorites: Philippines, India, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Venezuela, Ukraine, Kosovo

Ninety girls vie for Miss Earth 2013 and the winner will be crowned on Saturday, December 7 at Versailles Palace, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines with live telecast on Star World at 8:00 p.m. Manila time and live stream on http://www.missearth.tv.

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Beauty pageant aficionados have their favorites, and this early the frontrunners are the delegates from host country Philippines (Angelee Delos Reyes), India (Sobhita Dhulipala), Brazil (Priscilla Martins), Mexico (Kristal Silva), Thailand (Punika Kulsoontornrut), Venezuela (Alyz Henrich), Ukraine (Anatasia Sukh) and Kosovo (Donika Emini).

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Not far behind are the candidates from Nepal (Rojisha Shahi Thakuri), Martinique (Rani Charles), Macau (Ashley Qian), Indonesia (Nita Sofiani), England (Chloe Othen), Dominican Republic (Maria Eugenia Vargas), Colombia (Diana Carolina Ortegon), China (Lisa Xiang) and Canada (Sofiya Chorniy).

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Special award winners (each have 3 for gold, silver, bronze) have been announced and the important ones are the Evening Gown Competition (won by Venezuela, Nepal, Philippines), Swimsuit Competition (Ukraine, Brazil, Venezuela), Miss Photogenic Online Voting (India, Macau, Philippines), Talent Competition (Kazakhstan, Russia, China), Resorts Wear Competition (Thailand, Ukraine, France) and Eco-Beauty (India, Macau, Turkey).

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In this pageant, Brazil ranks 1st with 2 winners (2004, 2009) and 5 finalists, followed by Philippines with 1 winner (2008) with 4 finalists and 5 semi-finalists. 3rd in the ranking is India with 1 winner (2010), 2 finalists and 3 semi-finalists.

Others in the winning circle are Ecuador (2011), Venezuela (2005), Denmark (2001), Kenya (2002), Honduras (2003), Chile, (2006), Canada (2007) and Czech Republic (2012).

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There has been history of dethronement in Miss Earth. In 2002, Džejla Glavović of Bosnia and Herzegovina was dethroned. Winfred Adah Omwakwe from Kenya took over the title being the 1st runner-up. In 2010, Jennifer Pazmiño of Ecuador was dethroned. Viktoria Shchukina from Russia as Miss Air took over the title.

Drama before the finals

The delegate from Trinidad and Tobago withdrew from the pageant a day before the finals. Per Missosology, the organizers in the said country sent Carousel Productions this message:

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“It is with deep regret to formally inform you that the Board of ONENESS ENTERTAINMENT TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, producers of the Miss Oneness Trinidad and Tobago Beauty Pageant, announces that Miss Ariana Nadene Rampersad, Trinidad and Tobago’s delegate at the prestigious Miss Earth pageant in the host country of the Philippines for this year, has been WITHDRAWN effective today 5th December 2013 @ 2:18pm, due to circumstances beyond our control.

“Thank you for your time.”

In the show after all

Miss Earth Pageant posted on their Facebook page today, December 7, around 3:30 p.m. Manila time this: “Trinidad and Tobago will be on tonight’s show.”

About four hours earlier (Manila Time), Missosology Trinidad and Tobago posted, “Although our country will not be participating in the show tomorrow, I would like to wish all the contestant (sic) the best .”

Updates and full coverage of the contest can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/MissEarthPageant.

Ali Forbes strongest contender in Thailand’s Miss Grand International 2013

Thailand has launched its own international pageant–Miss Grand International–which “aims to become the world’s leading international beauty contest under sponsorship from governments and organizations that will make a stand for the betterment of humanity.” Accordingly, the contest is also a perfect platform to maximize the power of social media.

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Miss Philippines Annalie Forbes

MGI founder and president Nawal Itsaragrisil, a renown Thai TV host and reporter, said that in his travels to 170 countries he saw the effects of war and he thought that it’s through international understanding that could bring world peace. The best way is to gather delegates from all over the globe and spread beauty and foment camaraderie among nations.

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MGI Founder/President Nawal Itsaragrisil

As this is the first-ever Miss Grand International, 71 contestants compete for the crown and title in Bangkok on November 19, telecast locally at 8 p.m. and on live streaming thru YouTube, Global Beauties and the pageant’s own website (www.missgrandinternational.com).

The Best in Swimsuit Top 20 were selected on November 10 at Pattaya and they are: Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Guinea, Latvia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Namibia, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Slovak Republic, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, Wales and Zimbabwe.

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Miss Thailand Yada Theppanom

Best in National Costume Top 10 are China, Lebanon, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Thailand, Turkmenistan and Venezuela.

Preliminary Competition was held on November 17.

The Top 20 candidates (in order of scores) are: Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, USA, Russia, Portugal, Philippines, Wales, Slovak Republic, Vietnam, Thailand, Guatemala, Colombia, Paraguay, Australia, Estonia, Greece, Macedonia and Myanmar.

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Miss Myanmar Htar Htet Htet

Leading in the Miss Popular Vote (www.missgrandinternational.com/votemissgrand.php) is Miss Myanmar Htar Htet Htet with almost 9,000 votes, followed by Miss Philippines Annalie Forbes with almost 7,000 votes. Miss Indonesia Novia Mamuaja is at more than 1,000 and hometown beauty Yada Theppanom at less than 200.

Annalie, popularly known as Ali Forbes, is considered the strongest candidate to win as first Miss Grand International, along with Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Cuba, Miss Puerto Rico, Miss Mexico, Miss Wales, Miss Myanmar, Miss Thailand, Miss China, Miss Indonesia and Miss France.

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Miss Indonesia Novia Mamuaja

Ali is an information technology student, professional singer and part-time actress. Her thoughts how to stop the war: “…begins with simple acts of goodness and goodwill that puts smiles on people’s faces, touches and inspires the hearts of many…if we can find these in our hearts, it’s when wars will stop and only then humanity will be at most beautiful and so the world.”

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Ali Forbes enters Best in National Costume Top 10 donning Igorota attire

Miss Grand International 2013 will receive a prize of 30 thousand US dollars and stay at The Tower in the midtown area of Bangkok during her reign. The 1st runner-up will receive USD10K, 2nd runner-up USD5K, 3rd runner-up USD2.5K and 4th runner-up USD1.5K. Each of the winners for Best in National Costume, Best in Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown and Miss Popular Vote will receive USD3K.

For complete coverage, log on to http://globalbeauties.com or you can also check Global Beauties, Missosology and Beauty Pageant Grand Slam on Facebook.

Miss Venezuela wins Miss U, Philippines proud of Ariella’s 3rd runner-up finish

Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler was crowned Miss Universe 2013 last Saturday night in Moscow, Russia. She is the seventh Venezuelan Miss Universe. Declared first runner-up was Miss Spain Patricia Rodriguez; second runner-up was Miss Ecuador Constanza Baez; third runner-up was Miss Philippines Ariella Arida; and fourth runner-up was Miss Brazil Jakelyne Oliveira.

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Of the many predictions to make it to the Top 5, three made it–Miss Philippines, Miss Spain and Miss Venezuela. International Business Times missed on Miss Australia and Miss Russia to enter Top 16. Miss USA made the cut until Top 10. Very few placed their bet on Miss Ecuador to barge into the finals. Three of the touted Trump Card six candidates did not advance to the semi-finals–Miss Russia (as host country), Miss Italy (by virtue of swimsuit sponsor Yamamay being an Italian brand) and Miss Turkey (by virtue of hair sponsor CHI).

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The 86 candidates were judged during the preliminary competition on November 5 in three areas–swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Fifteen were chosen: Costa Rica, Ukraine, China, Ecuador, Great Britain, Indonesia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain, USA, Nicaragua, Switzerland, India and Brazil. The 16th candidate was for winning the most Fan Votes online and it was Philippines.

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The 16 candidates then strutted in their swimsuit and 10 were chosen: Spain, Philippines, Great Britain, India, Brazil, USA, Ukraine, Ecuador, Venezuela and Dominican Republic. Five–Ecuador, Brazil, Spain, Philippines and Venezuela–advanced to the final question-and-answer portion, where only Miss Philippines did not engage the services of an interpreter to answer Tara Lipinski‘s question.

“What can be done about the lack of jobs for young people starting their careers around the world?” the Olympian and NBC host asked Ariella.

“For the people who have lack of jobs, I do believe that we people should invest in education and that is my primary advocacy, because we all know that if everyone of us is educated and well aware of what we are doing, we could land into jobs and we could land a good career in the future. Education is the primary source and ticket to a better future,” she said.

As the last finalist to be asked, Gabriela got Steven Tyler‘s question, “What is your biggest fear and what is your plan to overcome it?”

Through an interpreter, the beauteous Miss Venezuela answered:  “I believe that one may have a lot of fears, but nonetheless, this is nothing negative. I believe that we should all overcome our fears, and this in turn, would make us much stronger. And thus(ly), we can become stronger persons. As soon as we overcome our fears and we’re sure of ourselves, we can face any challenge.”

To some, the answer was not really an answer to the question, and many were surprised that after Miss Brazil was called as fourth runner-up, Miss Philippines was immediately called as third runner-up. Many believed that the crown was a toss between Miss Spain (who answered her question better) and Miss Philippines. But then, as the Miss Universe Organization is a business under the Trump conglomerate, along with Telemundo (what NBC is in Latin America), Mr. Trump preferred a Latin beauty to win and not an Asian or European (who already competed in the rival Miss World).

Ariella’s third runner-up finish continues the Top 5 streak of the Philippines in the Miss Universe the past four years–Venus Raj (4th runner-up) in 2010, Shamcey Supsup (3rd runner-up) in 2011 and Janine Tugonon (1st runner-up to USA’s Olivia Culpo) in 2012.

Janine, by the way, was online host for this year. Her “On The Scene With Janine” had her interviewing, annotating and following the contestants in the red carpet, during the evening gown competition and chatting with performers Panic! At The Disco. She did this year what Shamcey did last year.

For Filipinos and her fans and supporters all over the globe, third runner-up finish is not at all bad and they are proud of Ariella’s achievement in this year’s ultimate pageant of goddesses in the Universe.

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She has this posted in the Miss Philippines Universe Facebook page:

“I may not have brought home the crown, but I hope I have given my best to exceed my people’s expectations. The winning streak continued –2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

And that makes us a powerhouse of beauty and intelligence in the entire universe. And you, my dear kababayans, are the true heroes of this pageant. Thank you for the love and support up to the last hurdle of my intense battle. It was a competition with discriminating judges with all their personal choices and that we have to accept. I have accepted my fate, I have given my best, and that makes me a beauty queen till the last day of my life.

Mabuhay ang lahing magaganda.
Mabuhay ang bansang PILIPINAS!”

–Ariella Arida, Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up

Photos from http://www.missuniverse.com