Still High on the Coronation of MJ Lastimosa, Miss Philippines Universe 2014…

Move over, pretenders to the throne! The Queen of Philippine Beauty Pageantry Blogging is always around to give us the best insights and plenty of never-seen-before photos–the iconic 1985 Bb. Pilipinas Universe Joyce Ann Burton-Titular!

Adventures of a Beauty Queen

MJ Lastimosa full of joy as she is crowned after her third attempt at winning! Crowning her is last year's MUP Ariella Arida. On the left is reigning Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler MJ Lastimosa full of joy as she is crowned after her third attempt at winning! Crowning her is last year’s MUP Ariella Arida. On the left is reigning Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler

It’s been 6 days since MJ Lastimosa became our newest Miss Philippines Universe as I write, and I’m still feeling the thrill! So here’s a post of my best photos of her taken on the night she was crowned. Enjoy!

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“Mom, I hope MJ wins!”

About 22 hours before this North Cotabato/Davao beauty was crowned, I was chatting with my daughter Diandra on Skype. Diandra has ALWAYS been a major major fan of MJ. When MJ lost in 2012, my baby girl and I were so upset. Anyway, I was telling my daughter about how gorgeous the girls were this year and she said, “Mom, I hope…

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Beauty powerhouse Philippines ends 2013 with a big bang, starts 2014 with aplomb

No country has ever produced too many winners before in beauty contests like the Philippines did in 2013. Saddled by natural calamities and disasters in different parts of the archipelago, the Philippines has been recognized one after the other in the beauty arena with the wins of Mutya Johanna Datul as Miss Supranational in Belarus, Megan Young as Miss World in Indonesia and Bea Rose Santiago as Miss International, the last and final major pageant held last December 17 in Japan.

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Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago during her victory parade in Makati City last December 27

In between those wins, the Philippines prominently figured among the Top 5 with Ariella Arida as Miss Universe 3rd Runner-Up in Russia, Annalie Forbes as Miss Grand International 3rd Runner-Up in Thailand, Angelee Delos Reyes as Miss Earth Top 8 in the Philippines and Koreen Medina as Miss Intercontinental 3rd Runner-Up in Germany.

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Just before 2013 closed, Angeli Dione Gomez was crowned Miss Tourism International 2013/14 in Malaysia, taking the crown and title from fellow Filipino beauty Miss International 2012/13 Rizzini Alexis Gomez. Yes, it’s back-to-back win for the Philippines in the 17-year-old pageant. As the emcee noted, “This is the first time where the country repeats itself (in the pageant).”

“The first thing I plan to do is to meet my family whom I have not met for about one month and have a nice breakfast with them,” Angeli told Malaysian and international media just few minutes after New Year’s Eve.

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For the common question for the Top 10 candidates, “How do you promote world peace?” Angeli answered that she’ll “promote world peace through tourism, because we are promoting the cultures of every different countries (sic) and to know the way of their lives and by that we can attain world peace.”

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As the new Miss Tourism International, the film director-wanna-be from Cebu is tasked as traveling ambassador in promoting informal international relations between countries to spread the message of peace, goodwill and friendship.

The others who made it to Top 5 were Miss Thailand Sunidporn Srisuwan, 1st Runner-Up (Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2013/14); Miss Australia Sarah Czarnuch, 2nd Runner-Up (Miss Tourism Metropolitan 2013/14); Miss Dominican Republic Michelle Alexis Torres, 3rd Runner-Up (Miss Tourism Global 2013/14); and Miss Malaysia Thaarah Ganesan, 4th Runner-Up (Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan 2013/14).

Half of the Top 10 were Miss Vietnam Phan Hoang Thu (who was also named Miss Southeast Asia), Miss Bosnia & Herzegovina Aleksandra Kovacevic, Miss Ukraine Oleksandra Timonina, Miss Portugal Sara Monica Matias da Silveira and Miss Zimbabwe Dananai Ratiozo Chipunza.

Special Awards went to Miss Proton Elegant – Portugal, Miss Beautiful Skin – Singapore, Miss Friendship – Uganda, Best in Talent – Armenia and Miss Tourism International 2013 Great Ambassador Award – Hongkong.

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Other contests where the Philippines won or figured prominently: Miss Campus World Winner – Maria Isabel Mendoza,  Miss Teen Expoworld Universe Winner – Amber Delos ReyesMrs. Asia International Tourism Winner – Stephanie MalibiranMrs. Asia USA  Winner – April Denise Belcher, Mr. Campus World 1st Runner-Up – Ronald William De Dios, Miss Scuba International 1st Runner-Up – Christine Paula Love Bernasor, Miss Tourism Queen International Top 10 – Cindy Miranda, Mister International 4th Runner-Up – Gil Wagas.

Asia’s Next Top Model 1st Runner-Up-Stephanie Retuya, Miss Chinese Cosmos 1st Runner-Up – Felina Joyce Lim, Miss Southeast Asia 1st Runner-Up-Clarize Barrameda, Mrs. Asia International Globe 1st Runner-Up – Lubesly Tellidua.

Miss Humanity International Top 5 – Monica Misenas (also People’s Choice & Continental Queen of Asia), Face of Beauty International Top 10 – Maureen Wenceslao (also Best in Interview & Online People’s Choice Award), Miss Asia-Pacific World  Top 15 – Czarina Rosales (also Best in Talent, Miss Asia Pacific World Star, Best Model,  The World’s Most Beautiful Super Talent), Miss Tourism World  Top 20 and Miss Tourism Asia – Aiyana Mikiewicz, Miss United Continents Miss Photogenic- Christina Montero Devries, Mister Asia 2nd Runner-Up – Alvin De Joya, Miss Teen Universe  Top 12 – Kimberly Hakenson and Miss Teen International Miss Congeniality – Patricia Andulte.

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Year 2013 was indeed a fruitful year for the Philippines, which is now touted not only as the beauty powerhouse in Asia but in the whole world, eclipsing Venezuela which won the Miss Universe and Miss Earth titles but did not place in the other Big 4 contests, Miss World and Miss International.

As the Year 2014 opened, Philippines already started with a big buena mano.

Related story in this blog: Will Angeli Dione Gomez be the first Filipina queen of 2014?

Miss Puerto Rico is first-ever Miss Grand International, Miss Philippines 3rd runner-up

From 75 candidates (apparently 4 were not around during the preliminary competition), the girls were trimmed down to Top 20. From Top 20 for the Swimsuit Competition, only 10 advanced to the Evening Gown Competition. Then they were trimmed down to 5 for the question-and-answer portion.

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After the final judging, Miss Puerto Rico Janelee Chaparro was crowned the first-ever Miss Grand International in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday night.

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Declared 1st runner-up was Miss Dominican Republic Chantel Martinez (who also won Best in Evening Gown), Miss Slovak Republic Denisa Pacesiakova 2nd runner-up, Miss Philippines Annalie Forbes 3rd runner-up and Miss Australia Kelly Louise Maguire  4th runner-up.

Rounding up the Top 10 were Misses Brazil, Cuba, Latvia, Venezuela and Sri Lanka. Completing the Top 20 were Macedonia, China (who also won Best in National Costume), Netherlands, Pakistan, USA, Thailand, Myanmar (who was Miss Popular Vote), Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and Colombia.

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The newly crowned Miss Grand International won USD30K and will stay in Bangkok for the duration of her reign at the luxurious The Tower Apartment.

Although live streaming was buffering, it was enough for fans to heat up the forum on YouTube. Non-Filipinos were asking why Pinoys kept bashing each other especially Ali’s use of the word donator instead of donor–thanking Thailand and the rest of the world for the help they extended to the victims of typhoon Yolanda.

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Panama-based Beauty Pageant Grand Slam has declared the Philippines County of the Year for the various wins and placements Filipinos have so far achieved in 2013: Miss Tourism Queen Asia 2013-Christine Racel-3rd Runner-Up; Miss Humanity International 2013-Monica Misena-Top 5; Miss Teen Universe 2013-Patricia Andulte-Top 12; Mrs. Asia International Tourism 2013-Stephanie Malibiran-Winner, Lubesly Tellidus-1st Runner-Up; Miss Chinese Cosmos 2013-Felina Joyce Lim-1st Runner-Up; Miss ASEAN 2013-Clarize Barrameda-1st Runner-Up.

✩Miss Supranational 2013-Mutya Johanna Datul-Winner; ✩Miss World 2013-Megan Lynne Young-Winner;  Miss Tourism Queen International 2013-Cindy Miranda-Top 10; Miss Tourism World 2013-Aiyana Mikiewicz Top 20/MissTourism Asia; Miss Universe 2013-Ariella Arida-3rd Runner-Up; Miss Grand International 2013-Ali Forbes-3rd Runner-Up.

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Ongoing is Mr. International in Indonesia with our candidate Gil Wagas and Miss Earth being held here in the country with Angelee delos Reyes. Bea Rose Santiago will try to get the 5th Miss International crown for the country when she competes in Japan next month.

Photos courtesy of Miss Grand International and Beauty Pageant Grand Slam.

The week that was: Tragedy and Inspiration

The strongest typhoon that ever made a landfall in recorded history hit Central Visayas in the Philippines on November 8. The massive destruction was not known until the day after as it was still ramming everything in its path the following day.

So strong was the natural calamity that whole communities, towns and cities had only rubbles visible with many dead bodies littering the streets when the catastrophe subsided. A few structures were spared by the 305-kilometer-per-hour super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) but walls or roofs were either partially damaged or partly blown by the gusty wind.

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In Moscow, Russia on November 9, Miss Philippines Ariella Arida was competing with 85 other girls in the Miss Universe 2013 Pageant. Host Tony Roberts said that the show was dedicated to the Philippines and Vietnam (where Haiyan was headed to after Central Visayas).

Although Ariella did not get the crown, her third runner-up finish to Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler was enough to give weary Filipinos pride and inspiration. Her placement in the Top 5 continued the streak started by Venus Raj in 2010 when she placed fourth runner-up, followed by Shamcey Supsup as third runner-up in 2011 and Janine Tugonon as first runner-up in 2012.

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The following day, Sunday, Nonito Donaire knocked out Vic Darchinyan on the ninth round of their 10-round featherweight non-title bout in Corpus  Christi, Texas. The win boosted the spirit of Filipinos not directly affected by the super typhoon but were sad and gloomy of what happened to their countrymen in the Visayas. Days earlier, Rubilen Amit was declared Women’s 10 Ball World Champion.

The photos, videos and stories of survival of Haiyan’s fury could melt anybody’s heart. This writer, for one, not only cried but wailed, every time a clip was shown on TV or a photo or video was posted on Facebook.

Where was God?

As more than 90% of Filipinos are Christians, the faithful asked, where was God during those times? Didn’t He hear the prayers? Didn’t He hear the pleas? Didn’t He see the agony of His people?

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was reported to have said, teary-eyed, “I do not mean to be… God must have been somewhere else or he forgot that there is a planet called Earth.”

He returned to his city  Monday, November 11, after a quick visit to Tacloban, where he said dead bodies remain unattended on the city streets, four days after Haiyan battered the entire city and nearby places.

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Last month a 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook adjacent Bohol  island that destroyed centuries-old churches and many infrastructures. Even the world renowned Chocolate Hills were not spared.

Just as the Boholanos were trying to rebuild their lives, the Leytenos or Warays were afflicted far even greater. The havoc wrought by the super typhoon is even worse compared to the tsunami that hit Indonesia, Thailand and other countries in 2004. Metro Manila had its share of calamity this year when Typhoon Maring flooded the national capital region for three days last August.

Plagues like that of Egypt in Moses’ time?

This brings us to ask, is God giving the Philippines plagues like it was in Egypt during the time of Moses until the President (equivalent of Pharaoh) let go of the people from the bondage of corruption in government?

This is not an isolated thought because we can count the plagues that the Philippines had got inflicted with so far–plague of Martial Law and the Marcoses, Baguio and Dagupan earthquake, Mount Pinatubo eruption, the deadly typhoons (Uring, Ruping, Kadiang, Rosing, Loleng, Winnie, Reming, Frank, Pedring, Pepeng, Juan, Sendong, Pablo), the fish kill in Pangasinan and Batangas, the floods in Laguna and Cavite, the leptospirosis and dengue outbreaks, the war in Zamboanga, the deadly earthquake in Bohol and now super typhoon Yolanda.

President Aquino  has the power to free Filipinos from the bondage of corruption. People elected him because of the promise of renewed inspiration, hope and change. He may not be the most intelligent leader as he could not even grasp the real meaning of the people’s sentiments, but his candidacy was a blessing. Otherwise, plunder-convict Joseph Estrada could have regained the reins of government.

His election as President gave the nation a shimmering hope for the future. At last, here is an honest President with no extra espousal baggage. But into the middle of his term, his administration has been rocked by one scandal after another–not just the pork barrel issue but the funds readily available for his disposal, including allegation of bribery to make sure that Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona was impeached. Lest we forget, he has his kaibigan, kamag-aralan, kabarilan at kamag-anakan (friends, classmates/schoolmates, shooting buddies and relatives) just like the first Aquino presidency.

Bribery–done before, during or after (whether payback is made days, months or years later)–is corruption to the very core.

The pork barrel scam that got exposed by the Napoles whistleblowers was just the tip of the iceberg. The President wanted the Commission On Audit to report mainly for the period 2007-2009 so he could blame his predecessor as he had been doing right at the onset of the campaign up to this day. Maybe he thought he could fool the people into believing that corruption was only rampant during the time of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and he is treading the straight and narrow path of righteousness. But the COA reported that even until 2012 the scam continued.

In 2013, the scam soiled his own hands with the exposé that he has had trillions of pesos at his disposal but the largesse may have ended in the personal funds or favored projects of his friends and associates in government.

He had to interrupt the TV viewing pleasure of Filipinos one evening and declared, “I am not a thief!” There he misread the pulse of the nation again. Just because he was labeled the Pork Barrel King did not mean he’s greedier than Tanda, Sexy and Pogi. It meant that lump sum funds readily available for his disposal is kingly in magnitude. And whatever term he’d call it, like DAP, it’s still pork barrel. Using it without Congress approval is against the Constitution and ground for impeachment.

His working habit puzzles the citizenry whom he calls his bosses. He’s not readily visible during times of calamities or tragedies, that people think he could be sleeping or busy tinkering his computer for whatever reason. Presidential inefficiency and immaturity showed early during the Luneta hostage crisis. It took time for his presence to be felt in Zamboanga. He did not visit the worst-stricken part of Bohol. To boost his image, Malacanang press said he slept in the tent, but later it was reported he stayed in the tent, alright, but actually spent the night in a resort.

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In Leyte, he was reported to have walked out from the disaster meeting, but presidential staff said he left for a short bathroom break. If the reason for his walkout was because he sterlingly declared Leyte was prepared for the disaster, yet it got ravaged by the super typhoon in unthinkable proportions, then he acted like a bratty little general, instead of a strong, determined leader.

Going back to the Egyptian plagues, is President Aquino waiting for the penultimate malady to strike before deciding to release the people from the bondage of corruption?

Ray of sunshine

Ariella arrived home Tuesday and she said she’s happy of her placement in the Miss Universe 2013 Pageant. In fact, her not winning the crown is a blessing in disguise as she can now help her countrymen get up from the disaster that plummeted the nation while she was away.

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Her placement (and that of Donaire’s win) was welcomed by Malacanang. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said these two pieces of good news are a much-needed shot in the arm for Filipinos going through so much in the aftermath of the recent calamities.

“We appreciate the efforts to bring a little bit of a smile to the faces of countrymen who are going through so much in the aftermath of the typhoon,” she said.

As reported, Ariella and Nonito had dedicated their efforts to Filipinos affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda, with Donaire also dedicating his fight to the victims of  earthquake last month.

“I think any sort of positive news to us is very welcome at this point,” Valte said as she congratulated the two for bringing honor to the Philippines especially in these trying times.

Before she flew home, Ariella was interviewed on ABS-CBN’s “Umagang Kay Ganda” and said all she wanted was to be in the Top 5.

Sobrang happy ko po kasi sabi ko kay Lord, basta ilagay niya ako sa Top 5 tapos kahit saan na niya ako ilagay. Narinig niya ang prayers ko. ‘Yung panalo kong ito, kahit paano napa-smile ‘yung mga kababayan natin sa Pilipinas (I’m so happy because I asked the Lord to put me in the Top 5 then wherever he’d place me that would be enough. He heard my prayers. In this win,  I was, in my little way, able to bring smile to our countrymen in the Philippines),” she said.

Ariella also added that after Miss Venezuela was proclaimed Miss Universe, she could no longer get near the winner as fellow candidates and the press swarmed over the new queen. Olivia Culpo was just a couple of steps away from her and the immediate past Miss Universe hugged her and said she was rooting for her.

Missosology reported that Ariella stayed the longest after the coronation as she had to talk to and mingle with her fans and supporters. She added, she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by Filipinos in Moscow and  Russians saying, “For me you’re number one.”

Thank you, World

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As of this writing, donations and pledges from all over the globe have poured in for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. Billions of dollars are needed to rehabilitate Tacloban City and other places affected by this tragedy.

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For this, Filipinos are thankful for their generosity, concern and sympathy.

Mabuhay kayo at maraming salamat!

(All photos in this article owned by organizations or persons who posted the same on the Web)

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

Miss Philippines top favorite to win Miss Universe crown

Just a few days into the Miss Universe 2013 coronation in Moscow, Russia on November 9, Miss Philippines Ariella Arida continues to be the top favorite to win the title by beauty pageant aficionados all over the world.

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After the preliminary competition on November 5 (streamed live through the Miss Universe website), Ariella strengthened her position as the candidate to beat in the 62nd edition of the most prestigious beauty contest. After host Russia, the Philippines drew the loudest cheer during the swimsuit and evening gown presentations.
 
Other countries that got loud cheers from the crowd were Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Ukraine and USA. Nicaragua was voted Best in National Costume.
 
Ariella’s excellent catwalk performance during the Tony Ward Mercedes Benz fashion show, her being chosen (along with Miss Russia, Miss Poland, Miss Austria, Miss Germany and Miss Mexico) for the Mercedes Benz commercial, and her win as Ice Princess in the Glam Shoot–all contributed to her being predicted to win the third Miss Universe crown for her country.
 
Being the most talked about candidate and having the strongest fan base, Ariella is also assured to have place in the Trump Card–a group pf 6 candidates, most of the time the frontrunners chosen by the Trump organization included in the Top 15–possibly together with Miss Russia (being the host country), Miss Brazil (since she’s also strong in the preliminaries and the host country next year), Miss Italy (as swimwear Yamamay is an Italian brand), Miss Turkey (by virtue of CHI as official Hair Care and Title sponsor) and Miss India (being strong in the preliminaries and also due to business-related issues).
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Miss Spain, Miss Poland, Miss Russia and Miss Philippines. Closest competitors, closest chums. Courtesy of Beauty Pageant Grand Slam.
 
For online betting company oddschecker.com (http://www.oddschecker.com/awards/miss-universe/pageant-winner), Miss Philippines has maintained her position as the top bet, followed by Miss USA, Miss Spain, Miss Panama, Miss Venezuela, Miss Poland, Miss France, Miss Russia, Miss Australia, Miss Ukraine, Miss Colombia, Miss India, Miss Costa Rica, Miss Brazil and Miss Britain.
 
For Missosologist David (http://missosology.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=213121) the strongest crown contenders are Poland, Spain, Philippines, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
 
Considering Odds & Politics, he said of Ariella, “This girl is also everywhere. We always see her face in special events. This girl’s sash appears strong in this new era cause of the strong and phenomenal Filipina queens who were successful before her. So all countries eyes are focused to the Philippine representative (sic). Plus, coming from a pageant lover country, her victory could gain a big wave of attention to set the mind of the viewers back from Miss World.” For Venezuela, he declared, “She is VENEZUELA. The strongest sash of them all. It’s like Miss Universe is not complete without Venezuela, USA and Puerto Rico sash for short!”
 
Another Missosologist, by the name of Miss Twix, who combined astrology with personal assessment, chose 12 candidates to complete the astrological signs and said that Miss Philippines, being Scorpio, has the highest degree of luck of 9+. Following is Miss France (Gemini) 9, then Miss Spain (Pisces) 9-, Miss Poland (Cancer) and Miss Australia (Taurus) both 8.5; Puerto Rico (Aquarius), Great Britain (Leo) and India (Virgo) at 8; Venezuela (Aries) and Dominican Republic (Sagittarius) 7.5; Ecuador (Capricorn) 7+; and Russia (Libra) 7.
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A photograph of the Moscow skyline shows what seems to be the blue, red and yellow colors of the Philippine flag, which fans consider ominous.
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The Finals judges are: Steven Tyler–Aerosmith front man and lead singer and one-time “American Idol” judge; Chef Nobu— acclaimed chef proprietor of Nobu and Matsushisa restaurants; Tara Lipinski–gold medal figure skater and 2014 Winter Olympics analyst for NBC Olympics’ multi-platform coverage; Carol Alt–TV personality, star of Fox News Channel’s “A Healthy You and Carol Alt”, international supermodel, actress, author, entrepreneur and raw-food enthusiast; Anne V–supermodel, actress, philanthropist and mentor on Oxygen’s upcoming season of “The Face” with nine consecutive appearances in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue; Farouk Shami–founder of Farouk Systems, Inc. makers of CHI and presenting hair care sponsor of the 2013 Miss Universe Competition; Italo Fontana–pioneering designer of U-Boat Watches; and Philip Kirkorov–iconic Russian pop-star.
 
People are excited to know who Olivia Culpo’s successor will be on November 9. Miss Universe 2013 will be broadcast as follows:
  •    Sat 10:00 pm Moscow
  •     Sat 8:00 am Hawaii*
  •     Sat 10:00 am West Coast (Los Angeles*)
  •     Sat 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (New York*, Bogota) *The pageant will not be telecast live in the USA, Canada and territories. It will be shown delayed on NBC/Telemundo at 9 pm
  •     Sat 12:00 pm Mexico City
  •     Sat 1:30 pm Caracas
  •     Sat 12:00 pm Puerto Rico* See above
  •     Sat 3:00 pm Buenos Aires
  •     Sat 4:00 pm Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
  •     Sat 7:00 pm Central European Time
  •     Sat 8:00 pm Johannesburg
  •     Sat 11:30 pm New Delhi
  •     Sun 1:00 am (Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh, Bangkok)
  •     Sun 2:00 am (Manila, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur)
  •     Sun 3:00 am (Seoul, Tokyo)
  •     Sun 5:00 am (Sydney)
  •     Sun 7:00 am (Auckland)

TV Channels showing the pageant LIVE

 
Photos from http://www.missuniverse.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ariella’s ‘Latinas can’t even finish a sentence in English’ comment taken out of context; Miss Brazil denies ‘racist’ remark

Before leaving for the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow on Monday, Miss Philippines Ariella Arida was interviewed live by Karen Davila on ANC’s Headstart. ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel) broadcasts in English.

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The country’s delegate to the most prestigious beauty contest was asked about criticisms on her communication skills, that she can’t express herself in English well.

Although a graduate of the University of the Philippines, Ariella seems not to be as fluid as other beauty queens, but her English is, well, passable.

There was even a suggestion that she may need an interpreter for the question-and-answer portion, which she deemed unnecessary as she can express her thoughts and feelings on her own.

She added that Latinas can’t even finish a complete sentence in English yet they’ve won.

We saw the interview and we understood the flow of the conversation. Ariella did not mean anything to demean Latinas. All she was saying was if and when she can’t deliver her answer in perfect English it doesn’t mean she’s no longer apt for the crown, as other contestants who need interpreters do.

That interview drew flak from DJ in limbo, Mo Twister, now based in New York. He only took that part of the interview and appeared to start fire with the whole Latino race to condemn Ara, saying that Filipinos are too sensitive when the comments are negative, like that of Dan Brown and Alec Baldwin, but here, one of our own, taking a swipe at an entire race.

He even added he’s “quite certain a few of the Latina contestants can cook up few intelligible lines in English that would leave Ariella here dizzy in her heels.”

Bashers and supporters had a great time exchanging tirades for a couple of days because of that. A fellow Miss Universe candidate, Jakelyne Oliveira, representing Brazil, was supposed to have commented via Twitter about Ariella’s racist remarks. But the Latina beauty later clarified that she has no Twitter account and somebody was just using her name in answer to the allegations.

Written in Portuguese but automatically translated by Bing when you click “See Translation” Miss Brazil said in her personal Facebook account : “Good afternoon from Moscow! Guys, unfortunately some people are using profiles of social networks (Facebook and Twitter) in my name and publishing false information. My official profiles are that Facebook page Jaakelyne on Instagram. Don’t have a profile on Twitter or any other social network… Please share this information with their networks so that more people know and be sure to follow the fake profiles.”

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The Twitter page was subsequently deleted, but some tweets managed to circulate and were replied by Filipino netizens apologizing for the misinterpretation of Ariella’s remark.

In last year’s pageant, Janine Tugonon’s question was if it’s a requirement, being an ambassador, to be fluent in English, as Miss Universe. She answered that it really did not matter, as long as the person speaks from the heart then it will be understood by all people. Her performance in the answer-and-question portion was in fact had more impact than that of Miss USA, who was proclaimed the winner, and Miss Philippines was first runner-up.

For excerpts of the interview, please click or copy paste the link http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/10/22/13/mo-twister-blasts-miss-universe-bet-ariella-arida

Photos from http://missosology.org and the organization bearing water mark. You can also visit Missosology on Facebook. First photo shows Ariella with Jakelyne. Second photo shows Ariella with Miss Bulgaria