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

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.

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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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Bea’s bid for Philippines’ 5th Miss International crown gets stronger

Miss International 2013 and successor to Ikumi Yoshimatsu will be chosen on December 17. And as the hour gets nearer, Miss Philippines Bea Rose Santiago’s bid for the country’s fifth crown is getting stronger. She’s consistently one of the top picks to win the title since Day 1.

For Miss Internet and in Missosology’s Online Voting, only Myanmar is ahead of her, though the gap can be considered wide at 2,000+ votes. The third candidate in the votes is too far to be taken as threat.

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Like in most beauty pageants around the globe, fans and supporters sometimes get personal when they comment on other candidates. Bea, in this regard, asked her supporters to do away with negative comments even if they are done in jest, because as she explained, it’s her who’s hurting and having a hard time as every girl in the contest is nice and they’re all friends there.True, there are those who seem to enjoy bashing but majority understood Bea’s predicament.

The support for the country’s delegate is overwhelming at this point, now that Miss Intercontinental is over (see article Miss Russia is Miss Intercontinental 2013, Miss Philippines 3rd Runner-Up in this blog).

Prayers, messages, votes and likes are outpouring for the 22-year-old lass from Masbate.

Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj told Bea during the latter’s send-off party: “You are our Miss International… and we claim it. We know you’ll win.”

“Strong personality, strong-willed, and strong presence,” Binibining Pilipinas 2013 1st Runner-Up Pia Wurtzbach said of her first impression of Bea.

“You know right away that she’s there when she enters the room. But what I like about Bea is she has a heart. I’ve seen her cry twice–two different occasions, one reason. If there’s something unfair going on in front of her that she cannot control, that she cannot do anything about, that makes her cry. It doesn’t have to affect her directly but if she can’t help, it frustrates her and it makes her cry. This shows that she’s all-in-one, beauty queen na may puso din (with a heart). Bea, this is it. You’re competing for Miss International. I’m proud of you,” Pia said.

Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Tourism Cindy Miranda and Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Supranational Mutya Datul (Miss Supranational 2013) congratulated Bea in advance and said they believe Bea will make it.

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Before she left for Japan, Bea had this to say: “I want to represent our country very well. I want to give a Merry Christmas to the Philippines. I want to close the pageant this year with a slam… Pray for me. I leave it all to God.” 

She explained to TV host Boy Abunda that she does not feel pressured at all–with all her fellow beauty queens winning or placing honorably in their stints.

Strong competitors Miss Venezuela, Miss USA and Miss Netherlands are actually her chums.

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With one catastrophe after another, the nation needs badly an inspiration. Although a number of beauties have previously given Filipinos that needed boost, the whole nation is behind Bea Rose in her quest for the country’s 5th Miss International crown.

Voting until December 16, 2013 (Monday) at http://beautycity.jp/miss2013/prof_philippines.asp and http://359906.tbits.me.

Broadcast schedule: December 17, 2013 (Tuesday), live stream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mibp

ASIA
2:00 p.m. India
3:30 p.m. Thailand, Vietnam
4:30 p.m. Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China
5:30 p.m. Japan
7:30 p.m. Australia

USA AND CANADA
12:30 a.m. Pacific Time California, Nevada, Vancouver
1:30 a.m. Mountain Time Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Edmonton
2:30 a.m. Central Time Illinois, Nebraska, Kentucky, Texas
3:30 a.m. Eastern Time Florida, New Jersey, New York, Georgia, Ottawa, Quebec

AMERICAS
2:30 a.m. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Galapagos
3:30 a.m. Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama, Peru
4:00 a.m. Venezuela
4:30 a.m. Bolivia, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic
5:30 a.m. Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Suriname
6:30 a.m. Brazil, Uruguay

EUROPE AND AFRICA
8:30 a.m. Portugal, United Kingdom, Ghana, Morocco, Ireland
9:30 a.m. Germany, Spain, France, Norway, Netherlands, Nigeria, Algeria, Poland, Switzerland, Italy
10:30 a.m. Finland, Greece, Romania, South Africa, Turkey, Egypt

See related article, Miss International 2013: Bea Santiago vies for Philippines’ 5th win, asks supporters not to bash other candidates, in this blog.

Sash factor strengthens Koreen Medina’s bid for Miss Intercontinental 2013 crown

Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific 2013 Koreen Medina is in Germany competing in the Miss Intercontinental 2013 Pageant. Reports say she’s one of  the favorites to win the crown.

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On her own, the 18-year-old beauty from Quezon City can give any of the contestants a run for their money–she has one of the loveliest faces especially when she smiles, she may not be very tall but at 5’7″ she’s taller than the average girl, she’s smart, confident and talented.

As representative of Asia’s beauty powerhouse, wearing the Philippines sash is an added factor to her quest for the country’s and Southeast Asia’s first win in the pageant that started in Aruba in 1973 as a teen beauty competition. So far, the Philippines’ highest placement in the Panama-based contest has been 2nd runner-up, with 5 semi-finalists.

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The remarkable feat of the Philippines in beauty pageants this year–Miss World Megan Young, Miss Supranational Mutya Johanna Datul, Miss Universe 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida, Miss Grand International 3rd Runner-Up Ali Forbes and Miss Earth Top 8 Angelee delos Reyes–is matched by Venezuela in the persons of Miss Universe Gabriela Isler and Miss Earth Alyz Henrich.

However, Venezuela did not get to the finals in the Miss World, Miss Supranational and Miss Grand International. This makes the Philippines still the Best Performing Country, adding to the four consecutive years Top 5 placements in the Miss Universe.

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As pointed out by adventuresofabeautyqueen blogger Joyce Burton Titular (herself a former Miss Philippines), the downside to Koreen’s candidacy is her youthful look.

Confirmed as the youngest candidate among the 61 candidates, Joyce suggested that Koreen has to groom and style herself to look a little bit older, which she has followed from Day 1, judging from the photos posted on the official web site of Miss Intercontinental 2013, on Missosology, Beauty Pageant Grand Slam and her Facebook fan page.

“I am the youngest contestant but I know a lot of things and I have this conviction and fighting spirit. I can do more and improve more!” ABQ quoted her as saying.

Koreen acts and sings.She’s Coca-Cola Music Talent Search 2011 Grand Champion and the Grand Winner of 2012 My Girl on ABS-CBN.

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Will Miss Intercontinental 2012 Daniela Chalbaud of Venezuela bequeath the crown to Koreen? That will be known on December 14, Saturday at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, East Germany.

Details of the contest at http://missintercontinental.de/contest/.

Miss Venezuela is Miss Earth 2013; Austria, Thailand and Korea as Misses of the Elements

Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich was proclaimed Miss Earth 2013 in eco-friendly ceremonies at the Versailles in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines Saturday night. The 22-year-old beauty bested 87 other candidates from all over the globe to be this year’s queen of female earth warriors. In her bio she said, “Taking care of our water is taking care of ourselves, water is life. Let’s keep it clean.”

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Crowned Miss Air was Miss Austria Katia Wagner, while Miss Thailand Punika Kulsoontornrut was declared Miss Water and Miss Korea Catharina Choi as Miss Fire.

Rounding up the Top 8 were Miss Philippines, Miss Mexico, Miss Poland and Miss Serbia. The remainder of the group that advanced to the  semi-finals were Misses Turkey, Chile, France, China, Mauritius, Spain, Poland and USA.

In her answer to the question, “How does eco-tourism contribute to the protection of the environment?” Miss Venezuela said, “Because we people are responsible also for destruction (of) our nature, we need to be aware and take care of Mother Earth.”
 
Favorites Miss India and Miss Ukraine did not make it to Top 16. The surprise was Miss Austria who was not mentioned a lot in the predictions but almost got the main title.
 
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As the host country’s representative, Angelee delos Reyes did her best in the Q & A. Her question, “It’s been a month since Haiyan hit the Philippines, how do you think Mother Earth feels now?”
 
She answered: “It feels like Mother Earth is very sad of what’s happening, that’s also in the song I wrote about what’s happening to our environment nowadays, environmental problems… I think typhoon Yolanda didn’t just happen to devastate Philippines and other countries but a wake up call or to make us realize that we must take care of one another, take care of the Earth, environment, so that it will take care of us in return. So together, let’s save our Earth not just for the people of today but the generations to come.”
 
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Miss Earth 2012 Tereza Fajksova of Czech Republic ended her reign with a serenade by singer-recording artist David Pomeranz who rendered his hit song, “Got To Believe.”
 
Venezuela, having won two titles in the Big 4 Pageants (with Miss Universe Gabriela Isler) has dislodged the Philippines as the Country of the Year (with Miss World Megan Young).
 
The Philippines, though, can reclaim the glory if Bea Rose Santiago wins Miss International in Japan culminating on December 17. Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul has added to the Philippines’ hold as a beauty powerhouse. Ariella Arida was third runner-up in the Miss Universe. In the debuting Miss Grand International in Thailand won by Miss Puerto Rico Janelee Chaparro, Ali Forbes placed third runner-up, too.
 
Live stream was on http://www.rappler.com and http://www.missearth.tv and shown live on TV on Star World. Delayed telecast on ABS-CBN Sunday before ASAP.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

Brainy and sexy Angelee delos Reyes contends for Philippines’ 2nd Miss Earth crown

Miss Earth is one of the big four pageants in the world–in terms of prestige, number of contestants and media mileage. The pioneers and most prestigious are Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International. A fifth one is Miss Supranational.

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The Philippines is, so far, the only country that won all five crowns–2 Miss Universe (Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973), 1 Miss World (Megan Young only this year), 4 Miss International (Gemma Cruz in 1964, Aurora Pijuan in 1970, Melanie Marquez in 1979 and Precious Lara Quigaman in 2005), 1 Miss Earth (Karla Henry in 2008) and 1 Miss Supranational (Mutya Johanna Datul, also this year).

Not only is the Philippines a beauty powerhouse in Asia; it is by far the only country that placed in the Miss Universe Top 5 the last four years–Venus Raj as 4th runner-up in 2010, Shamcey Supsup as 3rd runner-up in 2011, Janine Tugonon as 1st runner-up in 2012 and Ariella Arida as 3rd runner-up in 2013.

In the new Miss Grand International held in Thailand, Ali Forbes placed 3rd runner-up to Miss Puerto Rico Janelee Chaparro. In the Mister International held in Indonesia, Gil Wagas Jr. was 4th runner-up to Mr. Venezuela.

On December 7, the new Miss Earth will be crowned at the Versailles Palace in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines.

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The host country is strongly represented by 24-year-old Angelee Claudett Francisco delos Reyes of Olongapo City. A past Miss Bikini Philippines winner, Angelee is also a registered nurse, events host, model, performer and seminar speaker. Along with Miss India, she was presenter for Team Asia in the Environmental Seminar for Miss Earth 2013 participants (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsqj-rX4Igs).

Prior to her Miss Philippines Earth 2013 win, Angelee was with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) as Public Information Officer. She composed the song and sang it herself in her eco video for Miss Earth and had already been declared winner of the Miss Eco Tourism special award.

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As of this writing, Angelee is running third in Photogenic Voting. She’s also bronze winner in the Preliminary Evening Gown Competition, coming after gold winner  Miss Venezuela and silver winner Miss Nepal. She’s among the Top 5 in her group in the Swimsuit Competition.

Organized in 2001 by Carousel Productions, Miss Earth actively promotes the preservation of the environment. Participants are involved with humanitarian and environmental causes. They also take part in tree planting ceremonies, environmental and cultural immersion programs, sponsor visits and tours.

It used to be that Miss Air was the equivalent to 1st runner-up, Miss Water to 2nd runner-up and Miss Fire to 3rd runner-up but with the elements being of equal importance the organizers declared the runners-up to be of equal ranking starting in 2010.

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There are still three other pageants left for this year whereby the Philippines has also strong chance of winning the crowns–Miss Intercontinental 2013 in Germany on December 14 (Koreen Medina), Miss International in Japan on December 17 (Bea Rose Santiago) and  Miss Tourism International 2013 in Malaysia on December 31 (Angeli Dione Gomez). Reigning Miss Tourism International is Filipina Rizzini Alexis Gomez. There’s hope that it will be a back-to-back win for the Philippines.

To vote for Angelee and other Miss Earth 2013 candidates, click or copy paste the following:

Photogenic Voting Page Link: www.statictab.com/n7pd2mc
Eco-Beauty Voting Page Link: www.statictab.com/5cygtvw

Photos courtesy of Miss Earth.