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Miss Universe 2013: What Pinays Have Been Doing Right So Far

You can do it, Ariella!
by Mars Salazar | Nov 7, 2013
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Our country owns some of the most beautiful women in the world, and we’re not just saying this because we’re biased fools!

Since 2010, all but two of the Philippines' representatives to the “big four” pageants—Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, and Miss Earth—have made it to the Top 15.

Miss Universe                                                         The objects of our dreams: Janine, Shamcey, Venus, Mutya

Check out Mutya Datul, who won the Miss Supranational pageant this year; or Megan Young, who became the first Pinay to snag the Miss World crown last September. And we all know about Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, and Janine Tugonon, who respectively placed 5th, 4th, and 2nd in the three previous Miss Universe pageants. Records don't lie, son!

This year’s PH Miss U bet, 24-year-old Chemistry graduate Ariella Arida, definitely has big shoes to fill, but judging by her performance in the preliminary events held in Moscow, this brainy babe’s got a fighting chance at global glory. And you can do your part and help her out by voting for her here!

Miss Universe
Ara, as she’s fondly called, was chosen to model for Lebanese-based designer Tony Ward Couture and was the lone Asian out of the six contestants handpicked to appear in a Mercedes-Benz TV ad, with the other girls being Austria, Germany, Mexico, Poland, and Russia. She also won the “Ice Princess” glam shoot, giving her an extra boost over her competitors. And if you’re a betting man, the odds are pretty much in your favor.

We're not saying we're going to win this year's crown. Between you and us, Ara’s facing stiff competition from Nicaragua, who won this year’s Best National Costume award, as well as India, Azerbaijan, Panama, and France.

Miss Universe                                         More pang-pantasya materials: Nicaragua's Nastassja Bolivar,
                                              Panama's Carolina Brid, France's Hinarani de Longeaux

In addition, she also has to fend off Russia, who has a home court advantage; U.S.A., who bagged last year's crown; and the staple crop of Latin American glamazons from pageant powerhouses Costa Rica, Peru, and Venezuela.

The road to the crown is no walk in the park, but judging from our recent performances, we’re definitely doing something right. Allow us to explain.

NEXT: It's in the way we walk

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