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Congratulations are in order for the Philippines’ very own Ariella Arida for winning 3rd runner-up in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant. It’s quite a feat to be the only Asian in the Top 5, and fourth year in a row that we’ve done it.

Ariella placed first in the swimsuit competition but unfortunately it seems her tacky evening gown did her in. Ara did her best to carry it, but the color and the material was far from queenly. We would have thought it came straight out of the bargain racks of Divisoria.

(Photo courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/MissAArida)

Ariella gown

In the Question and Answer portion, all the other four finalists (Ecuador, Spain, Brazil and Venezuela) needed interpreters. Either the judges weren’t sharp enough or there’s simply too much politics in Miss Universe. But Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler totally missed the answer to her question.

Q. What is your biggest fear and how do you plan to overcome it?

A. We should overcome all our fears and this in turn would make us stronger. As soon as we overcome our fears, we can face any challenge.


It pays that the new Miss Universe 2013 has the biggest smile and the widest mouth this side of the Amazon River. Maybe Donald Trump likes it that way. Congratulations are still in order and we wish her a fruitful reign!

(Photo courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/MissUniverse)

Miss Universe 2013

P. S.

It remains that Ariella Arida had the best answer in the field of four other Spanish-speaking candidates. But it’s apparent from this experience that being able to think well on the spot isn’t enough.

Asked about “What can be done about the lack of jobs for young people starting their career around the world? “…

Miss Philippines answered: “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.”

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One Comment

  1. How about Joanna Cindy Miranda? Well, let’s see first if a Miss Tourism Queen International 2013 in China will push through. We all know that her predecessor – Katrina Dimaranan – was a frozen delight throughout 2012 as her supposed representation never materialized. The question in my mind is which one of the two will be sent if ever the pageant finally resumes. It is always possible that Kat will be given the chance with Cindy waiting for her turn in 2014.

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