Saturday, November 9, 2013

Miss Universe Updates

As you may have already watched in your live streaming, the Miss Universe pageant is currently being held in Moscow, Russia. The first cut included the top 16 candidates where the final slot given to the Social Media candidate. Did any of your favorites got it?
  1. Costa Rica
  2. Ukraine
  3. China
  4. Ecuador
  5. Great Britain
  6.  Indonesia
  7. Venezuela
  8. Dominican Republic
  9. Puerto Rico
  10. Spain
  11. USA
  12. Nicaragua
  13. Switzerland
  14. India
  15. Brazil
  16. Philippines (Social Media Candidate)

Should I be surprised by Philippines, being the social media capital of the world, getting the spot for the social media candidate? The telecast continued with some back stage clips and the later, the introduction of judges which included Steven Tyler of Aerosmith who is also one of the performers for the night. 

For those who were following updates in the website of Miss Universe 2013, you may have known that Miss Nicaragua won the Best in National Costume Award together with the other top five contestants  (for this category) that include: Japan, Indonesia, Russia and, Trinidad and Tobago. A short clip was also shown to present the winners during the pre-pageant judging.

Can you imagine walking in this outfit? Bow to Ms. Nicaragua!
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Did you hear the crowd for Miss Philippines? I can feel the tension even just from watching TV! And now in, the top 10 finalist:

  1. Spain
  2. Philippines
  3. Great Britain
  4. India
  5. Brazil
  6. USA
  7. Ukraine
  8. Ecuador
  9. Venezuela
  10. Dominican Republic 

Will the crown remain with USA? Or will other countries snatch it with their beauty and wit as the long gown and the interview portion followed? However, let's reserve the thrill later as we enjoy the series of presentations and av-clips for the evening.

Now, here is the result for the Top 5:

  1. Ecuador
  2. Brazil
  3. Spain
  4. Philippines
  5. Venezuela
Miss Philippines in her long gown....Not my favorite look for the night though :(
Photo from

For the first time, the contestants will answer the interview questions immediately after the announcement of the finalist! Here are the Q& A portion of the pageant:

Q: What would happen to the world if we could no longer use the internet?

A: I believe that computers itself as well as technologies nowadays, has its advantages and disadvantages. And one of the disadvantages is that we are no longer as close together with our families. I would like to use this moment to tell teenagers and everybody that we should use the methodology of computers and internet for....way. It’s never too late to start, let us start right now.

Q: What is your opinion on places that do not allow women to do things such as travel aboard, vote or drive cars?

A: In my opinion, we as women achieved our independence through time. Unfortunately, nowadays we still have some problems with our independence as women but we need to keep our open minds, because nowadays, we are home-makers, we are out there in the workforce, in my country we have a female president. We are capable of everything. 

Q: What the most significant thing we can do we can help women elect more women to political offices around the world?

A: I believe in order to select a good woman she must possess the good qualities in order to perform a good job. Discipline, to adapt herself, how to respond, her work her performance, and fulfilling her job.

Q: Can be done with the lack of jobs for young people starting their careers around the world?

A: For the people who have lack of jobs, I do believe that we people should invest in education (that is my primary advocacy) because if every one of us is educated and well-aware of what we are doing, we could land into jobs, we could land good careers in the future. So education is a primary source and a ticket for a better future.

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

A: I believe that I might have al lot of fears but nonetheless, this is nothing negative. I believe we should overcome all our fears and this in turn will make us much stronger and thus we can become stronger persons. As soon as we overcome our fears and we are sure of ourselves, we can face any challenges.


4th Runner Up: Brazil
3rd Runner Up: Philippines
2nd Runner Up: Ecuador
1st Runner Up: Spain
Miss Universe 2013: Venezuela, Gabriela Isler

The new Queen of the Universe from Venezuela.
Photo: AFP, Alexander Nemenov
Congrats to all the girls! You are all pretty and winners!

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