Photo Credits: MU FB Page
Ara Arida received a well-deserved shout out from the Official Miss Universe Facebook Page. The photo was taken from the fashion show organized by Philippine Daily Inquirer for the benefit of Super Typhoon Yolanda survivors.
I just came home from work and I am about to leave again. I thought that it would be best to leave you a not explaining my absence for the past few days.
I told you about the Super Typhoon Yolanda that caused a lot of destruction in the Visayas region. As a proud Bisaya, I am currently busy extending any form of help to my Kababayans who were affected by the calamity. I am also working on bringing my Nanay Samar to Cebu because life there is uncomfortable with very limited food and no electricity. I wrote fewer beauty-pageant posts because of this. I really hope you understand! I am again appealing to you, my kind-hearted readers, for your help. Click THIS to know more
I will pick-up my beauty pageant posts this weekend, I promise! I will start my full coverage of Miss Earth 2013 and give you Miss Cebu 2014 updates. I will also be posting the winners of the Kattera Awards: Miss Universe 2013 really soon! I am very excited for Miss Earth especially that I will be meeting the candidates in person! Yes, I will be in Manila twice to witness some key activities of the pageant. Hope you are excited! See you soon…
Our Photo of the Day was taken during the early stage of Miss Universe 2013 when the girls were shooting their swimsuit photo. Like a magical crystal ball, this photo was premonition of what laid ahead
Photo Credits: Missosology
From L-R: Patricia Rodriguez of Spain, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela and Constanza Baez of Ecuador. These three also ended up as the last three standing delegates. Gabriela – who ended up with the crown – was flanked by her first runner-up to her right and her second runner-up to her left.
What a coincidence!
Now that the Miss Universe 2013 season has ended and while waiting for the official start of Miss Earth 2013, I will be dedicating some posts here to help spread the news on how to help the Visayas region. This region in central Philippines was hit by two consecutive major natural disasters – the 7.2 magnitude earthquake on October 15 and the Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 8. These disasters left hundreds of thousands of people orphaned, injured and homeless. There are a lot of things that we can do to help and I will be sharing them here.
Bangon Visayas (Stand-Up Visayas) will be the working theme of this effort as I try to reach more people and spread the news on how to help Visayas. Let us make the lives of all Bisaya beautiful again
Miss Universe 2013 ended on a very high note for me. Before I go to lalaland, I decided to hit the keyboard and share with you my thoughts of the finale.
Photo Credits: Miss Universe
- Production Quality: POOR – background music used in the opening, swimsuit and evening gown were boring; the choreography was not advantageous to the candidates and the whole pageant seemed rushed even if it was for two long hours.
- Hosts and Commentators’ Performances: AVERAGE – there was nothing exceptional on the performances of Thomas, Mel B and Jeannie. Mel B was a bit lifeless comparing it to her performance in Miss Universe 2008. I am too annoyed and tired hearing Jeannie Mai’s voice. I appeal to Miss Universe Organization to please stop getting Jeannie as commentator. Thomas was a snoozefest. Even Bret Michael’s trainwreck performance in Miss Universe 2010 was a step ahead than Thomas’.
- Top 16: AVERAGE – I was shocked realizing the list of Top 16. Poland, Israel and even Russia were conspicuously missing. I surely don’t get the reason behind the inclusion of China, Nicaragua and Indonesia. I got 8 out of my Top 16 and one from my alternatives.
- Top 10: GOOD – I was satisfied with the Top 10. I got 7 out of my 10. Puerto Rico was shockingly dropped after her swimsuit performance. I thought that the performance was one of the best but it was her beauty that was styled with those hideous curls that ruined everything. If I had my way, I would have traded Costa Rica and Puerto Rico with USA and India.
- Top 5: GOOD – My score was 3 out of 5 and I can’t be happier. My 2nd – 4th placer candidates were still alive. Shockers on the girls that were dropped. Any of Great Britain and Ukraine could have taken Ecuador’s place. By this time, I was crazy trying to understand why Ecuador was there. She looked really mature and her evening gown performance was not even memorable. The moment that Dominican Republic went out with that tacky gown, I had a very strong feeling that she will be dropped and she was! She topped my list of favorite evening gown in that peach colored dress so I don’t understand the reason behind changing the gown.
- Placements: EXCELLENT – Despite the absence of my sentimental favorite Paulina Krupinska of Poland in the Top 16, I felt that Gabriela Isler’s win was my vindication! I had a lot of doubts on Day 1 but Gabriela was just unstoppable. Spain and Philippines’ placements were just perfect!
To my friends who are asking about my comments on Ara – Ara delivered the best answer among the 5 candidates but Pong’s theory is working here again… “The best answer doesn’t win!” – Pong! I believe that she lost the title because she was not “the best” during the Q & A and during the “Last Look”. Venezuela claimed the title by answering in a very serene and calm manner with an elegance that we only see in queens. You should also check-out Venezuela’s face during the last look. She was confident about her performance and it translated on her face
Congratulations Venezuela for claiming your 7th Miss Universe crown
for proving (once again) that you are the most successful pageant powerhouse in the Universe
One of these ladies will be Miss Universe 2013:
After the final interview, I don’t know…
I am crossing my fingers for Venezuela, Philippines, Spain & Brazil
* Happy to see Great Britain in that red gown. She was DIVINE!
* Yaritza Reyes (Dominican Republic) just threatened her chances with that risky gown.
* These are my favorites: Spain, Philippines, Great Britain, Brazil, Ukraine and Venezuela.
* I can’t decide on who to drop
* The million-dollar swimsuit was not after all a million dollar worthy… I don’t understand the hype…
Here are the 10 lucky delegates who advanced to the Top 10:
It was Puerto Rico’s styling that killed her chances…
7 of my Top 10 are still alive!
Crossing my fingers for my 2-4 bets… I miss Poland
* Olivia Culpo was wearing a night gown… WTH?!?
* Swimsuit Stand-Outs: Costa Rica – what a body; China – fierce; Ecuador & Venezuela – the Latina Attitude, Dominican Republic – appeal, Puerto Rico’s Confidence (still hate the hair) and Spain – facial factor.
Here are the Top 16 of Miss Universe 2013:
I was on edge….
I only had 9/16… Disappointed…
I am crying for Poland