LAGUNA BEAUTY CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE PH / MASBATE'S BEA SANTIAGO, BB. PILIPINAS INT'L
[Miss Universe 2012 first runner up Janine Tugonon crowns this year's Miss Universe Philippines winner Ariella Arida during the Binibining Pilipinas Gold beauty pageant at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night. Photo by Rem Zamora for ABS-CBNnews.com]
MANILA, APRIL 8, 2013 (ABS-CBN) Ariella Arida, a 24-year-old from Alaminos, Laguna, will be the country’s representative to the Miss Universe pageant this year after she was named Miss Universe Philippines 2013 during the Binibining Pilipinas coronation night on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Arida, a keen sportswoman who loves the outdoors, especially the beach, was also judged best in swimsuit in the 50th edition of the country’s popular beauty pageant.
Meanwhile, Bea Rose Santiago, 23 years old from Masbate, was named Bb. Pilipinas-International. Santiago, who was also chosen Bb. Avon, loves to travel and at one time, had been to 12 cities in two countries in just two months.
Bea Rose Santiago
Twenty-three year old Joanna Cindy Miranda of Nueva Ecijia was crowned Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism. Miranda, who was also named Bb. Petron and the winner of the Cream Silk Beyond Beautiful Woman Award, gave up her hosting stint to pursue her dream of becoming a beauty queen.
Finally, 20-year-old Mutya Johanna Datul of Isabela was crowned Bb Pilipinas Supranational. Datul, who was also named Bb. Photogenic and Best in Evening Gown, financed her schooling and her mother’s medical expenses by participating in beauty pageants.
Cagayan de Oro’s Pia Wurtzbach, 23, who is also a member of ABS-CBN’s Star Magic, was named first runner up.
The pageant kicked off with the past winners of Bb. Pilipinas, led by Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, taking the stage, in celebration of the golden anniversary of the country’s premiere beauty pageant.
The pageant was hosted by Martin Nievera and Dawn Zulueta and featured musical performances from Sam Milby, Xian Lim, Sam Concepcion and Matteo Guidicelli.
Several special awards were also given on Sunday, including Miss Friendship, which went to Lourenz Grace Remetillo; Miss Talent, Anna Carmela Aquino; Best in National Costume, Alaine Baccay; Manila Bulletin Readers Choice Award, Ellore Punzalan; Bb. Pilipinas-PAGCOR, Imelda Schweighart; Bb. Philippine Airlines, Nicole Kim Donesa; and Bb. San Miguel Zero Fit and Sexy Body, Pia Wurtzbach.
Making it to the top 15 were Camille Nazar, 23 from Bulacan; Charmaine Elima,20 from Binangonan, Rizal; Ellore Punzalan, 26, from Las Pinas; Merry Joyce Respicio, 18, from Bulacan; Ma. Angelica De Leon,19 from Batangas; Parul Shah, 24, from Pangasinan; Grace Yann Apuad, 25, from Agusan del Sur; Rhea Nakpil, 23, from San Mateo, Rizal; Imelda Schweighart, 17, from Puerto Princesa City, Palawam; and Amanda Noelle Navasero, 22, from Makati.
FROM THE INQUIRER
UP graduate Ariella Arida bags Bb. Pilipinas-Universe crown By Armin Adina Philippine Daily Inquirer April 15, 2013 | 1:18 am
[Ariella Arida PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK.COM]
MANILA, Philippines—A BS chemistry graduate of the University of the Philippines bagged the Bb. Pilipinas Universe title Sunday night.
Ariella Arida, who also participated in last year’s Ms. Philippines-Earth pageant, got the coveted title over 49 other candidates.
Bea Santiago was declared Bb. Pilipinas-International; Cindy Miranda, Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism; Mutya Datul, Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational; and actress and model Pia Wurtzbach, 1st runnerup.
– Ms. Friendship—Lourenz Grace Remetillo
– Ms. Talent—Ana Carmela Aquino – Best in National Costume—Ma. Teresita Alaine Baccay – Reader’s choice—Ellore Noelle Punzalan – Bb. Petron—Joanna Cindy Miranda – Ms. Photogenic—Mutya Johanna Datul
The others who landed in the Top 15 were: Imelda Schweighart; Grace Yann Apuad; Charmaine Elima; Rhea Nakpil; Amanda Navasero; Noelle Punzalan; Camille Nazar; Mariel de Leon; Joyce Respicio; and Parul Shah.
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