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Megan Young crowned Miss World 2013


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BALI, Indonesia—Miss Philippines, Megan Young, was crowned Miss World in a glittering finale on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday.

“I promise to be the best Miss World ever,” Young, 23, said after winning the 63rd annual event, as a large number of Filipino fans who traveled with her celebrated by jumping and waving the country’s flag.

“Salamat sa mga kababayan ko. Mahal na mahal ko kayo (Thanks to my compatriots. I love you very much),” said the teary-eyed actress after she was crowned on Hindu-majority Bali at the end of a three-week contest.

Philippines’ first

Young, wearing a pearl white gown,  bested 126 beauty queens from around the world to become the first Filipina to win the coveted title in a contest broadcast to more than 180 countries worldwide.

Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, 20, took second place, while Miss Ghana, Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, 22, came in third.

The 127 contestants vying for the crown were introduced Saturday wearing evening gowns shimmering in sequins, many of them with plunging necklines and slits up the leg. Four candidates dropped out earlier, mainly due to illnesses, said Syafril Nasution, one of the local organizers.

Young, who took the crown from Wenxia Yu of China, the 2012 winner, was born in the United States. When she was 10 she moved to the Philippines, where she has appeared in films and as a television host.

Core value of humanity

She thanked the judges for choosing her and pledged to “just be myself in everything I do, to share what I know and to educate people.”

To the question “Why should you be Miss World?” Young answered, “I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do. I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other … as one, we can help society.”

This is the first time the Philippines has won a Miss World title crown in the 63-year history of the London-based pageant.

The country has won the Miss Universe title twice, Miss International four times, Miss Earth once and Miss Supranational also once, this year.

The closest the Philippines came to win the Miss World title before were in 1973 with Evangeline Pascual and in 2011 with Gwendoline Ruais.  Both finished first runner-up.

AND THE NEW MISS WORLD IS . . . Miss Philippines Megan Young, right, reacts after winning the Miss World pageant final in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Young beat candidates from 128 countries and is the first Filipina to wear the crown in the pageant’s 63-year history. AP

Protest

Indonesia’s government announced three weeks ago that the finals would be moved from the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, and instead held on the Hindu-dominated resort island of Bali, where earlier rounds were taking place following protests by Muslim hardliner groups.

In a bid to reduce hard-line anger, organizers also took an early decision this year to axe the famed bikinis from the “beach fashion” round, replacing them with Balinese sarongs. But pressure continued to mount, and more mainstream groups joined in and called for the show to be banned.

Despite threats from the Islamic Defenders Front to disrupt the pageant, police said no rallies were staged Saturday. The group has demonstrated for weeks, calling for the government to cancel the pageant because members say it shows too much skin and goes against Islamic teachings.

Hundreds of police were deployed across Bali for Saturday’s final, which saw contestants clad in stilettos and shimmering gowns take to the stage in the Nusa Dua resort, southern Bali.

The contestants were quickly whittled down to six. Then, they faced a question-and-answer round before the winner was announced.

 

Highest score

Young, who is studying digital media and also presents TV shows in the Philippines, entered the semifinal round with the highest score based on preliminary activities.

Just a day before the coronation night, the Miss World Organization announced on its official website that Young topped the “Top Model” competition, placed fourth in the “Multimedia Challenge” and fifth in the “Beach Beauty” contest.

Others who made it to the Top 6 were Brazil’s Sancler Frantz who won the Beach Beauty competition, Spain’s Elena Ibarbia, and Gibraltar’s Maroua Kharbouch, who advanced by amassing the highest number of public votes.

Young’s proclamation as the new Miss World came just weeks after her coronation as the country’s official representative to the global competition.

Clear favorite

She was a clear favorite in the 2013 Miss World Philippines pageant and bested 25 other contestants in the finale held Aug. 18 at the Solaire Resort and Casino.

In the national tilt, the Olongapo-based Young also bagged the lion’s share of special awards—Best in Fashion Runway, Miss Sports by Fila, Miss Reducin, Miss Olay, Miss Laguna, Miss Bold and Glamorous by Revlon, Miss Figlia, Miss Bench Body, Miss Slimmers World and Miss Solaire Resort and Casino.

Young was just as impressive in the international competition. During the opening press conference, she joined 2013 winner Yu Wenxia of China and Miss World owner Julia Morley in addressing the media delegation. Eight other international representatives joined the Philippines’ bet.

The American-Filipino TV personality also earned a spot in the “Dances of the World” segment for the final telecast, where only a select few contestants were chosen.

Interest in Asia

A total of 129 contestants had been due to compete in the final, but two pulled out at the last minute, according to organizers.

While the popularity of Miss World, first held in 1951, has waned in the West, continued interest in Asian countries ensures that the final rakes in a huge global television audience.

Venezuela has produced the most Miss Worlds, with six winners, while India and Britain claim five titles each. With Armin Adina, Inquirer; Agence France-Presse

PHILIPPINES’ PRIDE Newly crowned Miss World Megan Young of Philippine, center, waves, after winning the Miss World contest, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Young beat candidates in 128 countries and became the first Filipina to win the title in the pageant’s 63-year history. AP


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  • robin

    in CNN… people seems thinking she’s American since she was born in US not in the Philippines.. But since she grown up here and her mother is a FIlipina by right she can be both Filipino and American..

    The really funny part is some American’s would rather being represented by her than by that Indian lol

    • grapes

      The Miss America 2013 winner is a full blooded indian from India. American citizenship is by birth of place not by blood like the Philippines. Megan Young’s father is an American, and she was born in Virginia, USA also made her a true American. Indeed she is both American/Filipino. Many Americans have denounced their citizenships for personal reasons, or treasons.

  • Diepor

    I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do. I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other … as one, we can help society

    You won a competion because of your looks, not because you can change the world.

    • Yahoogle

      Changing the world is a long shot but changing the lives of people through the power of kindness will drive different societies to become better. She won the competition because of her looks and her drive to help others.

      What have you done?

      • Diepor

        You really cant see how stupid it is. She is a beauty queen. Power of kindness, help others, you think she is mother theresa? She is sexy in bikini, that I can agree on.

      • Sawthe BambOO

        bitter ka lng lol

    • turin55555

      “You won a competion because of your looks, not because you can change the world.”

      Megan says, “…as one, we can help society”.

      Did she say only she could change the world? Obviously, she is offering herself to be the instrument or channel among all types of people in the world to help them “understand each other”…

    • grapes

      The world is with mixed cultures, almost, always when cultures clash, then it becomes a problem to a point of warfare. Each country has their own unique cultures and traditions, that may be offensive to other country or counties, like women from muslims counties, they covers their heads and faces. Sovereign country can only change what they want to change, not from any outside intimidations. Miss World organization have their own agenda to be carried out by individual winner during her year of reign. Thus, any winner just don’t do her own thing, but to accomplish the set up goals of the Miss World organization on a yearly basis. The challenge is how effective a Miss World to help, inspire others in helping others to help themselves. You cannot just give away thousands, if not millions of fish, but help/inspire others how to go fishing.

  • payutenyodagimas

    i have no problem with her being a mestiza..what i want to know is if she carries a Philippine passport?
    as often the case, these children of mixed marriages follow the citizenship of their foreigner parent and they come to the philippines only to take advantage of our fascination of mestizas/or mestizos.
    its a free market so i dont object to it, it not my money being spent anyway to watch them but representing the Philippines should at least be citizens

    • grapes

      Philippine citizenship is through bloodline, her mother is Filipino makes her a true blooded Filipino. Its very costly, if she did not get into the status of dual citizenship having live more than half of her life in the Philippines. She definitely have a Philippine passport. By this time after winning Miss World 2013 as Philippines entry, the tabloids/press would have made a huge open season controversy, if she traveled with a US passport.

    • Sawthe BambOO

      shabu pa!

  • JK1000

    I must say Caucasian + asian = great looking kids…..I’ve seen it ! Kahit gaano ka panget ang babaeng asiana kapag nag-asawa ng puti, lilitaw ang ganda ng lahing puti. Anne Curtis, Sarah Labhati, Angelica Panganiban, Megan Young, Sam Milby,Gerard Anderson, Dawn Zuelta, Carlos Agassi, Edu Manzano, Julia Montes, Patrick Garcia, Rhian Ramos, at sina Pokwang and Richie D’ Horsie.

  • leocarias

    Young was just as impressive in the international competition. During
    the opening press conference, she joined 2013 winner Yu Wenxia of China
    and Miss World owner Julia Morley in addressing the media delegation.
    Eight other international representatives joined the Philippines’ bet.

    2012 winner Yu Wenxia I suppose…. 2013 is Mss Philippines. Inquirer please correct….

  • Cue_Vas

    No the judge slept with your sister.

  • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

    JOJO I WONT GO THAT FAR

  • AlzheimersC

    I think libangan mo lang ang pagiging heckler…hehe

  • damatannapo

    go wank urself



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