Philippine bet Maxine Medina advanced to the Top 6 of the Miss Universe 2016 pageant.
The country’s bet Maxine Medina got in the top six during the main competition of the Miss Universe on Monday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Maxine was announced as among the top six by Steve Harvey who came back to host this year’s Miss Universe after the controversial mix-up last year.
As her name was announced, the crowd chanted with flags waving: “Maxine! Maxine! Maxine!”
Maxine slayed during the swimsuit competition with host Steve Harvey saying Maxine made history for making a back to back Top 13 finish for her country.
He lauded the Philippines for being the best audience of the Miss Universe.
“I am blown away… In the Philippines you’re the greatest fans in the world,” Harvey said.
Mickey Boardman, a judge and an Editorial Director of popular fashion and pop-culture magazine PAPER, said Maxine was among those who stood up during the swimsuit competition.
Maxine sizzled on stage during the evening gown competition in a red flowing gown glittering with sequins.
Maxine had vowed for a back to back win for the Philippines, following Pia Wurtzbach who won the most coveted crown in December 2015.
Harvey made a joke that every time he is set to read a card, he scrunches up his face to make sure he is getting it right.
“Every time I read up a card, I scrunch up just a little bit,” Harvey said, making the audience laugh.
Harvey made last year’s Miss Universe controversial after he wrongly announced Miss Colombia as queen, and later corrected himself and announced Wurtzbach as Miss Universe.
Harvey said his second chance to host the pageant is his “confidence booster” and he is set to make sure he doesn’t make a mistake again.
Medina joined five other candidates in the Final Question round, where they will compete in the question and answer portion:
Miss France – Iris Mittenaere
Miss Kenya – Mary Esther Were
Miss Colombia – Andrea Tovar
Miss Thailand – Chalita Suansane
Miss Haiti – Raquel Pelissier
The Top 6 candidates will be reduced to three for the Final Look.