Ms. Ariella Arida during the preliminary competiton at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant

Moscow, Russia

Ariella Arida preliminary introduction

Miss Philippines  introduction -screen capture from Miss Universe 2013

The 86 Miss Universe contestants compete in swimsuit and evening gown before a panel of preliminary judges. The event takes place from Crocus City Hall,  Moscow, Russia and is hosted by Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo and comedian Nick Teplitz.

Ariella Arida in preliminary evening gown1

Ms. Ariella Arida wearing a canary -yellow gown

Alfredo Barraza

Mr. Alfredo Barraza

  The gown was made by Colombian fashion designer Mr. Alfredo Barraza.  Mr. Barraza is also the designer of Ms. Miriam Quiambao’s national costume and several Miss Universe-Philippines bet.  However, It is not all glitz and glamor for the Colombian designer.  Philippine pageant gurus and fashion experts agree that some of his fashion styles are tacky and not suited for international fashion sense.   This endless debates are the topic in various blogs and threads .


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Miss Colombia 2013

Miss Colombia- Lucia Aldana Roldan

Mr. Barraza and Hugo Jamioi, an artisan from Colombia’s Arawaca indigenous community  designed this year’s Miss Colombia’s bet –  Ms. Lucia Aldana Roldan, 21 .

Stella Marquez

 photo courtesy of Maonarcas de Belleza Nacionales

Ms. Stella Marquez de Araneta  ( Miss Colombia 1959, Miss Universe 1960 semi-finalist ,Miss International 1960  , current Binibining Pilipinas chairperson) and Mr. Alfredo Barraza are bosom friends from long time ago.

Miriam Quiambao's national costume

Miriam Quiambao- national costume

Ariella Arida in National Costume

Ariella Arida -national costume

The national costume of Miss Philippines  was executed by Mr. Alfredo Barraza from 1999 to 2013 except for 2012 ( done by Mr. Pitoy Moreno).

Ariella Arida in preliminary swimsuit1

preliminary swimsuit

Majority  of the screaming fans were rooting for hometown bet  Miss Russia , While strong public support  and fans were cheering very loud for Miss Mexico , Miss Curacao, Miss Malaysia, Miss Myanmar , Miss Ukraine ,  Miss Venezuela , Miss Colombia , Miss Panama, Miss Thailand, Miss Indonesia , Miss Vietnam, Miss England, Miss USA  and Miss Philippines.

Ariella Arida in preliminary swimsuit 2

preliminary swimsuit -photo courtesy of Miss Universe

Based on the uploaded videos , social networking sites and pageant threads  Ms. Philippines performance during the swimsuit and evening gown is highly commendable and almost assured of a spot in the finals .

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However,netizens should not be too complacent about the  reviews . Here is a link on how to help Miss Philippines in the finals stages of the competition.

VOTE for Miss Philippines

You have the Power to SEND Miss Philippines to the SEMI FINALS of MISS UNIVERSE 2013 through VOTING! You can VOTE 100 times per Email add a Day.Voting ENDS Nov.8,2013 (Friday)at 6pm ET OR Nov 9,2013 7 am PH TIME

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