Miss Philippines Wins Miss Universe after a Terrible Blunder of the Host

After 42 years, The Philippines finally got a well-deserved 3rd crown  . I have met Ms. Pia Alonso Wurtzbach several times in some events.

Her third attempt to join Binibining Pilipinas and luckily won on her 3rd try.

Miss Universe 2015
Mr. Steve Harvey the host initially announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo of Sincelejo, Colombia as the winner of the 64th edition of the pageant, and then proceeded to apologize and said that Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach had actually won the crown.
Although there was much confusion made during the LIVE telecast , There is also another confusion at the twitter . He misspelled Miss Philippines and Miss Colombia country’s name.


Miss Philippines glamor shots is one of the best
Congratulations to the new Miss Universe 2015


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 .

Missosology: http://missosology.info/forum/viewtopic.php?t=79975

Fashion Police: http://www.fashionpulis.com/2011/09/shamcey-supsup-wearing-recycled-gown-by.html

Sash Factor: http://www.sashfactor.info/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=6023

Pinoy Exchange forum: http://www.pinoyexchange.com/forums/showthread.php?t=648258

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 .

See the link: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/519777/20131105/miss-universe-swimwear-bikini-philippines-ariella-arida.htm

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
VOTING LINK—> http://missuniverse.com/members/profile/657652/year:2013

Ms. Ariella Arida is among the top favorites at the Miss Universe pageant

Moscow, Russia

Ms. Ariella “Ara” Arida continued to live up to her frontrunner status  last night together with  Miss USA, Miss Venezuela, Miss Spain, Miss Curacao, Miss Puerto Rico, Miss Vietnam,  Miss Poland,  Miss Ukraine, Miss Russia , Miss Turkey , Miss Croatia , Miss Jamaica , Miss Brazil , Miss Australia , Miss Israel , Miss Dominican Republic,  Miss South Africa , Miss Indonesia , Miss Thailand and Miss Myanmar are some of this year’s top favorites.

Ariella Arida in Moscow

Ms. Philippines in Russia- courtesy of Ms. Universe. org

Of the 86 candidates who had their pictures taken for the winter-themed photo shoot, called “Ice Princess” . She emerged as one of the favorites by social media groups and photographers in Russia.

Ariela Arida

Ice princess photo

Of her picture taken by photographer Fadil Berisha, reporter Riza Ornos wrote: “In this glamour shot, Arida transformed from her exotic sultry look into a high class fashion model. From her frizzy mane to her pout and down to her skin stone, Ara Arida is a force to be reckoned with as she can transform from different looks as long as she wishes.  She’s now major favorite for the crown and if she continues to wow the judges, she could be the next to wear the Nexus crown.”

Ariella Arida in Swimsuit

Miss Philippines in swimsuit – Photo  courtesy of Miss Universe .org

The contestants had their preliminary interviews during the morning and national costume presentation at past 9:00PM.

Ariella Arida fashion show

Ms. Ariella Arida at the Tony Ward couture fashion

Ms. Ariella ” Ara” Arida was also chosen to be a model at the Mercedez Benz car show and Tony Ward couture show.

Bet365, Betfair, BetVictor, Sbobet and YouWin online betting sites pick Miss Philippines as one of their favorite bets.

Ariella Arida in National Costume

national costume competition

  Miss Universe -Philippines 2013 candidate ” Truth and Dare” videos  garnered over 176,000 views .

You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIC7oY3_Vlo

The pageant’s preliminary competition for swimwear and evening gown is set for November 5. It will be streamed live on the Miss Universe official website from the Crocus City Hall in Moscow.

The coronation night will be held in the same venue on November 9, 2013.

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