Filipinos are huge fans of pageants. Evidently, the internet is filled with people tweeting and posting about how they are supportive of our candidate. It also shows during the live event. The crowd is filled with people, and majority of the screams come from our fellow Filipinos.
Pageants are a part of our culture. From Miss Earth, International, World and Universe, our world stops every time our candidate enters the contest, particularly the Top 10. Here are some Miss Universe
- Gloria Diaz Winning the 1st Miss Universe Crown
Gloria Diaz won the title back in 1969, 19 years after the pageant started. With the dawning of the era of television, our early fellowmen found it very hard to watch the event as it happens. What made her win was her wit as she answered the question with ease, without stuttering and with confidence.
Q: If a man from the moon landed in your hometown, what would you do to entertain him?
A: Oh, just the same things I do. I think, if he has been on the moon for so long, I think when he comes over, he wants to change, I guess.
- Miriam Quiambao Standing Up after Her ‘Fall’
Miriam ended up being the 1st Runner Up in Miss Universe 1999. Although falling flat in bring the crown home, she was a crowd favorite. It roots from a little “incident” that happened during the preliminary gown competition. She fell but recovered quickly without losing her composure, earning the applause of the crowd.
It has become a staple moment and a reminder to never let a little fall break you down. A reminder to not just pageant candidates but to all of us, generally.
- Venus Raj Starting the Miss Universe Win Streak
After a decade, Venus Raj broke the curse of a non-Filipino winner in Miss Universe. Literally, the last winner before Venus was Miriam Quiambao, way back in 1999. For 10 years, the Philippines suffered a dry spell of Miss Universe winner.
Venus came home as the 4th Runner Up. After that, the Philippines went on winning the pageant for 8 consecutive years. Not just that, but all of the winners during this decade ranges from the title crown up to Top 10 placement. So everyone, say “Thank you, Venus Raj!”
- Pia Wurtzbach Earning the Title After Four Decades
Pia Wurtzbach brought home the crown back in 2015, after 28 years. The last was Margarita Moran and she won the title way back in 1973. Her crowning moment was a controversial one because of one mishap made by the host.
Steve Harvey announced Miss Colombia as the winner of the pageant. But minutes after the announcement, he came back on stage to announce that he made a mistake. It was Miss Colombia who earned 1st Runner Up status, meaning that the real winner was Miss Philippines after all. Still shook, Pia came back to the stage to claim the title that was rightfully hers.
- Catriona Gray’s Relevant and Timely Answer
Just when we all thought that we’re going to wait for another decade to win the title, three years after, Catriona Gray brought back the crown. From the preliminary rounds, she made waves as she famously did her “slow-mo turn” which became her signature move.
But what really catapulted her in winning the crown is when she answered two of the most difficult answers in the pageant. Her experience as a child advocate in the Philippines helped her a lot in winning Miss Universe 2018.
Q: “What is the most important lesson you’ve learned and how will you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?”
A: “I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is poor and very sad. And I’ve always taught to myself to look for the beauty of it and look in the beauty of the faces of the children and to be grateful. And I will bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And this I think if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children will have smile on their faces.”
All our candidates, whatever their placements, are all winners for us. Being chosen among millions of beautiful Filipinos to represent the country in such prestigious pageant is enough to consider them as a crown holder. Win or lose, our support never fails to amaze not just our fellowmen but the world, the universe rather.