|Miss Universe 2012 first runner up Janine Tugonon crowns this year's Miss Universe Philippines winner Ariella Arida during the Binibining Pilipinas Gold beauty pageant at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night. Photo by Rem Zamora for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Ariella Arida, a 24-year-old from Laguna, will be the country’s representative to the Miss Universe pageant this year after she was named Miss Universe Philippines 2013 during the Binibining Pilipinas coronation night on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Arida, a keen sportswoman who loves the outdoors, especially the beach, was also judged best in swimsuit in the 50th edition of the country’s popular beauty pageant.
Meanwhile, Bea Rose Santiago, 23 years old from Masbate, was named Bb. Pilipinas-International. Santiago, who was also chosen Bb. Avon, loves to travel and at one time, had been to 12 cities in two countries in just two months.
Twenty-three year old Joanna Cindy Miranda of Nueva Ecija was crowned Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism. Miranda, who was also named Bb. Petron and the winner of the Cream Silk Beyond Beautiful Woman Award, gave up her hosting stint to pursue her dream of becoming a beauty queen.
|Bea Rose Santiago
Finally, 20-year-old Mutya Johanna Datul of Isabela was crowned Bb Pilipinas Supranational. Datul, who was also named Bb. Photogenic and Best in Evening Gown, financed her schooling and her mother’s medical expenses by participating in beauty pageants.
Cagayan de Oro’s Pia Wurtzbach, 23, who is also a member of ABS-CBN’s Star Magic, was named first runner up.
The pageant kicked off with the past winners of Bb. Pilipinas, led by Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, taking the stage, in celebration of the golden anniversary of the country’s premiere beauty pageant.
The pageant was hosted by Martin Nievera and Dawn Zulueta and featured musical performances from Sam Milby, Xian Lim, Sam Concepcion and Matteo Guidicelli.
Several special awards were also given on Sunday, including Miss Friendship, which went to Lourenz Grace Remetillo; Miss Talent, Anna Carmela Aquino; Best in National Costume, Alaine Baccay; Manila Bulletin Readers Choice Award, Ellore Punzalan; Bb. Pilipinas-PAGCOR, Imelda Schweighart; Bb. Philippine Airlines, Nicole Kim Donesa; and Bb. San Miguel Zero Fit and Sexy Body, Pia Wurtzbach.
Making it to the top 15 were Camille Nazar, 23 from Bulacan; Charmaine Elima,20 from Binangonan, Rizal; Ellore Punzalan, 26, from Las Pinas; Merry Joyce Respicio, 18, from Bulacan; Ma. Angelica De Leon,19 from Batangas; Parul Shah, 24, from Pangasinan; Grace Yann Apuad, 25, from Agusan del Sur; Rhea Nakpil, 23, from San Mateo, Rizal; Imelda Schweighart, 17, from Puerto Princesa City, Palawam; and Amanda Noelle Navasero, 22, from Makati.