Chiz: Megan illuminates our pride as a nation
MANILA – Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero lauded actress and TV host Megan Young for winning in the recently concluded Miss World pageant which was held in Bali, Indonesia over the weekend.
Calling her accomplishment as “a great source of pride and inspiration,” Escudero said Young's performance in Miss World 2013 only showed what Filipinos can achieve amid the conflicts confronting the nation.
“We toast Megan and all our fellow Filipinos who illuminate our pride as a nation and raise our consciousness as a people under one flag," Escudero said.
"Her accomplishment as a beauty queen brings not only the needed respite from the political and social ills that currently beset the country but hope as well, as we aspire to be a better people struggling to make a difference in life and for the country," the senator added.
Young made history as the first-ever Filipino winner of the title since the Philippines' debut in the pageant in 1966.
The 23-year-old actress bested 126 other international candidates to become the successor of China's Wenxia Yu, who conferred the crown on Young at the pageant's culminating event held at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center.
France's Marine Lorphelin finished second, while Ghana's Carranzar Shooter placed third.
Young's win was bolstered by her strong showing in various pre-pageant challenges, including the Top Model competition, which she won; the Beach Fashion tilt, where she ranked fifth; and the Multimedia Contest, where she placed fourth.
Young is currently spending a week in Europe where Miss World is based before she will return to the Philippines for a courtesy call at Malacañang, and a tour of her hometown in Olongapo City.