PHOTOS: Ariella's bikini pictorial for Miss Universe

Posted at 10/27/13 1:00 AM

Ariella Arida shows off her pageant physique in a white bikini. Photo from Arida's official Facebook page

PH bet tapped to join fashion show in Russia

MANILA -- The Philippines' candidate to Miss Universe, Ariella Arida, showed off the result of months of intense training when she emerged in a bikini for the pageant's swimsuit pictorial.

In a number of photos on the official Facebook page chronicling Arida's Miss Universe bid, the 24-year-old Alaminos-born beauty is seen posing in a white bikini.

The photos appear to be taken from the sidelines of the swimwear photoshoot of the pageant contestants.

Before leaving for Moscow, Russia -- where the coronation night will be held on November 9 -- Arida said she is thrilled to finally show off her improved physique after five months of rigorous training.

On Friday, Arida's official Facebook page also announced that she was among the 23 out of 86 candidates selected to participate in two pre-pageant events -- the Yamamay's Fashion Show and Tony Ward Couture Fashion Show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia.

Both shows took place on Saturday.

Arida is hoping to surpass the successes of her last three predecessors in Miss Universe -- Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup and Janine Tugonon -- who all finished in the international pageant's top five.

"This opportunity is a great responsibility that I am facing," Arida said during her sendoff press conference last week. "I'm not just fighting for myself, but this time, it's for our country."

"So I'm doing everything, I'm doing all my best to meet the expectations of everyone. And I know si God na po ang bahala kung ano ang gusto niyang ibigay sa akin... It's all for the Philippines. I'm sincere, it's for the Philippines," she said.