MANILA – Malacañang and Vice President Jejomar Binay congratulated Miss Philippines Megan Young for winning in the 2013 Miss World pageant held in Bali, Indonesia Saturday night.
Presidential Communications Strategic Planning and Development Office Secretary Ricky Carandang said Young has given Filipinos another reason to be proud.
“We congratulate Megan Young for winning Miss World. This is another Filipino who has gone out in the world… This is another reason for us to be proud,” he said in an interview with radio dzRB.
Binay, for his part, said Young’s victory “is proof of the beauty and excellence inherent in the Filipino people.”
Binay said Young’s win is not only for herself but for the whole nation.
“Amid the many issues our country is facing today, Miss Young’s victory is a candle of hope that assures us we will pull through,” he said.
Young, 23, 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.
She is the first Filipino winner of the title since the Philippines joined the pageant in 1966.
France’s Marine Lorphelin finished second, while Ghana’s Carranzar Shooter placed third. Completing the Top 6 were Spain’s Elena Ibarbia, Brazil’s Sancler Frantz, and Gibraltar’s Maroua Kharbouch (People’s Choice).
The ABS-CBN actress’ win in Miss World is preceded by similarly strong performances from Filipinas in the pageant. Gwendoline Ruais finished 1st runner-up, while Queneerich Rehman placed in the Top 15 in the 2011 and 2012 editions of the competition, respectively.
Other notable Filipinas in Miss World are Evangeline Pascual, who placed second in 1973; Ruffa Gutierrez, 2nd runner-up in 1993; and Carlene Aguilar, Top 15 in 2005.