Ariella Arida named Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up |results, video

    Philippines' pride to the Miss Universe 2013, Ariella Arida was named 3rd runner-up in the recently concluded coronation night held at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia on Saturday, November 9, 2013 ( 2AM, Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Philippine Time).

    Ariella Arida Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up
    Ariella Arida, Miss Universe 2013 - 3rd Runner Up

    86 countries battled to the much coveted title, the Miss Universe 2013. It is considered as the most popular beauty pageant being organized worldwide on top of Miss World, International and Earth pageants. Arida was included in the Top 5 together with Ms. Venezuela, Spain, Ecuador and Brazil.

    Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler was crowned Miss Universe 2013. Miss Spain Patricia Rodriguez came next (1st runner-up), while Miss Ecuador Constanza Baez and Miss Brazil Jekelyne Oliveira, finished 2nd and 4th, respectively.

    Other contenders who made it to the Top 10 are Miss Great Britain Amy Willerton, Miss India Manasi Moghe, Miss USA Erin Brady, Miss Ukraine Olga Storozhenko, and Yaritza Reyes from the Dominican Republic.

    Ariella Arida in Miss Universe Q and A

    Question from Judge Tara Lipinski was given to Arida : "What can be done about the lack of jobs for young people starting their careers around the world?"

    The Filipina beauty queen replied: "For the people who have lack of jobs, I do believe that we people should invest in education and that is my primary advocacy, because we all know that if everyone of us is educated and well aware of what we are doing, we could land into jobs and we could land a good career in the future. Education is the primary source and ticket to a better future."

    Note that Miss Philippines is the only candidate who answered the final question using the international language 'English'. Other contestants in the Top 5 have an interpreter - Venezuela, Spain, Ecuador and Brazil.

    Filipinos are proud of her achievement

    Although Arida's finish in the competition did not exactly live up to the high expectations of Filipinos, but she still made the Philippines truly proud of her as she shone a lot in pre-pageant and on coronation night.

    Prior to the coronation night, Arida won the pre-pageant honors for Ice Princess for a winter-themed glam photo shoot. Her video for the pageant’s official “Truth and Dare” series had the most views on YouTube and was the only one to reach the 300,000 mark out of the 86 contestants.

    Ariella made it to the top 16 via the online social media voting.

    On social media, netizens cheered the Filipino representative with the following hashtags have trended on Twitter Philippines: #cheerforariela, Top 16 and #MU2013.

    Arida, 24 and Chemistry major who graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB) has a competitive spirit that allowed her to represent her country admirably in the pageant. Arida followed the success of other top-five victories achieved by her predecessors – Janine Tugonon in 2012, Shamcey Supsup in 2011, and Venus Raj in 2010.

    Philippines is still hoping for the elusive title which was first won by Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973.

    Miss Universe 2013 was judged by Aerosmith frontman and lead singer Steven Tyler, Nobu and Matsuhisa restaurants' Chef Nobu, Lipinski, television personality Carl Alt, supermodel Anne V., Farouk Shami, Italo Fontana and Russian pop star Philip Kirkorov.

    Host Thomas Roberts, who is joined by Melanie Brown (Mel B.), dedicated the show to the people of the Philippines and Vietnam who were and are being hit by supertyphoon Yolanda.

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