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    Gazini Ganados ends Miss Universe 2019 journey

    MANILA, Philippines – Gazini Ganados' dream of bringing home the country's fifth and back-to-back Miss Universe title has come to an end.

    The 23-year-old Ganados from Talisay, Cebu, failed to advance to the Top 10 of the competition. She made it the Top 20 as a wild card semi-finalist.

    Gazini Ganados ends Miss Universe 2019 journey
    We're still proud of you, Gazini Ganados! Thanks for representing the Philippines!

    In the opening statement for the Top 20 semi-finalists, Ganados talked about her advocacy for the elderly.

    "The world is aging and my grandparents raised me and I’ve worked in an organization that is supporting for elderly care. I learned that, I realized that there’s stigma between ageism, poverty and exclusivity and invisibility," she said.

    "It's rightful for us to remember they were the ones who pave the way for us and we reciprocate that love and no one should ever be left behind," Ganados added.

    The pageant is still ongoing at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States.

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    Moving on to the next round of competition are:

    • USA — Cheslie Kryst
    • Colombia — Gabriela Tafur
    • Puerto Rico — Madison Anderson
    • South Africa — Zozibini Tunzi
    • Peru — Kelin Rivera
    • Iceland — Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir
    • France — Maëva Coucke
    • Indonesia — Frederika Alexis Cull
    • Thailand — Paweensuda Drouin
    • Mexico — Sofía Aragón

    The Top 10 will compete in the swimsuit and evening gown competition, and the judges will choose the top 5.

    The country so far has four Miss Universe titlists: Catriona Gray in 2018, Pia Wurtzbach in 2015, Margie Moran in 1973 and Gloria Diaz in 1969.

    — The Summit Express

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