Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Manalo Fails to Make It To the Top 15 Miss Universe Finalists

RP bet fails to make Miss Universe Top 15 finalists
08/24/2009 | 09:58 AM
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Pamela Bianca Manalo, the Philippines’ bet to the prestigious Miss Universe 2009 beauty pageant, did not make it to the Top 15 finalists vying for the highly-coveted crown.

The Philippines last won a Miss Universe title in 1973 with Margie Moran, a long drought which Manalo failed to break.

This year’s top 15 finalists include the contestants from the following countries: United States, Puerto Rico, Iceland, Albania, Czech Republic, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Sweden, Kosovo, Australia, France, Switzerland, South Africa, Croatia, and Venezuela.

The pageant is being held in the Bahamas in the South American region.

A winner will be crowned by reigning Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela.

The Associated Press reported that some 2,700 tickets had been sold by late Saturday out of the 3,100 available, according to tourism officials.

The televised event includes musical performances by Flo Rida, Heidi Montag, David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. Judges include actor Dean Cain and supermodel Valeria Mazza.

Manalo, a 22-year-old native of Manila, is an advertising graduate of the Assumption College who now works as a flight attendant.

She is the sister of Katherine Anne Manalo, a Top 10 finalist in the Miss World pageant in 2002. Bianca Manalo is also the niece of Nini Ramos-Licaros, who was a Miss International semi-finalist in 1968. - with reports from AP, GMANews.TV

It is disappointing to listen to Billy Bush and Claudia Jordan announce the last of the Miss Universe contestants who made it to the list of the 15 finalists and not hearing the name of Miss Bianca Manalo announced. Despite not making it to the Miss Universe Top 15 finalists, Manalo remains composed and gracious in accepting defeat. For many Filipinos, especially those who had witnessed the Miss Universe pageant in the Bahamas, she reamains our Miss Universe because after all, she is the country's reigning Bb. Pilipinas-Universe.

Indeed, beauty is subjective. In this year's Miss Universe pageant, the judges tend to prefer the Caucasian beauty except for Miss Dominican Republic. Not a single Asian placed in the Top 15 slots. However, the Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic bagged by Miss China and Miss Thailand, respectively, were sort of consolation to the hopeful wanna-be's.

Well, there's always next year.

Bianca Manalo and Miss Universe

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