After 47 years of competing in the Miss World Beauty pageant since 1966, a Filipina finally brought home the crown on Saturday, Sept 28, 2013, in Bali, Indonesia. Miss World 2013 is Miss Philippines Megan Young, a 23-year-old actress, VJ and model who started her show business career in 2005 at the age of 15 in a reality talent search.
The Miss World is the only major international beauty pageant where there has been no winner from the Philippines, until Saturday, which has two Miss Universe winners in 1969 by Gloria Diaz and 1973 by Margie Moran and four Miss International winners in 1964 by Gemma Teresa Cruz, 1970 by Aurora Pijuan, 1979 by Melanie Marquez and 2005 by Precious Lara Quigaman.
However, two Miss Philippines contestants had actually almost snagged the crown in 1973 and 2011.
They were Evangeline Pascual in 1973 and Gwendolyn Ruais in 2011. In 1993, Ruffa Gutierrez was 2nd runner-up and Asia & Oceania's Queen of Beauty.
Miss World 1973 Marjorie Wallace of the United States was dethroned, but the crown was not given to Evangeline Pascual. She was offered to carry the duties of Miss World for the remaining months of the year, but would not be given the title. Since she was doing a movie that time, Pascual declined even when the crown was later offered, which eventually went to the 2nd runner-up from Jamaica, Patsy Yuen.
Two more Miss Philippines made it to the top 10 - Evangeline Reyes in 1972 and Cara Subijano in 1994, while three more made it to the top five. They were Pinky Amabuyok, 4th runner-up in 1968, Maria Rafaela Verdadero Yunon, 4th runner-up in 2003 and Maria Karla Rabanal Bautista , 4th runner-up in 2004.
Since Megan joined Miss World, she has been a very strong contender for the crown. Thus, when she bested 126 other contestants, the Philippines and the world was not surprised by her victory.
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