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Monday, September 30, 2013

Philippines' Megan Young Is Miss World 2013

Megan Young during the Press Presentation of Miss World 2013 in Bali

Megan Young as one of the Top Eleven (11) Finalists of Beach Fashion Competition, one of the Challenge Events of Miss World

Megan Young as one of the Top Ten (10) Finalists of the Top Model Competition, one of the Challenge Events of Miss World 

Megan Young was announced as one of the Top Ten (10) Finalists of Miss World Top Model Competition held last September 24, 2013. Later, she was announced as the Winner of Top Model Competition, one day before the Miss World finals as posted on Miss World Official Website. 

Megan Young dancing the folk dance, Singkil in Dances of the World segment of Miss World. Singkil is an ethnic Maranao royalty wedding dance in the southern Philippine province of Lanao del Norte in Mindanao. Singkil is a Muslim dance which is just appropriate and ideal for Miss World venue of Indonesia which is a predominantly Muslim Country

Bali, Indonesia - In a historic, colorful and glittering ceremony marred by protests from some extremist groups, a stunning twenty-three year old Megan Lynne Talde Young of Olongapo City in Zambales province, Philippines beats out 126 other contestants to win the 63rd Miss World, the very first Miss World title for the Philippines in its 47 years of participating in the said pageant since 1966. It was also the first Miss World title for Southeast Asian region. She was announced as the new Miss World 2013 by Julia Morley, owner and chairperson of the Miss World organization. She promises to be "the best Miss World ever". She literally conquered the world by storm because the night she won an impending storm has entered the Philippine area of responsibility and is threatening to some parts of the country.  On the night when she won Miss World Philippines 2013 in August, a combination of storm and monsoon rains is ravaging the country flooding knee deep the streets and highways of the capital, Manila.
          Her winning answer to the question on Why should she be the next Miss World: "A Miss World for me treasures the core values of humanity that guides her understanding people why they act they do, how they are living their lives and I will use these core values in my understanding not only helping others but to show other people how they can understand others to help others so that together as one we shall help society," is a perfect strong, inspirational message for the ongoing protest against Miss World.
          The eldest of the three (3) siblings, twenty-three year old Megan Young was born in United States to an American father and Filipina mother but moved to the Philippines when she was 10 together with her younger sister and brother because for her she is a true bloodied Filipina in mind, heart and soul. She really looks like a natural Filipina in her physical features and appearance plus her color, actions, gesture and behavior is really that of a true Filipina beauty. She took care of her siblings for a time while their parents are away for work. Her father is American and her mother is a pure bloodied Filipina from the town of Pandan in Antique province in Western Visayas region.
          Her winning gown for the Miss World Philippines 2013 was designed by her fellow Ilonggo designer, Eric De Los Santos from Iloilo and her winning gown for Miss World 2013 was designed by Francis Libiran.
          First (1st) princess or 1st runner up went to France, Marine Lorpheline and Second (2nd) princess or 2nd runner up went to Ghana, Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter. The rest of the top 6 finalists were Brazil, Sancler Frantz, Spain, Elena Ibarbia and the People's vote winner Gibraltar, Maroua Kharbouch which automatically places her into the final top 6 spot.
          Special awards were also given to the contestants who excels in different fast track events which garner them points into the semifinals round of the Miss World 2013 finals.
          Earlier a massive protest of the hardline extremists forced the Miss World Organization and its Indonesian organizers to move the location of the finals from Sentul International Convention Center in Jakarta to Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali for security reasons. The protests did not hamper the successful staging of the Miss World finals which features some of the colorful and rich in culture and tradition dances and music of Indonesia.
          It was the first time that Indonesia hosted an international beauty pageant competition. Miss World was started in 1951 by the late Mr. Eric Morley and her wife, Mrs. Julia Morley to define beautiful women with purpose. The beauty pageant is known to have numerous charity missions and works all throughout the world working with non-profit organizations helping different causes for humanity.

Here are the results of the Miss World competitions:

Miss World 2013 Philippines – Megan Young
1st Runner Up France – Marine Lorphelin
2nd Runner Up Ghana – Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter

Top 6
Brazil – Sancler Frantz
Spain – Elena Ibarbia
Gibraltar – Maroua Kharbouch

Top 10
Australia – Erin Holland
Nepal – Ishani Shrestha
England – Kirsty Heslewood
Indonesia – Vania Larissa
Jamaica – Gina Hargitay

Top 20
Aruba – Larissa Leeuwe
Belgium – Noémie Happart
Canada – Camille Munro
Dominican Republic – Joely Bernat
India – Navneet Dhillon
Italy – Sarah Baderna
Netherlands – Jacqueline Steenbeek
Slovakia – Karolína Chomisteková
Ukraine – Anna Zayachkivska
United States – Olivia Jordan

Continental Queens
Africa: Ghana – Naa Okailey Shooter
Americas: Brazil – Sancler Franz
Asia: Philippines – Megan Young
Caribbean: Jamaica – Gina Hargitay
Europe: France – Marine Lorphelin
Oceania: Australia - Erin Holland

Challenge Events (Miss World Winner in BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS)

Beach Fashion - 1. Brazil, 2. France, 3. Ghana, 4. Jamaica, 5. PHILIPPINES
Top 11: China, Indonesia, Italy, Moldova, Spain, Ukraine
Top 32: Albania, Aruba, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, Curacao, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Ethiopia, Guyana, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Martinique, Russia, Slovakia, South Sudan, U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela

Sports Challenge - 1. Netherlands, 2. Spain, 3. Northern Ireland, 4. Paraguay, 5. El Salvador

1st place: Group 3 - Italy, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Slovakia
2nd place: Group 2 - Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Montenegro, Spain
3rd place: Group 1 - Belgium, Hungary, Northern Ireland, Scotland
4th place: Group 4 - England, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay

Beauty with a Purpose - 1. Nepal, 2. Australia, 3. Tanzania, 4. Belgium, 5. Brazil

Talent - 1. Indonesia, 2. Australia, 3. Ukraine, 4. British Virgin Islands, 5. Canada
Top 12 - Cameroon, Dominica, Hong Kong, Panama, Slovakia, Trinidad & Tobago, Wales

Top Model - 1. PHILIPPINES, 2. U.S.A., 3. France, 4. Ukraine, 5. Brazil
Top 10: Cameroon, Cyprus, England, Italy, South Sudan

Multimedia - 1. India, 2. Thailand, 3.Nepal, 4. PHILIPPINES, 5. Malaysia

People's Choice - Gibraltar

Presenters - Myleene Klass, Kamal Ibrahim, Daniel Mananta, Francisco Escobar, Amanda Zevannya, Steve Douglas

Online Special Sections Presenter - Gwendoline Ruais, Jennifer Reoch

Guest Performers - Blue, Matt Cardle


Megan Young of the Philippines reacts after she was announced as Miss World 2013 

Photo Sources: 
Jeunesse Lupangosy 
Jory Rivera, OPMB Worldwide 
Miss World Official Website
Yahoo News

Mr. Gay World 2013 Questions and Suggested Answers

Mr. Gay World 2013 Winners and Contestants in Antwerp, Belgium 

Mr Philippines is asked what he should do if he doesn't win. Difficult one. 

Suggested Answer:         To compete at an international competition like this one is already an achievement in itself. Representing my country, the Philippines is also representing the LGBT community in the country and gives the world a picture of the present conditions of the LGBT in my country. This is also a perfect venue wherein we can share our ideas, ideals, discussions and issues affecting us in our respective communities. If I don't win, I would still continue to be a good ambassador of the LGBT community in my country, doing worthwhile missions not only with the LGBT but also with different communities, non-profit organizations which helps the underprivilege and deprive people of communities doing medical missions, livelihood programs as such. Even if I don't win this whole competition, I would like to ensure that I have accomplished my mission of promoting my country here among other contestants and also show them the present state condition of the LGBT in the Philippines and issues affecting them. Only through this way, that I have championed my ideals, principles and the advocacy or campaigns that I fight for and my voice will be heard all corners of the world. Gaining friends and knowledge in this competition and winning the hearts of many is like winning the competition. 

Mr Aruba is asked how he should mentor someone struggling with their gender identity. 

Suggested Answer:          It is sometimes draining as it is difficult for someone who is undergoing an identity crisis. For one who is experiencing it has a difficulty of discerning judgment and identify which one he prefers. The person needs a support group who will give him a positive vibe and surround him or love, support and understanding that it needs. I as the person's mentor would give him ample of time discovering himself and will give him a chance of socializing and meeting different kind of people which will help him identify the group he comfortably belongs. I would serve as an inspiration and motivator to talk to as many people as he can by engaging in the conversation of like minded people who understand and has compassion for their brothers in dilemma. He would quickly learn and know who he is, what he is and what he is for if he can also engage in social activities where he enjoy the most or where he shows great interests or where he can best exhibit his potentials and skills with other people. The benefits will help him truly know himself, what he likes and discover the undiscovered in him. 

Mr Australia is asked why he should risk voicing his opinion if it risks his popularity. 

Suggested Answer:         Although our aim is to become the best and the most popular in a field of equally competitive and equally handsome young men for us to be able to influence and inspire other gay men to do what is right and for the common good of others, there is more to that I think is more valuable and essential than just mere fame. We should always remember that it is not fame that we are specifically made for but for the causes and advocacy we should champion. Risking of voicing our opinions to what we fight for and for what we believe in compromising fame is significant because it shows us who we are, what we are capable of and what can our voices do for others and it can also give impact or influence to the people, organizations, community and the world over affecting our opinions thus, doing wonders for us making the impossible possible. Popularity is just a temporary phenomenon but voicing our opinion of what we feel, what we believe in or what we fight for truly shows the real us. It is like a birthmark it is forever. 

Mr. Taiwan is asked if religion and sexuality can coexist. 

Suggested Answer:          Religion and sexuality can exist in ways that it mutually agrees to a certain extent of their beliefs and principles harmoniously synchronizes with each other and how it will help both parties and also help each other to spread the love, understanding and kindness to all the people in the world. 

Mr Hong Kong is asked what his 3 primary objectives would be should he win. 

Suggested Answer:           There are lots to accomplish and achieve once I win the coveted title. If I have to narrow down to three primary objectives I need to pursue, it would be the following: 1. First, I would like to know more about each and every contestants background and their country especially their LGBT community. This way I could fully understand them and learn about them better. This knowledge about them would help me educate people in understanding other people of different background, groups and society it belongs. 2. Second, I would like to have discussions, forums and brainstorming among gay delegates and leaders of different countries about issues and problems concerning them, significant progress and developments in other parts of the world and also other suggestions and recommendations from them. This way, we could rationalize and come up with best solutions in addressing issues, concerns and problems that arise, the selfless acts, significant progress and developments that could inspire and motivate us and other gay people to do better and continue to tirelessly work hard for the betterment of gays and people who has issues with themselves and around them and this beacon of hope will ignite furiously the unwavering faith and kind acts towards humanity. 3. Lastly, to further foster the camaraderie, friendship and bonds created in the gay community I would like to ensure that there are healthy and worthwhile activities that we can engage in so as to promote friendship and cooperation among the gay community. 

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Philippines' Mutya Datul Is Miss Supranational 2013!

Minsk, Belarus - Philippines' Mutya Johanna Datul was crowned Miss Supranational 2013 at Sport's Palace Arena at Minsk, Belarus. The 21-year old beauty easily breezed through the competition rounds of the finals round to take home the crown and title and beats 82 other lovely hopefuls. Earlier, she also won the Miss Personality Award. Here is the complete result of the competition: 

MISS SUPRANATIONAL 2013: Philippines Mutya Datul 
1st runner up: Mexico - Jacqueline Morales 
2nd runner up: Turkey - Leyla Kose 
3rd runner up: Indonesia - Cokorda Istri Krisnanda Widani 
4th runner up: US Virgin Islands - Esonica Mictecia Veira 

1. Best In National Costume - Nicaragua 
2. Best In Talent - Malaysia 
3. Miss Friendship - Macau 
4. Miss Personality - Philippines 
5. Miss Elegance - Sweden 
6. Miss Top Model - Moldova 
7. Miss Photogenic - Puerto Rico 
8. Miss Internet - Myanmar 

Continental Queens 
Africa - Gabon - Hilary Ondo 
America - Brazil - Raquel de Oliveira Benetti 
Asia and Oceania - Australia - Esma Voloder 
 Europe - Belarus - Veronica Chachina 

TOP 20 Semifinalists

1. Venezuela 
2. Puerto Rico 
3. Australia 
4. Poland 
5. Gabon 
6. Canada 
7. Thailand 
8. Indonesia 
9. US Virgin Islands 
10. Luxembourg 
11. India 
12. Mexico 
13. Myanmar 
14. Belarus 
15. Philippines 
16. Russia 
17. Latvia 
18. Brazil 
19. Turkey 
20. Ukraine


Mutya Datul Homecoming

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