October 21, 2014 01:39 AM PST
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Will Megan Young be the first Filipina Miss World?

Earnest Snoops
By ERNEST GONZAGA

TV host and actress Megan Young was recently crowned winner of Miss World Philippines 2013 pageant held at the Grand Ballroom of the Solaire Resort and Casino Manila in Pasay City.

Janicel Lubina was crowned 1st Princess; Zahra Saldua, 2nd Princess; Bianca Paz, 3rd Princess and Omarie Linn Osuna, 4th Princess.



Megan was clearly a crowd favorite, on-ground and online. She bested 25 other contestants and won 8 out of 16 special awards including the Best in Fashion Runway, Miss Sports by FILA, Miss Reducin, Miss Olay, Miss Laguna, Miss Bold and Glamorous by Revlon, Miss Figlia and Miss Bench Body.

Megan was asked, “Why do you want to be Miss World Philippines?” during the Q&A portion, and replied, “Miss World PH is selfless and to be selfless, you need to have a heart. If I win Miss World PH, I would give myself wholeheartedly to be of service. Beauty with a heart.”

The pageant was hosted by Carla Abellana, KC Montero and Victor Basa, with Gwendoline Ruais and Divine Lee as co-anchors. Among the judges were “My Husband’s Lover” star Dennis Trillo and singer Jessa Zaragoza. Tom Rodriguez, Kuh Ledesma, Kris Lawrence and 2012 Miss World Philippines Queeneerich Rehman also performed.

Prior to the Grand Coronation Night, a gala charity night was also held at the Solaire Resorts and Casino. It was a fundraising event dedicated to the various individuals who have contributed to the organization, chaired by philanthropist Lani Schoof. This year’s primary beneficiary is the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Children’s Ward.

The gala night was one of the important events of the pageant, according to wellness icon and Miss World Philippines (MWP) national director Cory Quirino. Metro Manlle’s who’s who, VIP’s, beauty queens and friends from the business community trooped to Solaire to show their heartwarming support.

Megan will represent the country in the Miss World 2013 pageant to be held Sept. 28 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The closest the Philippines got to winning the crown came when Gwendoline Ruais placed second to Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela in 2011. Last year’s bet, Queneerich Rehman, made it to the Top 15.

More than 130 beauties worldwide are vying for the crown in Bogor, a city outside the Muslim country of Indonesia. Miss World organizers will forbid contestants from wearing the normal two-piece bikinis, its first time to do so. The pageant will introduce a Balinese Beach Fabric contest instead.