Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Best Bet for the Miss Universe Pageant

It's the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant season once again. The world's most beautiful women will be vying for the most coveted Miss Universe crown in the Bahamas.

Founded in 1952 by Pacific Mills, a clothing company in California, the pageant became part of Kayser-Roth and then Gulf and Western Industries. In 1996, Donald Trump acquired it.

Last night was the first time I saw Miss Philippines Pamela Bianca Manalo on tv. She looks very promising for the crown and has a mesmerizing stage presence. Her catwalk skills cannot be denied. Those who saw her as she projected herself would agree that she is our best bet for the crown.

Gloria Diaz was the first Filipina to win the crown in 1969. In 1973, Margie Moran came home as Miss Universe. From that time on, the Miss Universe crown seems to have evaded us. Just like her family name "Manalo", I hope Pamela Bianca Manalo wins it this time. "Manalo" means "to win" in Tagalog.

It was on May 5, 1994 when the Philippine Postal Corporation issued stamps featuring Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran. The stamps coincided with the Philippine hosting of the 1994 Miss Universe Pageant held in Manila.

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