MANILA, Philippines—After a night of beauty and glamour, one name came to fame as 2013 Miss World Philippines—Megan Lynne Young from Olongapo City.
A familiar face indeed.
She first tried her luck as an “avenger” in the GMA 7 reality talent search “Starstruck” before she became a member of ABS-CBN’s Star Magic Talent Center where she was given hosting and acting projects.
It will be recalled that the 23-year-old Fil-Am actress was disqualified from joining the 50th Binibining Pilipinas due to a sexy pictorial she did for a magazine—but she didn’t give up in trying to reach her dream. “There are many risks in joining this pageant, but it’s only something that happens once in a lifetime. It’s now or never,” Young said.
On Sunday, August 18, she wowed the audience and the judges at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City, bested 24 other aspirants and took home P1 million worth of management contract from the pageant organizer, plus gifts and services from the contest’s sponsors.
A heavy favorite
Young has been leading the online and offline surveys prior to the competition—her dominance was further attested by winning major special awards such as Best in Fashion Runway, Miss Sports by Fila, Miss Reducin, Miss Olay, Miss Laguna World, Miss Bold and Glamorous by Revlon, Miss Figlia and Miss Bench Body.
On August 18, the hashtag #MeganMW2013 also trended worldwide.
Ms. World 2013 in Indonesia
As Megan flies to Indonesia next month, her countrymen are hoping that she will bring home the crown this time. In 2011, Gwendoline Ruais placed second to Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela while Miss World Philippines 2012, Queneerich Rehman made it to the Top 15.
This year’s pageant will be held in Bogor, a city outside the Muslim country of Indonesia. Thus, for the first time in the history of Miss World, a Balinese Beach Fabric contest will replace the bikini pageant.
Miss World Philippines 2013 Winners
The following are the runners-up of the 2013 Miss World Philippines:
- First Princess – Janicel Lubina
- Second Princess – Zahra Saldua
- Third Princess – Bianca Paz
- Fourth Princess – Omarie Linn Osuna
Praises from Facebook users
Megan Young also received a handful of praises from her supporters from Facebook.
“Despite the fact that Olongapo City is experiencing really bad weather at the moment, I’m sure Olongapeños would be happy and proud because another representative of the city won at the recent beauty pageant. Yay! Megan Young crowned as Miss World Philippines 2013!”—Grace Acaba
“Congratulations Megan! You’re such a beautiful woman.”—Paolo Bejar
“Congrats! You really deserved of what you got as Miss World Philippines 2013. I got in mind already you won that crown.”—Cathyline Garcia Colot Arian
“Congrats megan!!! you’re so gorgeous!!! beauty & brains!!! don’t mind the bashers, losers just Hate!!!”—Yves Arden Florendo
“Miss World Philippines Go! Go! Megan Young.”—Jonathan Mendoza Santiago