The pressure to bring home the Miss Universe crown is indeed on Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Ariella Arida after Megan Young and Mutya Datul recently won in the Miss World 2013 and Miss Supranational 2013, respectively.
That is why she is working so hard in preparation for the Miss Universe pageant set on November 9 at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow.
In her grand send-off at Gloria Maris restaurant at Gateway Mall, the 24-year-old beauty from Alaminos, Laguna revealed that she needed to go on a strict diet, which is difficult for her as she used to eat a lot.
She also needs to sacrifice her time with family and friends.
Ariella, meanwhile, used her fellow beauty queen’s success as her motivation to strive harder. “It’s a good sign that Megan and Mutya won. It serves as motivation for me to work harder, it pushes me to the highest level, especially when I go to Russia,” she said.
She added, “My greatest competition is myself. I will rely on myself and be positive to get the crown.”
It will be recalled that Urida received criticism about her communication skills, but she defended herself by saying that she can do well in the question and answer portion.
The whole country will pray that the UP (University of the Philippines) Chemistry graduate will be the third Filipina to bring home the Miss Universe crown (Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran won the first two in 1969 and 1973, respectively).
We can all help by voting for her through the Miss Universe website.