Ariella Arida wins 3rd runner-up in Miss Universe 2013
She dedicated her pageant stint to Filipinos.
Miguel Dumaual of ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Ariella Arida finished 3rd runner-up in Miss Universe 2013, a feat she dedicated in particular to Filipinos who were devastated by typhoon "Yolanda."
According to the report, the Miss Universe title was won by Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler, a marketing graduate and professional model. "The runners-up, in order, were Spain’s Patricia Rodríguez, Ecuador’s Constanza Báez, Arida, and Brazil’s Jakelyne Oliveira." Arida was notably the only Asian contestant who managed to make it to the Top 5.
O the eve of the coronation night on Sunday (November 10), Arida, addressed Filipinos through a video on the official page of Miss Universe on Facebook and urged them to be strong in the aftermath of the worst typhoon to hit the country this year. "This fight, I offer to you guys, to all my Filipino people," Arida said in the online video. "It’s for the Philippines. Keep safe and keep on praying. Be strong."
For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBNNews.com.