Host-actress Megan Young was crowned as Miss World Philippines 2013 during the pageant’s coronation night held at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City on Sunday night. The 23-year-old Fil-Am actress bested 24 other contestants and will be representing the country in the upcoming 2013 Miss World pageant in Indonesia in September.
Apart from the coveted title, Young also bagged most of the special awards including Ms. Bench Body, Ms. Bold and Glamorous by Revlon, Ms. Sports by FILA, Best in Fashion Runway, Ms. Olay, Ms. Reducin, Ms. Figlia and Ms. Laguna.
Young started her showbiz career in the second edition of the GMA talent search StarStruck in 2004. She eventually transferred to rival network ABS-CBN and appeared in some of the network’s shows such as Precious Hearts Romances: Hiyas, Betty La Fea, Rubi and A Beautiful Affair. She was also one of the housemates in Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2. Young was last seen on TV5′s mini series Misibis Bay before joining the pageant.
In previous interviews, Young revealed that becoming a beauty queen is one of her biggest dreams. She added that she had to take the many risks involved in joining Miss World Philippines pageant because she doesn’t want to regret not doing so in the future.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so I don’t want to have any regrets when I get older, thinking, ‘I should have done this, I should have done that.’ So I might as well just go for it, take the risk and hopefully get a good result out of the risk,” Young said.
Representing Olongapo City, Young was an early favorite in the pageant. During the finals night’s question and answer portion, Young, and the other four finalists were asked, “Why do you want to be Miss World Philippines?”
Young 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.” Apart from the title, Young will take home a P1 million worth of management contract.
Runners up at the Miss World Philippines 2013 are Janicel Lubina (1st Princess), Zahra Bianca Saldua (2nd Princess), Maria Paula Bianca Paz (3rd Princess) and Omarie Linn Osuna (4th Princess).
The complete list of winners of the special awards are as follows:
Best in Fashion Runway: Megan Young
Miss Sports by FILA: Megan Young
Miss Reducin: Megan Young
Miss Olay: Megan Young
Miss Laguna: Megan Young
Miss Bold and Glamorous by Revlon: Megan Young
Miss Figlia: Megan Young
Miss Bench Body: Megan Young
Miss Friendship: Zahra Bianca Saldua
Miss Pantene: Zahra Bianca Saldua
Miss Novu Hair: Patricia Ejercitado
Best in Talent: Samantha Mae Bernardo
Miss Redux Fat: Bianca Paz
Best in Swimwear: Janicel Lubina
Miss Photogenic: Janicel Lubina
The pageant was hosted by Carla Abellana, KC Montero and Victor Basa, with Gwendoline Ruais and Divine Lee as co-anchors. It was aired on GMA.