Megan Young is the country’s newest representative to the Miss World pageant on September 28 in Indonesia.
The Fil-Am actress, who was crowned on Sunday, August 18 at Grand Ballroom of the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City, took home a P1 million cash prize.
The 23-year-old Olongapo beauty bested 25 other finalists—including #10 Janicel Lubina – First Princess, #5 Zahra Saldua - Second Princess, #19 Bianca Paz - Third Princess, and #18 Omarie Linn Osuna - Fourth Princess.
Megan was clearly a crowd favorite, on-ground and online, as supporters flocked to the coronation venue despite the downpour. #MeganMW2013 remained in the Twitter trending list even before the 10p.m. telecast in GMA-7 began.
The TV star also won eight out of 16 special awards, including Best in Fashion Runway.
She faces the challenge of bringing home the Philippines’ first Miss World crown.
The closest the Philippines got to winning the crown came when Gwendoline Ruais placed second to Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela in 2011. Last year’s bet, Queneerich Rehman made it to the Top 15.
Megan was supposed to be an official candidate in the 50th Binibining Pilipinas pagent, but a sexy photo magazine spread allegedly kept her from doing so.
As more than 130 beauties are vying for the for the crown in Bogor—a city outside the Muslim country of Indonesia—Miss World organizers will forbid contestants from wearing the normal two-piece bikinis, its first time to do so. The pageant will introduce a Balinese Beach Fabric contest instead.
Miss World-PH Highlights
1. “My Husband’s Lover” stars were present: Carla Abellana as host, Tom Rodriguez as performer, and Dennis Trillo as judge. Another celebrity, Jessa Zaragoza, sat in the board of judges.
2. KC Montero, Divine Lee, Victor Basa, Gwendoline Ruais also hosted the pageant.
3. All the 26 candidates wore red bikinis—except for #5 Zahra Bianca Saldua, a 21-year-old Muslim who wore a blue one covered with a sarong
4. Kuh Ledesma, Kris Lawrence and 2012 Miss World-Philippines Queneerich Rehman also performed
Miss Talent - Samantha Mae Bernardo
Miss Friendship - Zahra Bianca Saldua
Best in Fashion Runway - Megan Lynne Young
Best in Swimwear - Janicel Lubina
Miss Photogenic - Janicel Lubina
Best in Evening Gown - Paula Bianca Paz
Miss Sports by FILA - Megan Lynne Young
Miss Novu Hair - Patricia Ejercitado
Miss Reducin - Megan Lynne Young
Miss Redux Fat - Paula Bianca Paz
Miss Pantene - Zahra Saldua
Miss Olay - Megan Lynne Young
Miss Laguna - Megan Lynne Young
Miss Bold and Glamorous by Revlon - Megan Lynne Young
Miss Figlia - Lynne Young
Miss Bench Body - Megan Lynne Young
#17 Jennifer Hammond, 22, San Pedro, Laguna
#6 Karla Patricia Alas, 21, Las Pinas City
#12 Angelica Lopez, 18, Pasay City
#19 Maria Paula Bianca Paz, 24, Nueva Ecija
#13 Paula Estenso, 21, Caloocan City
#7 Samantha Mae Bernardo, 20, Puerto Princesa City
#18 Omarie Linn Osuna, 20, Olongapo City
#24 Zandra Flores, 24, Pasig City
#20 Megan Lynne Young, 23, Olongapo City
#11 Mercegrace Raquel, 20, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna
#5 Zahra Bianca Saldua, 21, Las Pinas City
#22 Patricia Ejercito, 24, Cainta, Rizal
#10 Janicel Lubina, 18, Palawan