MARIA MIKA MAXINE MEDINA is now up to the greatest challenge of her life: win back-to-back for the Philippines in the upcoming Miss Universe 2016 pageant later this year.
Medina was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2016 on Sunday night, April 17 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Despite her weak answer during the question and answer portion of the pageant, which helped determine the six crowned winners from the shortlist of 15 contestants, Medina bested 39 other ladies vying for the most coveted Miss Universe Philippines 2016 crown.
The reigning Miss Universe 2015, Filipina beauty Pia Alonzo Wurzbach crowned Medina during the final’s night telecast live on ABS-CBN.
The crowd favorite and her toughest competitor, Kylie Verzosa, went on to winning the Binibining Pilipinas International 2016 crown, and will represent the country in a separate pageant in Japan later this year.
Medina has been modeling for years but the Quezon City lass is an interior designer who graduated from the Philippine School of Interior Design. Her work experiences include designing residential condominiums.
While a lot of Filipino pageant fans are still not happy with her winning not only the crown but the right to represent the country in the prestigious Miss Universe pageant, which many Filipinos look forward to every year, there’s a call for bashers and fans alike to just unite, and support her bid for another win.
Her Asian aura is working for her advantage. Some pageant enthusiasts likened her to Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori of Japan — “just a prettier version.”
Some of the few Chinita/Asian-looking contenders the country has sent to compete for the pageant in the recent past have nearly bagged the crown. These include Miriam Quiambao in 1999, and Janine Marie Tugonon in 2012. Both ladies finished first runner-up.
The Philippines have produced three Miss Universe queens so far. The not-so-tall Gloria Diaz in 1969, the regal Margie Moran in 1973, and the reigning queen, Pia Wurtzbach. Will Medina bring home the fourth crown, and give the Philippines a dramatic back-to-back win this year?
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See the full list of winners here.