When former Miss Philippines Maricar Balagtas joined the Miss Universe pageant in 2004, she thought for sure that then Miss Israel Gal Gadot was going to bag the crown.
“Gal is really a head-turner. I thought she was going to win,” Maricar shared in an exclusive interview with PEP.
“If you ask me, Gal is definitely one of the most beautiful in Miss Universe competition in ‘04.” Maricar described Gal. “She is also a great dancer, that’s why she is always in the front.”
Gal, of course, played the titular role in the mega-hit “Wonder Woman” and even then Maricar thought the actress is simply wonderful.
“I consider myself lucky to have met such a wonderful woman.” Maricar continued to praise her, “You know, the very first time I met her, I was starstruck with her beauty.”
“As a matter of fact, she is one of the front liners in the opening number of Miss Universe in my time,” she added.
“Even before, Gal is special. She is destined for much bigger and greater things,” she said.