Everyone’s starting to have their own favorites in this year’s Miss Universe Philippines as we get to know the candidates through several stages in the competition.
Miss Universe 2013 third runner-up Ariella Arida has found hers in Mandaluyong’s Maria Corazon Abalos.
“Sobrang Pilipina-looking niya. I love her beauty kasi, eh. Pinay na Pinay,” Ariella revealed in an interview with Push.
Another delegate that has caught the beauty queen-turned-actress’ eye was Fil-Am model and actress Katrina Dimaranan.
Ariella has Cebu’s Steffi Rose Aberasturi as her personal bet as well. “Naggo-grow kasi siya sa akin. I love her charisma, she’s always smiling, and you can feel the confidence.”
The Miss Universe Philippine coronation night will take place in Bohol this September 30 and Ariella hopes that whoever ends up with the title is ready to for the 70th Miss Universe pageant, scheduled in December.
“Well, my take lang kasi if tuloy ‘yung Miss Universe this December, hopefully, they would send someone na reding-ready na lumaban, kasi parang it’s gonna be like two or three months preparation na lang,” said Ariella.
She also empathized with this year’s hopefuls, who are competing in the midst of a pandemic. “Kung ako ‘yung sasali ngayon at kung ako ‘yung nasa batch ngayon, sobrang ang hirap. Hindi ko kakayanin with the pressure of social media and then pandemic pa. Tapos they have to do all these photoshoots, so what if wala akong budget? Ang hirap for the girls ngayon.”
Because of this, Ariella wants to remind pageant fans to “be kind to these girls, our aspiring queens. Kasi hindi ganun kadali ‘yung pinagdadaanan nila physically, mentally and emotionally.”
You can catch the Miss Universe Philippines coronation night live via KTX.ph.
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