Megan Young Miss World, Filipina–American actress Megan Lynne Young, 23, will represent the Philippines in this year’s Miss World competition to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia next month.
A product of GMA-7’s talent search show “StarStruck 2,” Young was crowned the 2013 Miss World Philippines at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City on Sunday.
Candidate Janicel Lubina finished second while Zahra Saldua, Maria Paula Bianca Paz, and Omarie Osuna finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.
The newly crowned beauty queen will be competing against contestants from other countries for the Miss World title, which no Filipina has ever won, on September 28.
During Sunday’s pageant, Young also won seven special and sponsored awards, which had the following winners:
Best in Fashion Runway – Megan Young
Miss Friendship – Zahra Bianca Saldua
Best in Talent – Samantha Mae Bernardo
Miss Sports Fila – Megan Young
Miss Olay – Megan Young
Miss Novu Hair – Patricia Lae Ejercitado
Best in Swimwear – Janicel Lubina
Miss Redox Fat – Maria Paula Bianca Paz
Miss Revlon – Megan Young
Miss Figlia – Megan Young
Miss Laguna World – Megan Young
Miss Photogenic – Janicel Lubina
Miss Bench Body – Megan Young
Best in Gown – Maria Paula Bianca Paz
Young holds dual Filipino and American citizenship, and is currently a student at the De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde taking up Bachelor of Arts in Digital Filmmaking.
She is the older sister of “Mundo Mo’y Akin” star Lauren Young, and has made several movies including “Enteng Ng Ina Mo” (2011), “Shake, Rattle & Roll XI” (2009), and “Say That You Love Me” (2005).
Miss World finalists
Ever since the Philippines joined the Miss World pageant, only six candidates have come close to winning the title.
In 1973, Evangeline Pascual placed second to Marjorie Wallace, who was dethroned a month later for failure to fulfill her duties as Miss World. Traditionally, the first runner-up gets the title but Pascual refused to accept it, saying that the judging during the competition held at the Royal Albert Hall in London was not fair to Asians.
Sharmaine Rama Gutierrez—popularly known as Ruffa Gutierrez, and daughter of actor Eddie Gutierrez and talent manager Annabelle Rama—was already a popular showbiz celebrity when she joined the Miss World competition in 1993, where she came in third.
In 2011, candidate Gwendoline Ruais came close to bagging the crown again but finished second to Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela.