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Thirty-nine days to go, 126 countries to best, and for only one crown to vie—Miss World 2013. Of the notable global ones, this is the only title that’s left elusive, even for some of our country’s stronger representatives. Could it have been because the strongest was yet to come? Finally, she came, she conquered, and she’s no other than Megan Lynne Young. Despite the flood outside Solaire Resort and Casino, the Filipina American beauty and youth ambassador glided up a storm onstage like a dream come true for our country (minus the cynics) that’s long been awaiting that moment—to witness the crowning of the rightful one at last Sunday’s Miss World Philippines 2013 pageant.

With roughly two weeks between the coronation night and the first day of virtually month-long competition in Indonesia, it’s safe enough to say that Megan Young’s experience as an actress and T.V. personality speaks volumes of how poised she will be out there to face the music, although she’s never a pageant veteran in the first place.

Megan Young’s face is amiable. When you look at her, you won’t say, “I like her;” instead, you will say, “I love her!” Of course, she has her share of critics, detractors, and bashers. But who doesn’t? Even the best beauty queen—Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta from India—has hers. However, that’s totally fine, because no less than those with the trained eye for beauty and grace are as loud and proud, and only their voices and judgment will amount to something in the end. As soon as Megan Young stepped onstage in swimsuit, “Wow!” was all I could manage to say, since it’s hard to find the right word to describe her beauty and physicality. During the evening gown parade, her charm and overall styling literally added embellishment to everything else onstage.

Beauty, body, and brains are just some of Megan Young’s weapons in her battle for the Miss World 2013 crown come September 28. Armed with the determination to put a halt to our country’s famine since the pageant’s inception six decades ago—and wit, to boot—let’s hope and pray that she may stay poised and graceful as she represents the Filipino people in front of the world. 

In a sea of beautiful women, Megan will win the heart of everyone, no doubt. And it’s not only because she is stunning from head to toe, but more importantly, because of her passion to serve humanity. During the national pageant, she was asked: “Why do you want to be Miss World Philippines 2013?” 

Megan replied: “A Miss World Philippines is selfless, and to be selfless, you need the heart. If I become Miss World Philippines, I will pour my heart and my soul into helping others, which is what Miss World is (all about)—beauty in giving.” 


(Thanks to my very good friend Jory Rivera of OPMB Worldwide for the photo.)