What she couldn’t achieve in reality TV shows, she easily did in the pageant arena—win the big one.
Megan Lynne Young left the judges and most of the audience seemingly “starstruck” from the day she submitted her application up to the coronation night, en route to winning the Miss World Philippines 2013 title on Sunday night.
Young, who represented Olongapo will now be the Philippines’s representative to the 63rd Miss World 2013 pageant, which will be held in Indonesia on September 28.
Her twitter name @meganbata was also trending even before the pageant began, with many celebrities including Saab Magalona and former Miss World Princess Ruffa Gutierrez continuously tweeting their support.
In an earlier interview, Young said joining the Miss World Philippines was one of the things she had always wanted to do. “There are many risks in joining this pageant, but it’s only something that happens once in a lifetime. It’s now or never!” said Young.
The 23-year-old Filipina-American also brought home majority of the special awards at the grand coronation held at the Grand Ballroom of the Solaire Resort and Casino. The pageant had a delayed telecast on the same night via GMA Network.
Besides the coveted title, which earned Young P1 million worth of management contract from the pageant organizer as well as gifts and services from the contest’s sponsors, she also won Best in Fashion Runway, Miss Sports by Fila, Miss Reducin, Miss Olay, Miss Laguna World, Miss Bold and Glamorous by Revlon, Miss Figlia and Miss Bench Body.
Palawan native Janicel Lubina placed second and was proclaimed First Princess, Best in Swimwear and Miss Photogenic. As the reigning Miss Bikini Philippines, the 18-year-old Lubina, will represent the country in the Miss Bikini International competition later this year,
Zahra Bianca Saldua from Las Piñas City was crowned Second Princess and was proclaimed Miss Friendship and Miss Pantene.
Returning candidate Bianca Paz was proclaimed Third Princess and Best in Long Gown, which coincidentally were the same awards she won when she first joined pageant in 2011. Paz was also named Miss Redoxfat.
Completing the top five is Omarie Linn Osuna, also from Olongapo City.
Other special awardees include: Miss Talent: Samantha Bernardo; and Miss Friendship: Zahra Bianca Saldua; Miss Novu Hair: Patricia Lae Ejercitado.
Read more on Miss World Philippines 2013 Megan Young in this weekend’s edition of The Sunday Times Magazine.