Miss Universe by the numbers

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January 30 will be considered a “confidently beautiful” day of 2017 as the Philippines will host the coronation night of the 65th Miss Universe beauty pageant.

The event will take place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

This is the third time Miss Universe will be held in the Philippines, the first Asian country to do so.

The Philippine editions of the pageant previously happened on July 21, 1974 at the Folk Arts Theater (Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas) and on May 20, 1994 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

The following are interesting facts about Miss Universe in numbers.

1950s – Miss Universe, in its present form, was founded in 1952 as a local “bathing beauty” competition in Long Beach, California. However, the Pageant of Pulchritude, a summer beauty contest that originated in Galveston, Texas, first used the title that we know today.


0 – One of the most famous owners of Miss Universe Organization was Donald Trump, now the President of the United States. During the time he owned the organization from 1996 to 2015, no Filipino has won the title.

163 – The shortest Miss Universe titleholders at 163 centimeters (5 feet 4 inches) were crowned on 1958 and 1965. They are Luz Marina Zuluaga from Colombia (7th Miss Universe in Long Beach, California, on July 26, 1958) and Apasra Hongsakula from Thailand (14th Miss Universe in Miami Beach, Florida, on July 24, 1965).


185 – Amelia Vega Polanco was crowned as the 52nd Miss Universe in Panama City, Panama on June 3, 2003. She is the tallest Miss Universe winner on record at 188 centimeters (6 feet 1 inch).

7 – The Filipina is arguably the most photogenic in the universe. To date, the Philippines has the most number of Miss Universe Photogenic awards, one of them an eventual Miss Universe winner.

July 24, 1971 (20th)

Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.A.

Vida Valentina Fernandez Doria

July 21, 1973 (22nd)

Athens, Greece

Maria Margarita Roxas Moran

May 17, 1996 (45th)

Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Aileen Leng Marfori Damiles

May 16, 1997 (46th)

Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.A.

Abbygale Williamson Arenas

May 31, 2005 (54th)

Bangkok, Thailand

Gionna Jimenez Cabrera

July 23, 2006 (55th)

Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Lia Andrea Aquino Ramos

May 28, 2007 (56th)

Mexico City, Mexico

Anna Theresa Luy Licaros


6 – Previous editions of Miss Universe have Filipinos who were judges on the said competition. They are, at the time of the pageant, as follows:

July 21, 1974 (23rd)

Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Carlos P. Romulo

Minister of Foreign Affairs

May 23, 1989 (38th)

Cancn, Mexico

Josie Natori

Fashion designer

May 17, 1991 (40th)

Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Kuh Ledesma

Singer and actress

May 20, 1994 (43rd)

Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Emilio T. Yap

Publisher, Manila Bulletin

September 12, 2011 (60th)

So Paulo, Brazil

Lea Salonga

Singer and musical theater actress

January 25, 2015 (63rd)

Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

Manny Pacquiao

World champion professional boxer

3 – Behind some non-Filipino Miss Universe hopefuls is a Filipino man.

Armi Helena Kuusela from Finland, the inaugural winner of Miss Universe in 1952, married businessman Virgilio Hilario.

Pre-war industrialist Jorge Araneta wedded Colombian Stella Mrquez Zawadski (now the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated chairwoman, Charge d’ Affaires of the Honorary Consulate of Colombia, and styled as Madame Stella Mrquez Araneta), a Miss Universe contestant in 1960 and the first Miss International in 1960.

Michelle van Eimeren represented Australia in the 43rd edition of Miss Universe in Manila. She and her “Manolo” at that time, singer and songwriter Ogie Alcasid, were married from 1996 to 2007.


3 – Three countries have been present in all Miss Universe beauty pageants since 1952. They are Canada, France, and Germany.

26 – Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee of the United States was crowned Miss Universe on May 16, 1997 at Miami Beach, Florida. She is the oldest Miss Universe to win at 26 years and 128 days at the time of competition.


17 – Peruvian Gladys Rosa Zender Urbina, the first Latin American Miss Universe winner, is considered the youngest to become Miss Universe. She was only 17 years and 273 days when she competed in Long Beach, California.

8 – With the exception of our three Miss Universe winners (Gloria Aspillera Diaz, Miss Universe 1969; Maria Margarita Roxas Moran, Miss Universe 1973; and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015), the Philippine candidates have entered at least the top five. They are:

July 19, 1975 (24th)

San Salvador, El Salvador

Rose Marie “Chiqui” Singson Brosas

July 8, 1980 (29th)

Seoul, South Korea

Maria Rosario “Chat” Rivera Silayan

July 9, 1984 (33rd)

Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

Maria Desiree “Des” Erese Verdadero

May 26, 1999 (48th)

Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago

Miriam Redito Quiambao

August 23, 2010 (59th)

Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Maria Venus Bayonito Raj

September 12, 2011 (60th)

So Paulo, Brazil

Shamcey Gurrea Supsup

December 19, 2012 (61st)

Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Janine Marie Raymundo Tugonon

November 9, 2013 (62nd)

Moscow, Russia

Ariella Hernandez Arida

2 – Skipping a year of holding the Miss Universe pageant will happen twice. The years 2014 and 2016 did not witness a Miss Universe pageant. The 63rd edition took place on January 25, 2015 (instead of 2014), while the upcoming, 65th edition will be held on January 30, 2017 (instead of 2016).






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