Miss Universe 2016: Philippine bet Maxine Medina secures a slot in Top 13

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Maxine Medina wore an emerald Rhett Eala fringe gown (left) during the preliminary round.

Hopes are still high for Philippine bet Maxine Medina.

This was after she successfully made it to the first cut of Miss Universe 2016.

Also named to the Top 13 are the candidates from Kenya (Mary Esther Were), Indonesia (Kezia Warouw), USA (Deshauna Barber), Mexico (Kristal Silva), Peru (Valeria Piazza), Panama (Keity Drennan)...

Colombia (Andrea Tovar), Canada (Siera Bearchell), Brazil (Raissa Santana), France (Iris Mittenaere), and Haiti (Raquel Pelissier).

Meanwhile, Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane made it to the first round as she was declared the winner of the Miss Universe fan vote.

Pageant fans and supporters had five days to vote for their favorite candidate.

Prior to the coronation night, the 86 ladies from all over the world gave their best shot in the swimsuit and the evening gown portions of the competition last January 26, 2017.

A preliminary interview was also conducted ahead of the grand coronation.

The preliminaries played a crucial part in the selection of Top 13.

They were selected by the six judges that make up the preliminary round's panel: Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres; Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori; social entrepreneur and women’s empowerment activist Francine LeFrak;

president and executive producer of the People’s Choice Awards Fred Nelson; former journalist, publicist, and international marketing director Rob Goldstone; and former model and founder of modeling and fashion school The Bailey Agency, Cynthia Bailey.

The Top 13 will be trimmed down to the Top 9 after the Swimsuit Competition.

Today's pageant hosts are Steve Harvey and Ashley Graham.

The 65th edition of Miss Universe is underway at the Mall of Asia Arena today, January 30, 2017 (Philippine time).





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