UP Los Banos graduate Ariella Arida was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2013 in glittering ceremonies marking Binibining Pilipinas’ 50th anniversary held on Sunday, April 14 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Arida, 24, will represent the country in Miss Universe 2013 to be held later this year. She also bagged the Best in Swimsuit award. Joining her in the winning circle are Bea Rose Santiago (BBP-International), Joanna Cindy Miranda (BBP-Tourism, Mutya Johanna Datul (BBP-Supranational) and Pia Wurtzbach (1st runner-up).
The completing the top 15 are: Imelda Schweighart, Grace Yann Apuad, Charmaine Elima, Rhea Nakpil, Amanda Noelle Navasero, Ellore Noelle Punzalan, Camille Carla Nazar, Maria Angelica de Leon, Merry Joyce Respicio, and Parul Shah
Special awardees were:
Miss Friendship: Lourenz Grace Remetillo.
Miss Talent: Anna Carmela Aquino.
Best in National Costume: Alaine Baccay.
Manila Bulletin Readers’ Choice Award: Ellore Noelle Punzalan.
Bb Petron: Joanna Cindy Miranda.
Miss Photogenic: Mutya Johanna Datul.
Best in Evening Gown: Mutya Johanna Datul
Best in Swimsuit: Ariella Arida
Bb Pilipinas-PAGCOR: Imelda Schweighart
Bb Philippine Airlines: Nicole Kim Donesa
Bb Avon: Bea Rose Santiago
Bb San Miguel Zero Fit and Sexy Body: Pia Wurtzbach
Cream Silk Beyond Beautiful Woman Award: Joanna Cindy Miranda