Will Ariella Arida finally be the third Filipina to take home the Miss Universe Crown?
Stay tuned for the answer this Sunday (Nov 10) and watch history unfold as the highly anticipated "Miss Universe 2013" airs live on Velvet Channel (SkyCable Channel 53) at 2:00am, with a special telecast following on ABS-CBN at 9:00am.
Many are eager to bear witness as fate unfolds for the 24-year old from Laguna as she competes this year, especially with the close calls that took place last year for Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon.
Ariella has often been deemed a crowd favorite due to her popularity in pageant websites, where she has placed in online top 10 lists time and time again.
Looking back at the competition's progress over the years, the Philippines was last able to take home the title of "Miss Universe" in the year 1973, with Margarita "Margie" Moran earning the crown. Since then, it has been 40 years, with the country's representatives frequently coming in as first runners-up, including Miriam Quiambao in 1991 and Janine in 2012.
This year, the various competitors' success lies in the hands of the 2013 panel of judges, composed of Aerosmith lead vocalist Steven Tyler, famous chef Chef Nobu, gold medal figure skater Tara Lipinski, model-actress Carol Alt, supermodel Anne V, Farouk Systems founder Farouk Shami, U-BOAT watches pioneering designer Italo Fontana, and Russian popstar Philip Kirkorov.
The Miss Universe 2013 coronation night will be held at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia, and will be hosted by Thomas Roberts of "MSNBC Live" and Mel B of "America's Got Talent".
|Ariella in her glam shot photographed by fashion photographer Fadil Berisha in the 2014 YAMAMAY FOR MISS UNIVERSE swimwear collection accessorized with faux fur|
Catch "Miss Universe 2013" as it airs live on Velvet Channel (SkyCable Channel 53) at 2:00am, with a special telecast on ABS-CBN at 9:00am.
Footage of the coronation night will also have a primetime replay on the same day, airing at 7:00pm on Velvet Channel and 10:45am on ABS-CBN.