Philippines cheers Miss World victory
THE Philippines, where beauty contests are a serious affair, celebrated yesterday its first victory in the Miss World contest - which finally gave the Philippines a winner in all major beauty pageants, after several victories in the Miss Universe, Miss Earth and Miss International contests.
President Benigno Aquino's office congratulated 23-year-old Megan Young in a statement: "Over the course of the competition, Ms Young displayed to the world the beauty, the grace, and the compassionate spirit of the Filipina and has become a source of great pride and inspiration for the Filipino people."
The victory of Ms Young - an actress and film student at a prominent university - was a cause for celebration, especially on social media.
"Feeling proud. The beauty of the Pinay (Filipina) has come out on top," said one message on Twitter.