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6 Philippine Showbiz Today Headline News December 22 , 2018 - January 7, 2019 Jan. 22-Feb.7, 2015 Unforgettable crowning moments of Ms. Universe winners from the Philippines atriona Gray bagged C the fourth Miss Universe crown for the Philippines on Monday morning, December 17. With Catriona’s win, here’s a look-back on the unforgettable crowning moments of the four Miss Universe winners from the Philippines: Ms. Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz Gloria Diaz was the first Filipina to be crowned Miss Universe and the third Asian to win the pageant. The former beauty queen bested 60 other contestants at the pageant’s grand coronation night held in July 1969, at the Miami Beach Auditorium in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. During the question and answer segment of the competition, Gloria was asked: In a next day or so, a man will land on the moon. If a man from the moon landed in your hometown, what would you do to entertain him? Her iconic answer: “Oh, just the same things I do. I think if he has been in the moon for so long I think when he comes over he wants to change, I guess.” The Philippines’ Ms. Universes (L-R): Gloria Diaz, Catriona Gray, Pia Wurtzback & Margie Moran most expensive thing and I can’t afford it. If I had a million bucks, I’ll buy a house and lot and live by myself and other people, of course.” The model-actress nailed it and answered, “I think that the United States and the Philippines have always had a good relationship with each other. We were colonized by the Americans and we have their culture and our traditions even up to this day and I think that we’re very welcoming with the Americans. And I don’t see any problem with that at all.” For the second round of the question and answer segment of the pageant, each candidate was asked: “Why should you be the next Miss Universe?” Pia’s memorable answer: “To be a Miss Universe is both an honor and responsibility. If I were to be Miss Universe, I will use my voice to influence the youth and I would raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness that is timely and relevant to my country which is the Philippines. I want to show the world, the universe rather, that I am confidently beautiful with a heart. Thank you.” Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach After a non-win of over four decades in the Miss Universe arena, the country rejoiced the victory of Pia Wurtzbach, who brought home the third Miss Universe crown. The 29-year-old beauty queen made headlines when the Ms. Universe 1973 pageant’s host Steven Harvey Margie Moran announced the wrong winner, Margie Moran was the Colombia’s Ariadna Gutierrez, Philippines’ second Miss during the grand coronation night Universe. held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. She took home the highly It was during this edition that coveted title in July 1973 at the Miss Universe announced their pageant’s grand coronation night new format: two sets of question held in Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and answer segment for Top 5 Athens, Greece. and Top 3 finalists. For the Q&A round of the Pia’s first question was: pageant she was asked: “Let’s “Earlier this year, there was a make believe that all of a sudden controversy in Philippines about you had a million dollars. What’s the United States reopening a Ms. Universe 2018 the first thing you would buy and base in your country. Do you Catriona Gray why would you buy it?” think the United States should Three years after Pia was Margie’s winning answer: “A have a military presence in your crowned Miss Universe, Catriona house and lot because it’s the country?” brought the crown back home to the Philippines. She also answered two difficult questions during the question and answer round of the pageant. Each of the Top 5 semi- finalists was deliberately asked a question related to the current issues of her respective country. Catriona’s question was: “Canada recently joined Uruguay as the second nation in the world to make marijuana legal. What is your opinion on the regularization of marijuana?” The Filipino-Australian model’s answer was direct to the point and said, “I’m for it being used for medical use, but not so for recreational use. Because I think if people will argue then what about alcohol and cigarettes? Everything is good but in moderation.” Catriona also nailed the final question: “What is the most important lesson you’ve learned and how will you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?” Her response that bagged her the crown: “I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is poor and very sad. And I’ve always taught to myself to look for the beauty of it and look in the beauty of the faces of the children and to be grateful. And I will bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And this I think if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children will have smile on their faces.” This time, Steve named the Philippines as the newest Miss Universe titleholder without a hitch.● - N. Tuazon, Pep Lotlot De Leon weds Fadi El Soury Lotlot de Leon is now Mrs. Fadi El Soury. She and her Lebanese husband held their intimate wedding earlier today, December 17, at El Jardin de Zaida in San Juan, Batangas. The canopy of trees and rare tropical plants served as the ceremony’s backdrop, with Amante Fleurs adding some blooms to make the set-up more quaint. Here’s how the reception looked. The bride wore a gown by Zandra Lim, who revealed in an Instagram post that the newlyweds are “just a month unico hijo Diego Gutierrez. One of Lotlot’s closest friends, Shyr Valdez, noted on Instagram that it was a “wedding that waited.” The actress’ first marriage to Ramon Christopher, the father of her four children, was in 1987. She announced their split in 2004. The ex-couple filed a petition declaring their marriage as null and void in 2007. Lotlot found love again in short of their 6th anniversary.” Janine was escorted by 2012. Lotlot’s sister Matet De rumored boyfriend Rayver Cruz. She got engaged to Fadi in Leon (2nd from R) and her three Also present were Lotlot’s gorgeous daughters Janine (R), dad Christopher De Leon and July 2018.● Jessica (L), and Max were her stepmom Sandy Andolong, her - M. Fernando, Pep bridesmaids. brother Ian de Leon, and her