Fil-Am beauty is Miss USA 1st runner-up

By ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jun 10 2014 09:31 AM | Updated as of Jun 10 2014 05:35 PM

REDWOOD CITY, California – Three Filipino-American contestants walked the Miss USA stage on Sunday night and one nabbed a top spot.

Miss North Dakota 2014, Filipina-American Audra Mari finished as first runner-up behind Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez. 

Audra Mari. Photo from

Mari’s grandfather is originally from Pangasinan and came to the United States to become a doctor.

She’s a Dean’s List student at North Dakota State University in Fargo where she studies public relations.

She also holds the Miss Teen USA first runner-up title.

Filipino blood was also represented by Miss New York Candace Kendall and Miss Kansas Audrey Banach.

Both Kendall and Banach failed to make the top 20.