Mary Jean Lastimosa (center) becomes emotional as she is crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2014 by her predecessor, Ariella Arida (right), and Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler. Photo by Fernando Sepe Jr. for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA – Mary Jean Lastimosa was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2014 in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant held Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Filipinos have high expectations from Lastimosa following the Philippines’ consecutive Top 5 finishes in Miss Universe since 2010 (Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and Ariella Arida).
The country also produced a number of beauty pageant titlists last year – Bea Rose Santiago won Miss International, Megan Young won Miss World, and Mutya Datul won Miss Supranational.
Lastimosa was asked by Miss Universe 2014 Gabriela Isler during the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 question and answer portion: “March is the women’s month. For you, what is the greatest advantage of being a woman?”
She answered: “The greatest advantage of being a woman is being able to compose herself. Just like here, we’re standing in front of thousands of people, not knowing if you’re going to cheer for us or boo us. But we try to compose ourselves. We keep the emotions and show the beauty that is in us and tonight, thousands of people are standing here, celebrating the beauty of women.”
Here are some facts about Lastimosa:
Lastimosa hails from North Cotabato, a province in Mindanao in Southern Philippines. She is 26 years old.
On top of being a beauty queen, Lastimosa is also a computer engineer and entrepreneur. She established her own slimming center in Davao, according to the Binibining Pilipinas website.
Lastimosa wears a yellow terno in the national costume competition of the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 pageant. Photo courtesy of Binibining Pilipinas
Lastimosa is no stranger to Binibining Pilipinas, having joined the pageant thrice this year. She finished second runner up in 2011, which was won by Shamcey Supsup, and made it to the finals in the 2012 pageant dominated by Janine Tugonon.
According to the Binibining Pilipinas website, Lastimosa was inspired by beauty queen Maricar Balagtas, who also joined three times before winning.
“Third time is a charm,” Lastimosa said in an Instagram post shortly after her victory.
Aside from the Miss Universe Philippines 2014 crown, Lastimosa won the Best in Swimsuit award in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
Lastimosa during the swimsuit competition of the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 pageant. Photo by Fernando Sepe Jr. for ABS-CBNnews.com
During the talent portion of the pageant, Lastimosa performed a dance called La Jota Paragua. Here’s a clip of her dance number, as posted by Youtube user Pageant Guru.
Lastimosa has listed working out at the gym, traveling and dancing as some of her hobbies.
She is also a self-confessed chocolate lover, as seen in this clip from Binibining Pilipinas.
“Oh God knows how much I’m crazy about chocolate. I’m a fan,” she said in the video.
WATCH the 66th Miss Universe pageant on November 27, 8 am (Manila time) on ABS-CBN's Channel 2