|Miss Universe 2012 1st runner up Janine Tugonon after her arrival from Las Vegas, Nevada from the Miss Universe pageant last December. Photo by Manny Palmero for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – It seems that the world’s most beautiful women, including the Philippines’ very own Ariella Arida, will be heading to Russia for this year’s Miss Universe pageant.
According to a report of the Las Vegas Sun published on Monday, property mogul Donald Trump said he is “moving Miss Universe to Moscow in November.”
The official Miss Universe website, meanwhile, announced that the competition will be held at the Crocus City Hall on November 9.
In the upcoming beauty competition, three candidates with Filipino blood will compete for the most coveted crown. Aside from Arida, at least two other Miss Universe 2013 contenders have Filipino ancestry.
Riza Santos, who rose to fame in the Philippines as a "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate, was crowned early last week as Miss Universe Canada. Although raised in Canada, the 25-year-old Santos is a pure Filipina. Her father, Ruel Santos, is from Bulacan. Her mother, Dina Buenaventura, hails from Bataan.
A relative newcomer to the Miss Universe pageant, the African country of Gabon, on the other hand, will send Ruth Jennifer Ondo Mouchita as its delegate to this year's competition.
Mouchita is only the second candidate from Gabon to join Miss Universe since the country's 2012 debut
in the 62-year-old pageant.