Ariella "Ara" Arida said Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up Miriam Quiambao inspired her to become a beauty queen.
Arida, 24, is the Philippines' representative to this year's Miss Universe pageant, which will be held in Russia on November 9.
She hopes that her fellow Filipinos will support her in the upcoming pageant.
"I wish them na sana, with all their hearts, na suportahan nila ako in my competition. Kasi I'm not really fighting for myself. It's our country naman," she said.
Tapatan ni Tunying, October 3, 2013