MANILA – The Philippines’ Ariella Arida is only one answer away from the Miss Universe crown.
Arida made it to the final round of Miss Universe 2013, continuing the string of top-five victories achieved by her predecessors – Janine Tugonon in 2012, Shamcey Supsup in 2011, and Venus Raj in 2010.
The international pageant is currently being held at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.
Arida was given a question from Judge Tara Lipinski: "What can be done about the lack of jobs for young people starting their careers around the world?"
The Filipina beauty queen replied: "For the people who have lack of jobs, I do believe that we people should invest in education and that is my primary advocacy, because we all know that if everyone of us is educated and well aware of what we are doing, we could land into jobs and we could land a good career in the future. Education is the primary source and ticket to a better future."
The Philippines is hoping to produce its third Miss Universe winner after Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973.
Last year, Tugonon nearly clinched the Miss Universe crown, finishing first runner-up to Olivia Culpo of the United States.