How PH performed in Miss Universe since 2010

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Posted at Nov 26 2017 10:14 PM

Rachel Peters will represent the Philippines in the 66th edition of Miss Universe on November 27 (Manila time). 

Admittedly, there’s huge pressure on Peters’ because the Philippines has been a consistent Top 10 placer in the popular international pageant since 2010.

On the eve of the coronation night, the question on people’s minds is, will she be able to bring home the fourth crown for the country?

Here’s a look at Peters’ Filipina predecessors, who all made astounding finishes in the last seven years in Miss Universe.

In 2010, then 22-year-old Venus Raj finished fourth runner-up, bowing to Ximena Navarrete of Mexico who was proclaimed Miss Universe 2010. 

Although Raj failed to get the crown, she left something for the whole world to remember -- the term "major major." 

Raj made the expression, apparently out of nervousness, during the question-and-answer portion of the pageant. 

Shamcey Supsup acknowledges the crowd’s cheers during the Miss Universe 2011 pageant. Photo by Paolo Whitaker, Reuters

Following Raj was Shamcey Supsup, who won third runner-up in the 60th edition of Miss Universe held at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

In the crucial question and answer portion, Supsup said she would not change her religion just to marry the person she loves.

"If I had to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love because the first person that I love is God who created me and I have my faith and my principles and this is what makes me who I am. And if that person loves me, he should love my God too," she said.

It was Miss Angola's Leila Lopes who was crowned Miss Universe 2011.

Janine Tugonon (left) congratulates Miss USA Olivia Culpo for her Miss Universe 2012 win. Tugonon finished first runner-up in the pageant. Photo by Joe Klamar, Agence France-Presse

Just like Raj and Supsup, Janine Tugonon almost clinched the Miss Universe title in 2012, placing first runner-up. 

Miss USA Olivia Culpo, a 20-year-old who plays the cello and is a breast cancer advocate, was crowned Miss Universe 2012.

In 2013, Ariella Arida finished third runner-up in Miss Universe. She dedicated her feat to her countrymen who were devastated by super typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan), which just ravaged the Philippines at that time.

Venezuela's Gabriela Isler won the title, besting 85 other candidates during the coronation night held at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.

In 2014, Philippine bet Mary Jean Lastimosa only made it to the Top 10 of the international pageant, breaking the string of Top 5 finishes for the Philippines since Raj in 2010. 

Paulina Vega of Colombia was crowned Miss Universe 2014 during the coronation night in Miami, Florida. The rest of the Top 5 came from the United States, Ukraine, Netherlands and Jamaica.

The country celebrated in 2015 when Pia Wurtzbach became the third Filipina to win Miss Universe. 

During the pageant held in Las Vegas, Wurtzbach was initially declared first runner-up by host Steve Harvey, with Miss Colombia given the Miss Universe crown. 

Minutes later, Harvey returned on stage, saying he made a mistake. Turns out, Wurtzbach is the real Miss Universe 2015 winner. 

A visibly shocked Wurtzbach emerged from the group of beauty queens and was eventually given the crown.
Colombia was named first runner-up, while Miss USA was second runner-up.

It took Wurtzbach three attempts before finally winning the Miss Universe Philippines title. She nearly gave up after she failed to the crown at her second attempt.

Last year, Philippine bet Maxine Medina ended her Miss Universe journey as one of the competition’s Top 6 contestants. 

France's Iris Mittenaere was crowned Miss Universe 2016 succeeding Wurtzbach. 

Medina, a model and interior designer, was eyeing to get a back-to-back victory even as the pageant is held in her home country.