MANILA - Malacañang said Philippine bet Maxine Medina still did a good job in the Miss Universe pageant.
"She represented the Philippines well in the international scene," Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said of the 26-year old interior designer who had hoped to keep the crown for the Philippines.
Medina finished in the Top 6.
Malacañang also sent its congratulations to Iris Mittenaere of France who was crowned 65th Miss Universe here.
Mittenaere was proclaimed winner of the pageant held Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, while Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier won first runner-up, and Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar named second runner-up.
"Congratulations to the new Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere of France. People of France are rejoicing. Truly, this is a proud moment for their country," the statement sent by read.
"Iris brought tremendous joy to her people by representing France well on the international stage with her winning grace, regal bearing and inspiring answer," it added.
The statement also said that Mittenaere "has won not only the nod of the judges but the affection of the entire world as well."
"Our best wishes to the 65th Miss Universe," Abella added.