It's the pride of the Filipinos when Venus Raj won the 4th place in Miss Universe Beauty Pageant.
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Miss Philippines, Venus Raj, was given a big round of applause after being declared the fourth runner-up in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.
The world’s most prestigious beauty competition was participated in by 83 contestants, and Venus was also the only Asian contestant to qualify in the semifinal round of 15.
It is the best finish of a Filipina candidate since 1999, when Miriam Quiambao placed 1st runner-up, Desiree Verdadero 3rd in 1984, Charlene Gonzalez’s top 6 finish in 1994 and equals Chiqui Brosas’ 4th place standing in 1975.
All Filipinos must be proud of her achievement and she has done a great job in representing our country, despite current adversities.
Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete was crowned Miss Universe 2010. Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillipps was named first runner-up. Miss Ukraine, Anna Poslavska, was third runner-up, Miss Australia, Jesinta Campbell was second runner-up,
Before the announcement of winners, the top five were asked questions by a panel of celebrity judges.
The 22 year old Filipinas was asked by judge William Baldwin, “What is one big mistake that you’ve made in your life and what did you do to make it right?”
“Thank you so much, Sir for that wonderful question,” she says and then greets the audience, met by wild cheering.
“You know what, Sir in my 22 years of existence I can say that there is nothing major major, I mean, problem that I have done in my life. Because I am very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me. So, thank you so much that I am here, thank you thank you so much,” she answered.
Her journey to this year’s competition was a tough one. Raj was almost replaced by Bb. Pilipinas runner-up Helen Nicolette Henson after being stripped of her crown and title when organizers of the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe pageant found “inconsistencies” on her birth certificate.
Raj was advised by former Ms. Universe Gloria Diaz to let it go. Meanwhile, she found an ally in then Commission on Human Rights chair Leila de Lima
The Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. said Raj would be reinstated on the condition that she is able to obtain a valid Philippine passport.
“We have reassessed the situation pertaining to Miss Maria Venus Raj and have decided, for humanitarian reasons, that if she is able to obtain a valid Philippine passport, we will reinstate her as the reigning Bb. Pilipinas-Universe,” said the BCPI.
Raj then obtained a valid Philippine passport from the Department of Foreign Affairs, despite saying she should be reinstated without condition.
On August 4, Raj flew to the United States to represent the Philippines, competing with 82 other beauty queens from Albania to Zambia in a pageantry of swimsuits, evening gowns and quick-thinking interview skills in the their quest to bring home the 2010 Miss Universe crown.
The contest, co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC, was judged by celebrities including 2010 Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek and actress Jane Seymour.