MABUHAY! Megan Young has done the impossible, winning the world title that has eluded the county for almost half a century. Once, it was said that on the day man conquered the moon, a Filipina conquered the universe. Megan was destined to conquer the world.
Megan Young, the first Filipina ever to win the Miss World title vows to be the best. Images courtesy of Miss World
The 23-year-old actress and aspiring filmmaker covered her face and smiled to the cheers of the Indonesian crowd and ecstatic countrymen when she was announced the winner Saturday night by the obviously elated Miss World organization owner Julia Morley. Megan, gorgeously stunning in her Francis Libiran pink, sequined serpentine gown, was in quiet disbelief but shed tears when asked about how she felt by the host who excitedly revealed her mother is a Filipino. “Just be myself in everything I do, to share what I know and to educate people. I promise to be the best Miss World ever,” she calmly answered.
Megan, a US-born Olongapo girl, bested a record 126 contestants after earning an automatic top 15 semi-finalist slot for topping the Top Model competition. Miss France Marine Lorphelin and Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter finished second and third places, respectively. Outgoing Miss World 2012 Wenxia Yu of China crowned Megan in the glittering finale held under tight security in Nusa Dua, Bali, a world renowned resort island where the contest was transferred from the capital city of Jakarta amid weeks of protests from Muslim hardliners.
In one of the many signs pointing to her imminent win, Megan was given the spotlight as she danced the Singkil during the Dances of the World portion of the program. She was simply captivating on her video-taped interview which highlighted her pretty face, grace and intelligence. “I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do. I will use this to show people how they can understand each other. As one we can help society,” her answer to the final question ‘why should she become Miss World.’
Megan’s triumph is the culmination of a long search for the right country girl who can bring home the Miss World crown, from the likes of Pinky Amabuyok (1965), Minerva Cagatao (1970), Evangeline Pascual (1973), Sarah Jane Areza (1982), Sherry Rose Byrne (1986), Ruffa Guttierez (1993), Katherine Ann Manalo (2002), Maria Rafaela Yunon (2003), Karla Bautista (2004), Carlene Aguilar (2005), Gwendoline Ruais (2011), and Queenierich Rehman (2012).
Miss World 2012 Wenxia Yu places the crown on Young.
News of Megan’s victory was met with joy and exaltation by her countrymen including Evangeline Pascual, the woman who could have taken over as Miss World in 1973 after the winner was dethroned, who sent this message, “I didn’t quite know much of our lovely Miss World at the start but I have heard much great affirmations about her. She is detailed with her purpose as a woman, and that’s the way it should be. She is cosmopolitan, knowledgeable and real cool! She had something aimed and she certainly knows her onions. My heart goes to her and I look forward to meeting her someday. Kudos to her folks and Cory Quirino who can run the Miss World Contest so well. I know that she can bring the Miss World contest to the Philippines. Mabuhay!”
A rousing hero’s welcome awaits the new Miss World when she returns home after her historic feat which, incidentally, put the Philippines on world record as the first and only county to win all ‘grandslam’ beauty titles including Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth, Miss Tourism Queen International and Miss Supranational.
Megan said in a post victory long distance interview that they were to proceed to London before her homecoming. She will spend the next year travelling as spokesperson of the Miss World Organization in fund-raising activities to help raise money for its charitable causes. Unlike her baby turtle Manila which she freed in the Bali waters ‘out to the great unknown’ during an environmental preservation project, Megan’s path is sure to bring her to greater success.