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Ariella Arida wins Miss Universe Philippines 2013

[Updated] A UP BS Chemistry graduate from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in Laguna, Ariella Arida was crowned Miss Philippines Universe 2013.

Arida bested 49 other ladies vying for the Miss Universe Philippines 2013 crown in the just concluded Binibining Pilipinas 2013 pageant held at the Araneta Coliseum Sunday night, April 14.

Miss Universe 2013 First Runner-Up Janine Tugonon crowns  Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida during the pageant's finals Sunday, April 14. Will the new queen surpass Tugonon's success at the annual Miss Universe pageant?

Miss Universe 2013 First Runner-Up Janine Tugonon crowns Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida during the pageant’s finals night Sunday, April 14. Will the new queen surpass her successor’s achievement at the annual Miss Universe pageant? ~ Photo credit: BPCI

Asked by Philippine National Police Chief Allan Purisima what one lesson women can teach men, Arida mentioned about “being sensitive” adding men are more logical and straightforward. Women on the other hand use their heart. “Sensitivity is the one lesson that women can teach men,” she reiterated.

[Update] Here’s the full transcript of Ariella Arida’s answer during the Q&A portion:

One lesson in life that we, women, can teach men is being sensitive. Because we all know that men are more logical when it comes to decision. They usually are more rational, straight forward. Unlike we, women, we use our heart and we tend to get emotional in some of our decisions… For me, sensitivity is something that we can teach men.

A BS Chemistry graduate from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2013 Ariella Arida will compete to the annual Miss Universe pageant this year.

The 24-year-old beauty is yet another exotic Filipina beauty to win the Miss Universe Philippines crown after Venus Raj (2010) and Janine Tugonon (2012) who both emerged as runners-up in the annual Miss Universe pageant. Before becoming the Filipina beauty set to rock the universe once again come July 2013, Arida is already a ramp model, swimmer, runner, and volleyball player.

Will her beauty surpass what the three previous Miss Universe Philippines candidates have achieved?

Critics and several pageant fanatics said she’s just an average woman who didn’t really shine bright during the coronation night and she was least expected to win the crown. Supporters however said she’s a very stunning Filipina beauty that could be the third Miss Universe from the country. The first after four decades. The last Filipina Miss Universe was Margie Moran (Floriendo) who was crowned Miss Universe in 1972. The Philippines got it first crown in 1969 with Gloria Diaz.

Arida told press after the pageant she didn’t expect to win but since she’s now carrying the responsibility to make the nation proud, she said she’s up to the challenge of winning the crown. The lady still has a few months to prepare before the competition late this year with exact date and venue yet to be announced.

“I’ve never been this hardworking in my entire life,” the newly-crowned beauty queen said. “I used to be just an average person, I don’t usually work hard because I would feel depressed if I fail. But during this pageant, I really worked hard physically, mentally, and emotionally. So yes, the pressure, I can handle it, I’m prepared and I’m ready to face all the challenges that will come to me.”

Is she deserving of the crown? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

See official list of Binibining Pilipinas 2013 winners here.

Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida flaunts her sexy athletic body during the swimsuit competition of the 2013 Binibining Pilipinas Pageant. She was adjudged Best in Swimsuit.

Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida flaunts her sexy athletic body during the swimsuit competition of the 2013 Binibining Pilipinas Pageant. She was adjudged Best in Swimsuit. ~ Photo credit: BPCI

Ariella Arida Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2013 Winner

Ariella Arida was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2013. Will she be the third Filipina to win the most coveted Miss Universe come July 2013? ~ Photo credit: BPCI

Candidate No. 41, Ariella Arida in swimsuit with other candidates. She won Best in Swimsuit award and was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2013.

Candidate No. 41, Ariella Arida in swimsuit with other candidates. She won Best in Swimsuit award and was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2013. ~ Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide

Here’s how she does during the coronation night:

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