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Lightning doesn’t strike thrice

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ARIDA. The only non-Latina in the Top Five. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

The recent telecast of the 2013 Miss Universe finals was an instructive lesson in the perils of collective self-confidence, and even smugness run riot. “Everyone” was saying that this would be the year for the Philippines’ bet to romp off with the global crown, like our bets in the Supranational and Miss World tilts had [...]

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Ariella turns 25, set to start a fundraiser

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Third runner-up Miss Universe 2013 Ariella Arida marks her 25th birth anniversary this Wednesday by launching a fundraiser for the victims of “Yolanda.”

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Man behind Ariella’s smile

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ERVIC Vijandre and Ariella Arida. “I’m very proud of her,” he says.

Ariella Arida’s swimsuit and evening gown in the Miss Universe pageant were “sponsored,” but her winning smile was courtesy of her inspiration, cager-actor Ervic Vijandre.

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Venezuela’s Gabriela Isler crowned Miss Universe 2013

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A 25-year-old Venezuelan television presenter, Gabriela Isler, on Saturday (early Sunday in Manila) was crowned Miss Universe in Moscow in a glittering ceremony.

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Arida now on top 5 list in Miss Universe 2013

Ariella Arida  PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK.COM

Ariella Arida made it to the top five list in the ongoing Miss Universe 2013 at Moscow, Russia, early Sunday (Manila time).

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