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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

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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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Arida makes it to top 10 in Miss Universe 2013

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Miss Philippines Arriela Arida made it to top 10 in the ongoing Miss Universe 2013 pageant in Moscow, Russia, early Saturday.

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Miss Universe dedicates show to ‘Yolanda’ victims

In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 photo participants of the 2013 Miss Universe pageant contest pose for a photo after semi-final in Moscow, Russia. AP

Miss Universe 2013 host Thomas Roberts said the show is dedicated to victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda”, which left behind a devastating trail of destruction in Philippines before it headed towards Vietnam.

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Arida makes it to top 16 in Miss Universe 2013

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Miss Philippines Arriela Arida made it to top 16 in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant ongoing at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia, early Saturday.

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PH bet Ariella Arida considered ‘the best in Asia’ ahead of Miss Universe pageant

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Arriela Arida INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

International beauty experts have included 2013 Miss Philippines Ariella Arida on their list of favorites to win the Miss Universe crown, because of her beauty and stage presence. But people who know her said there was more to this dusky beauty than meets the eye.

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Miss Universe host slams Russia for ‘demonizing’ gays

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US television host Thomas Roberts, who is in Moscow to present Miss Universe contest and is openly gay, has condemned Russia’s homophobic legislation in what he called dark times for the country.

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Spunk, positive attitude fuel Ariella’s bid for Miss Universe crown

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ARIDA, third from left, was the only Asian in this Mercedes Benz shoot. COURTESY OF MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION

Before 2013 Miss Universe Philippines Ariella Arida left for Moscow on her quest for the coveted Miss Universe crown, her “sisters” at Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) cited her positivity and calm spirit.

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Fil-French beauty a presenter for Miss World 2013 pageant

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In last year’s Miss Universe tilt, 2011 Miss Universe third runner-up Shamcey Supsup was designated online backstage chronicler. On Sept. 28, 2011, Miss World first runner-up Gwendoline Ruais will be web presenter for the 2013 Miss World pageant to be held in Indonesia.

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