In swimsuit and shining bright (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
In evening gown and sparkling like a diamond (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
You really can’t put a good woman down.
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida stood tall, delivered and even converted some of the non-believers.
During the Miss Universe 2013 Preliminaries, she did not disappoint all her fans and supporters with a performance that could only be described as world-class and in keeping with the other strong favorites for the crown.
It only goes to show that our hard-earned streak of top placements from 2010 to 2012 is no coincidence. There is tremendous improvement in our Miss Universe reps and it can only get better from hereon.
Keep it up till November 9, Ariella! :-D
Watch the complete Preliminary Competition below.
courtesy of OfficialMissUniverse
courtesy of Yukie Chen
In Evenjng Gown
A good number of the audience at Crocus City Hall agrees.
Ariella did very well in both segments.
No need to pull her down just to make a grand statement.
Way to go, Miss Philippines! :-)
Ariella in the pageant's website
Tweet from Ariella after the show
Ariella getting ready for her catwalk (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida during the introduction of candidates with Peru and Poland (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida in her yellow Barraza gown (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
I don’t have any intentions of pre-empting your excitement in watching the Miss Universe 2013 Preliminaries. But since OPMB Worldwide released photos of the rehearsals, I decided to post them because it’s already like watching the actual show. The only thing left is to see her in fluid motion during the live streaming webcast.
Bigger view of Ariella's gown (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
And another one
Oh and yes, I hate to say this with a smile on my face, but I am loving the Alfredo Barraza gown. The choice of color may not be a stroke of genius, but it definitely made our girl easily stand out among the candidates. And with her long straight black hair matched for full effect, no preliminary judge will even come close to giving her a score lower than 9 with a high decimal figure attached to it.
Still missing the swimsuit images, but I’m pretty darn sure that they will be just as great! :-)
What performance will Miss Philippines Ariella Arida deliver in the preliminaries of Miss Universe 2013?
Crucial. The word pretty much sums up the Preliminaries of Miss Universe 2013 which will start live-streaming from the pageant website in just a little over a few hours from now. This is where the semifinalists will be determined. The event that will divide the line between being called to center stage and being left behind this coming November 9.
During rehearsal for Preliminaries, could this photo be a genuine sneak peek of colors to come? Use a magnifying glass if you will.
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida prepared long and hard for the time to shine. And she is not about to let up at this point.
Let’s wish her the best of luck in both the swimsuit and evening gown competitions.
While waiting for the Prelims to start, watch a good video of the National Costume Parade below.
courtesy of Alex Vicious
Russian singer Emin (bottom left and right photos) with the 7 MU2013 ladies who joined him in a music video.
Below is Emin’s music video for “Amor” featuring Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo
courtesy of eminmusicofficial
Popular (and good-looking) Russian singer Emin will be the guest performer for the finals of Miss Universe 2013 this coming Saturday. While his music video for “Amor” (featuring Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo) has already been released (watch above), he took the opportunity to film another one (for the upcoming release of his next single “In Another Life”)while the candidates of the ongoing pageant are still in Moscow. And for this, he short-listed seven (7) ladies to join him – Spain’s Patricia Rodriguez, Switzerland’s Dominique Rinderknecht, Puerto Rico’s Monic Perez, Ukraine’s Olga Storozhenko, Poland’s Paulina Krupinska, USA’s Erin Brady and the Philippines’ Ariella Arida. The nice thing about this participation is that the vid will continuously show even after the competition is long over.
Emin (left) while shooting the new music video
Filming was completed two yesterday, and I can’t wait to see the final cut! ;-)
Judges for the Preliminaries
The Preliminaries of Miss Universe 2013 will be live-streamed from the pageant’s website, so no need to go anywhere else unless a reliable Russian link proves to be more real-time.
For those who are confused by the time differences, the show will be seen on the website at 11:00 AM ET. Manila has a 13-hour difference with New York. So expect the live streaming to start between 12 midnight-1:00 AM of November 6 (Wednesday) in Manila, barring any unforeseen technical hiccups of course. In Moscow, it should start around 8pm their time. ;-)
For tonight’s Preliminaries, I selected 16 ladies who I feel will do well.
This list of sixteen (16) ladies will most likely have a change or two (or three) after tonight’s Miss Universe 2013 Preliminaries at Crocus City Hall. So before the crucial event unfolds, I decided to post the ones in my list of expected stand-outs in the swimsuit and evening gown rounds. There is a possibility that most of them will consistently shine. And there is also a good chance that a few will be outshadowed by surprise (or sleeper) performers.
The usual suspects for high-scoring presentations are favorites like Poland’s Paulina Krupinska, Puerto Rico’s Monic Perez, Spain’s Patricia Rodriguez, the Philippines’ Ariella Arida, Israel’s Yityish Titi Aynaw and Venezuela’s Maria Gabriela Isler. Two ladies who will no longer surprise, but stamp their formal entry into the list of potential placers, are Great Britain’s Amy Willerton and Turkey’s Berrin Keklikler. Out to prove their real worth, in my opinion, are USA’s Erin Brady, Italy’s Luna Voce and Hinarani de Longeaux of France. Indonesia’s Whulandary Herman could be the next best Asian bet for tonight, with Olivia Wells of Australia, Carolina Brid of Panama and Gabriela Kratochvilova pulling in some nice scores as well. And as host delegate, Elmira Abdrazakova of Russia will bring in the hometown favoritism which shouldn’t come as a surprise anymore.
Just to complete my Top 20, I would include Ukraine, Peru, Japan and Dominican Republic.
Let’s see who will really stand head and shoulders above the rest. It’s going to be a wild, bumpy but exhilarating ride for sure. ;-)