With the finals of of Miss International 2017 just a few days away, the question in most every pageant followers’ mind from Manila to Madagascar is if the Philippines will score a historic back-to-back win with Mariel de Leon.
“The odds are the chances that something will happen. … Anyone predicting the weather is telling the odds of rain or snow — they don’t know for sure. If something strange happens people often say, “What were the odds of that?”, which means: “I can’t believe that happened. The odds were against it.”
To date, five (5) Filipinas have attempted to nail the crown for a second consecutive year – Isabel Barnett Santos in 1965, Evelyn Camus in 1971, Dianna Jeanne Chiong in 1980, Denille Lou Valmonte in 2006 and Bianca Guidotti in 2014 – but did not have the fortune to invite good fate on their side back then.
“Against all odds’ means despite very low probability; in a most unlikely way.“
Just like the other five, Mariel is against all odds – moreso now than the surrounding circumstances during the mid-60s and early 70s. A back-to-back victory for the same country is still a wish waiting to be granted, Miss International-wise.
But unlike several decades ago (or even in the early years of the New Millennium), the Philippines is enjoying a stronger wave of top achievements in the global pageant stage that can never be denied. The preparations of our candidates have never been stronger as 2017 records would attest to. And if the tug-o-war between Venezuela and our country is to be used as a barometer of popularity and sustained media mileage, then there could even be the chance of seeing Diana Croce and Mariel being the last two women standing.
But I digress just a bit because our bet has not received unanimous thumbs up from everyone, and will not stop at hollering the “clapper” screams and shrieks every chance they get.
So where does that leave us then? I would always go back to what our bet said during her send-off weeks back. Watch the video below.
courtesy of Beauty Beauty
Mariel went to Tokyo with the right attitude for competition. If she is meant to win the Mikimoto crown because the judges find her the most qualified among the 71 candidates, then so be it. She will enjoy the experience and not allow the back-to-back pressure hanging around her neck like a cowbell. Let it be known, though, that she will fight just as hard as everyone else in winning the Miss International crown – a 7th time for the Philippines on her agenda and a victory that would leave a mark in the history of the pageant for years to come.