The graduation photo of Venus Raj
Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010 and Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Maria Venus Raj continues to be an inspiration inside and out of the pageant world. After getting credited for starting the placement streak of the Philippines in Miss Universe, she has achieved another milestone in life by graduating (see her graduation photo above
) from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a Master’s Degree in Community Development. This was not the easiest task to complete, but with sheer discipline and determination, she was able to add an entirely new facet to her already colorful life as a Beauty Queen.
Venus will now be able to pursue her other “more meaningful” life objectives as she plots a career in public service, initially in her home municipality of Bato, Camarines Sur where she wants to give back in more ways than one.
I salute you, Venus.
Venus Raj for Fair Magazine
I was looking for an excellent reason to blog about her once more. Good thing her photos for the latest issue of Fair Magazine got uploaded so we now have a Wayback Wednesday feature for Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010 and Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj. She who takes the bragging rights for starting off the placement streak of the Philippines in Miss Universe that rapturously culminated in our 3rd crown last 2015 for Pia Wurtzbach and a continuation this year when Maxine Medina claimed a Top 6 position during the 65th Miss Universe in Manila last January.
Here is a video of the full Preliminaries during the 59th Edition held in Las Vegas that eventually led to her Top 5 finish:
courtesy of Latino Vicente
Now here are videos of her latest TV guesting on “Magandang Buhay” of ABS-CBN:
And here is a video of the new house of Venus Raj in Camarines Sur:
courtesy of Pinoy News
Still as divine as the day she started the placement streak of the Philippines in Miss Universe
So as you can see, Venus has really progressed from seven years ago till now. The road after Miss Universe 2010 may have been bumpy at times, but she kept on pushing things forward and making a good accountability of herself – be it as a Bicolana, as a student of higher studies, as a former Bb. Pilipinas titleholder and even as a host.
Kudos to you, V! 🙂
Marelisa Gibson, Miss Venezuela 2010, poses in her Dar Be Dar swimsuit
Utterly gorgeous Marelisa Gibson of Venezuela, unplaced during Miss Universe 2010
Marelisa Gibson in evening gown during Miss Universe 2010
Marelisa Gibson Villegas is the Miss Venezuela who had the unfortunate fate of following two (2) Miss Universe back-to-back winners (Dayana Mendoza and Stefania Fernandez
) during her turn to represent the South American country in Las Vegas. She was aiming for a three-peat that would have secured another Guinness World Record. But instead of coming close to winning the title, she was not even lucky enough to make the first cut to the Top 15 and was kept backstage for almost the entire telecast of the finals.
I will no longer provide a string of possible answers to questions about her non-placement at the very least. But suffice it to say that she must have suffered in comparison to her victorious Venezuelan predecessors(she somehow lacked the oomph that both Dayana and Stefania displayed in abundance). This aside from having to compete with the ever-strong Ximena Navarrette who was tipped to win Mexico’s 2nd Miss Universe crown right from the get-go.
Below is a video clip of her performance during the Preliminaries of Miss Universe 2010.
courtesy of jesushermen
You can’t deny that Marelisa is a mighty fine Miss Venezuela who fitted nicely into her country’s profile of a Miss Universe rep. But she just wasn’t meant to continue the #1 streak for a 3rd time. After her, the ladies who followed continued with either the runner-up or Top 15/10 placements up until the latest edition held in Doral.
If it’s any small consolation, she is not alone in that category as her compatriot Ana Karina Áñez also failed to place during Miss Universe 2004 in Quito.
Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010 Venus Raj during her send-off to Miss Universe 2010
One of the pre-arrival pics of Venus for MU2010
The woman who jumpstarted the Philippines’ string of Top 5 placements in Miss Universe is sporting a new look with her short hairdo and a visibly more serene presence.
After the victory party of Aces & Queens last weekend, I decided to check out all the 2010 photo files on my laptop so I can come up with a Throwback Thursday post for Venus. Just look at her send-off photos above. She had such a ravishing aura. Back then, it was no longer a surprise that she was handpicked by MUO to be one of six (6) ladies to do a promotional junket of sorts for the pageant in Los Angeles (watch video below), days ahead of the actual thing in Las Vegas.
Check it out. 😀
courtesy of Mark Paul Yap
The latest pic of Venus (rightmost) during the Aces & Queens Victory Party
All send-off photos courtesy of Bruce Casanova. Victory Party photo courtesy of Jory Rivera.
It's happening this coming Wednesday, December 3
This coming Wednesday, a Meet-and-Greet with Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-up Venus Raj will be conducted at Pizza Hut inside SM Megamall. The event coincides with her current support mission with World Food Programme and its advocacies for world hunger relief.
While invitational, the activity will help spread awareness of the latest project of Venus among attending media reps and guests. In hindsight, this could also signal her future plans of running for public office – something she has been mulling about for years.
And may I also add that our Venus is also active with the Teach for the Philippines Project where she helps in providing children with good education. (See photo below generously shared by my friend Francis Calubaquib)
Venus is also active with Teach for the Philippines
Venus Raj for 2GO Travel Magazine
The peak of her spotlight may have already lapsed last 2010, but Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010 and Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj continues to shine. In fact, she manages to keep her trim and sexy self up to now. The enviable waistline has never changed. What’s more, the naturally warm personality remains intact.
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Venus Raj speaking in front of a full-packed venue during the Youth Convention hosted by the Atty. Francis Padua Papica Foundation in Naga City.
Years after Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010 and Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Maria Venus Raj brought the Philippines pageant honor in Las Vegas, she is now gazing at more charity and advocacy-oriented activities.
Guests of Honor and Speakers during the Naga City-hosted Youth Convention
During a chat we had early last year, I remember her saying that she sincerely wants to put up a foundation for the education of streetchildren. So I was no longer surprised when she turned out to be one of the speakers during the Youth Convention organized by the Atty. Francis Padua Papica Foundation and attended by thousands of youth leaders from all over the country. Along with the Hon. Leni Robredo, mentor Jonas Gaffud, fellow Beauty Queen Ariella Arida, actor Benjamin Alves, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Jim Paredes and more, she spoke to the participants about her journey to success and inspired them to do everything to the best of their abilities to rise above the challenges today.
This speaking engagement should help Venus jumpstart her noble plans for the future. Her leadership skills cannot be ignored. And in just a few years from now, I wouldn’t be surprised if she joins politics in the Bicol Region, if not put into motion her long-cherished dream of putting out-of-school youth inside the classroom.
Your blogger is behind Venus in whatever good endeavor she plans to accomplish in the years to come. 🙂