Top 5 Reasons why the Philippines is a Miss Universe Country

Ever wonder why the Philippines is such a Miss Universe country? Why Filipinos all over the world would travel to any host country just to watch the pageant live? Why despite different timezones, Filipinos would wake up at god-forsaken hours just to watch the pageant live via television or even streaming? What make the Miss Universe pageant so addictive to Filipinos that they love the pageant so much?

Well here are just several reasons why Filipinos have deep seeded connections with this pageant.
1. The Glamour – this is undeniably one of the biggest reasons why the Miss Universe is the most followed competition by the majority of pageant fans. Who could ever forget how the MUOrg eleveated the simple candidate profile pictorial to the glamshot that everybody eagerly anticipates? Or how the website is updated with countless candidate pictures in their evening gowns and swimsuits aside from their glamshots? Or how about the lavish traditional (and even non-traditional and modern) national costumes that we see the ladies prep for? Not to mention the gowns and opening dresses that provide all the glamour to the pageant. These are what keeps every pageant fan glued to their laptops and computers awaiting the next salvo of photos and who among the girls had the best photos or the most number of likes/ shares in Facebook.
2. The MU Entertainment Factor – undeniably, the pageant is one of the most awaited entertainment showcases on television. It has all the glitz & glamour of a fashion show, the competitiveness of a TV reality show, the showmanship of an awards show and the musicality of a Broadway show, all combined in one tight package. There is drama and excitement in its live telecast and you can feel the energy jump through your TV screens… and every Filipino pageant fan is a lover of all that flair, the pomp and pageantry. The multitudes of festivals and fiestas dotting the country is proof of that.

3. The Philippines and the US have a shared history together – if you don’t believe Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach’s top 5 Q&A then just go back to the country’s history. The kinship of these two countries forged a tight bond like its other former territories. This is much like the Miss World has a special bond to former British colonies like India, Australia and several other commonwealth kin. The MU has been generous to former territories like the Philippines and Puerto Rico. The Philippines is one of the colonies of the US in the early 20th century. It is said that aside from education and the love of basketball, the US brought the beauty pageant culture in the country. In fact, the Carnival Queen one of the first beauty pageant in the Philippines was a celebration of the two countries’ friendship.
4. The Philippines is one of the ‘Winning-est’ Countries in Miss Universe – the Philippines is currently ranked in the top 5 most wins and this is why the pageant is followed by a lot of Pinoy fans. With 3 crowns, 9 runners up and 8 semifinalists, the Filipinos enjoy how our reps are successful in the pageant. Knowing that our girls have a shot at winning the title allows more pageant fans to be in love with the pageant. It is one of the pageants where the winners are always deserving (yes, there were object-able winners in the past, but they were never undeserving of the title). And this is why Filipinos continue to flock around their TV screens to watch this annual beauty Olympics, and now Pinoys can watch it live in Manila on January 30th.
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5. Fan treatment by the MUOrg – in the cases that I have covered the pageant live, I have seen how fans are treated as important by the MUOrg. They would allow fans to take videos, snap pics and even take selfies with the girls. Add to that is the statement by the MU president herself that the best pageant fans in the world are Filipinos. You would really feel that you are a VIP in the pageant when you can have selfies with Paula Shugart, Lu Sierra, Shawn McClain and the rest of the MU officials and personnel… not to mention the fact that the Miss Universe allows pageant fans to be as loud in their cheers for their favorite ladies during the finals night. This is arguably one of the top reasons why the Miss Universe is loved by Filipinos.
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