“One lesson in life that women can teach men is being sensitive. Men are more logical when it comes to decisions. They’re rational and straightforward. Unlike women, we use our hearts and we tend to get emotional when we make our decisions. Sensitivity is something that we women can teach to men.”
Ariella Arida, Miss Universe Philippines 2013
After 37 years, the University of the Philippines in Los Banos (UPLB) produced another beauty and brains combined queen as its chemistry graduate, Ariella Arida, edged out 49 other candidates in the Binibining Pilipinas 2013 Pageant.
The university cheered on as Arida rose towards becoming the night’s queen–much the same when Lizbeth Samson de Padua was crowned Bb. Pilipinas in 1976.
Much pressure is added with the winning streak of the past three years which saw the country’s representatives to the most prestigious beauty pageant in the Top 5 finish. Venus Raj won fourth runner-up in the 2010, Shamcey Supsup who won third runner-up in 2011, and Janine Tugonon who won first runner-up in Las Vegas in December last year.
“I know there will be so much pressure on me. But I will do my best,” Arida said.