PROFILE: Miss Universe Philippines 2013 - Ariella Arida

Posted on 4/15/13 4:44 PM

“Men are more logical unlike us women, we use our heart.”

Ariella Arida defines herself as just an ordinary woman but for the next 365 days, she’ll be anything but as she is now Miss Universe - Philippines 2013.

COMPLETE RESULTS: Binibining Pilipinas 2013 Winners

A BS chemistry graduate of the University of the Philippines got the Bb. Pilipinas crown Sunday night.

Arida, who also joined in last year’s Ms. Philippines-Earth pageant, bagged the coveted title over 49 other candidates.
The stunning lady who hails from Alaminos, Laguna impressed  judges during the Q & A portion with her answer on what  women can teach men.

"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," she said.
Arida, who also won the Best in Swimsuit Award, enjoys sports including volleyball, swimming, and running, having finished a 21K recently. She considers 2010 Miss Universe 4th runner up Venus Raj as her idol.

The 24-year-old Arida is a proud Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) member.

With the church celebrating its 99th founding anniversary, will the Golden Year of Bb. Pilipinas bring home the Miss Universe crown?

The year 1969 will be remembered as the year when man finally landed on the moon, but for Filipinos it was the time when then 18-year-old Gloria Diaz was formally recognized as the most beautiful girl in the universe.

Shortly after her coronation, astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was still in outer space at that time, asked what the latest news on earth was. The interviewer replied, “For the first time, a Filipina, Gloria Diaz, won the Miss Universe title.” This interview, which was broadcast via satellite, made Diaz even more popular around the globe.

It didn’t take long for another Filipina to follow in Diaz’s footsteps as Margie Moran managed to attain an equally unforgettable feat by winning the Philippines’ second Miss Universe title in 1973.

Can Arida mix the right formula to bag the Miss Universe crown?

“I’ve never been this hardworking in my entire life because I used to be a just an average person. I don’t usually work hard because I feel more depressed if I know that I pay more attention to it and then I fail. But now, with this pageant, this is really the time when I really worked hard physically, emotionally.”

While past winners Shamcey Supsup and Janine Tugonon are known for their tsunami and cobra walks, respectively, Arida said she is ready to show the world her own “ariba walk.”

Arida said her signature walk is all about projection and the glide of her hips.

Ariella’s journey to the Miss Universe stage has just begun.

What points of improvement does she plan to work on in the months leading to the pageant?

“I have to improve more on communicating to people because I am here to be a spokesperson to everyone. I want everyone to get what I want to say more easily. And also, I can’t forget the walk and the personality because I think that’s also important.”

She carries not only a crown on her head, but also the hopes of every Filipino who desire nothing more than to see a Filipina crowned as Miss Universe 2013.

Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. — Albert Einstein
I write about darkness because I want to show the light — Jose Rizal

He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is the organist and an officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).
Paul is a BS Accountancy student at the Northwestern University. He works for CBAA Biznews and  The Blog of Innocence: SilentVoice Points. He is the College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chairperson. CEGP is the oldest and broadest intercollegiate alliance of student publications in the Asia-Pacific.

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